Paige Patterson, the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and hero to many conservatives, is fighting for his professional life after his regrettable remarks concerning battered wives and a “very attractive” and “built” teenage girl. While many evangelicals are calling for Patterson’s resignation, including nearly 3,000 Baptist women, some are defending him. In fact, one
Should women seek to emulate the idealized Proverbs 31 woman, who’s supposedly meek and demure? Or, in the words of feminist Gloria Steinem, should we try to become “the men we wanted to marry”? Today women are torn between two conflicting visions of womanhood, both in the church and society. And frankly, many of us
Several Bible and theology professors at the Moody Bible Institute (MBI) are openly protesting the board’s decision about a month ago to adopt the Short Statement of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and to require all faculty to sign it. The professors, who all served on an ad-hoc committee on inerrancy, voiced their opposition
What is the role of women in the church? Can they be pastors? Should they be allowed to preach? What about teaching small group Bible studies or seminary classes? These questions have divided the church for decades. And how Christians answer them generally depends on the camp to which they belong. So-called “complementarians” and “egalitarians”
Is it okay for moms and dads to switch roles? That’s a question a twenty-something man asked me after a talk I recently gave on misogyny and feminism to a young adult group at Alpine Chapel in suburban Chicago. It’s a fair question, especially in a culture where feminists espouse that all sex roles are
Three months ago, my career was going precisely to plan. I had just published my first book and had begun receiving invitations to speak at major conferences and large churches. My platform was growing. My radio show was doing well. And I was publishing regularly in Christian periodicals. Life was good until . . .
In wake of allegations that not all its faculty affirm biblical inerrancy, the Moody Bible Institute (MBI) yesterday took a bold step to define and strengthen its position on inerrancy, and to hold its faculty accountable. In an email sent to faculty and alumni, the institute announced it is adopting the Short Statement of the
I still tear up when I hear the iconic hymn “Just as I Am.” Forever etched in my mind are the hundreds, even thousands, of people streaming down the aisles at a Billy Graham Crusade to give their lives to Christ as the choir sings that song. As a kid, I watched practically every Billy
As a Christian journalist and broadcaster, I have wrestled with what the Scriptures say about publicly confronting Christian leaders and organizations. Does Matthew 18 apply, and if so, how? Recently, I came across this article by Mark Ballenger and thought it was so good, I asked him for permission to repost, which he graciously granted.
MBI Administrators Fail to Uphold Doctrine: Hire, Then Fire Female Pastor/Oppose Profs Who Report Drift
In the wake of allegations that Moody Bible Institute (MBI) is drifting theologically, the institute has consistently maintained that there is no drift, and that all its faculty are faithful to “Moody’s stated beliefs and mission.” Yet according to a lawsuit filed last week, Moody knowingly hired a woman who’s an ordained minister to teach