Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

jbmw-imageWhile perusing the last several issues of the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, I was reminded of how much my opinions on masculinity and femininity have changed over the years. This journal is a wonderful practical resource for complementarian seminary students, full-time workers, or moms raising children at home. Its articles range from discussion of doctrinal issues and scriptural exegesis to consideration on how to live out biblical manhood and womanhood in the various contexts and seasons we find ourselves in.

If you are unfamiliar with this journal or its perspective, the Danvers statement is a good place to start.

There are a number of differences between egalitarian and complementarian perspectives. Currently, I hold the view that either could be done to the glory of God, but both require prayerful consideration and submission to the Lord to see what He would ask of your household. (Originally, I was of a more egalitarian bent and unfortunately with some strong feminist influences that I did not even realize. Now, I would classify myself as a complementarian, but not without periodic questions and struggles.)

Although this issue can cause division in the body of Christ, discussing the differences could actually refine and purify us if we are willing to do so with gentleness and respect. It is important to keep in mind that God sometimes grants individuals or families unique opportunities to manifest His character. There is a measure of freedom and accompanying responsibility within each view.

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