Category Archives: Egalitarianism

Ken Hom VERSUS Bill Nye? A Case for the Sacred Feminine Word

You’ve all heard about the debates between Ken Hom and Bill Nye. Now Ken has turned his attention to Christ Tilling to start a debate about the literal meaning of the Holy Scripture. In the spirit of open and honest – but caring, loving and spiritual – let’s debate by offering a similar but different path – literal and metaphorical – for us all to travel hand-in-hand.

Let me start by saying that there’s nothing wrong with a literal reading.

As long as it also embraces The Word of our hearts.

In the original Hebrew of John’s Prologue (I use “John” for convenient shorthand – there’s no evidence he was a man), the Greek for “Word” (or “Logos”) is actually originally a feminine noun meaning “Divine Feminine Wisdom”.

And the Divine Feminine Wisdom – or Lady Jesus – was In the Beginning at Creation.

Literally AND spiritually. Both man AND woman.

And neither.

Ken is a formidable intellect, as shown by his honorary degree from arguably the center of American learning, Liberty University, with its apt motto, Knowledge Aflame.

But he’s more than that.

Ken has also shown his sacred feminine by being one of the world’s leading chefs of healthy and ethnic food.

He has also produced some exquisitely crafted woks and “ethnic cookware” since 1986.

Ken Hom’s feminine ethnic cookware

And, yes, that’s right. They are the shape of the sacred womb.

And of all different shapes and sizes.

And, yes, just like real, everyday vaginas are.

Is that not the story of the Incarnation in a nutshell? Or, if you like, in a wok?

Maybe, one day, after a period of recollection and prayer, the Sacred Feminine might find a place in Ken’s Creation Museum and all us Christians – whether American or one of those peoples who wear grass skirts – could all embrace Lady Jesus.

Whether we believe in her literally or spiritually.

So, instead of this being about Ken Hom VERSUS Bill Nye, let this be about us all embracing in Christ the Sacred Feminine Word, whether a leading intellectual, rewarded for putting knowledge to the flame, or a simple Arab-Jewish feminist like Jesus.

With difference in egalitarianality.

xx

A New Book on Women in Luke

This book is a little gem shining in the darkness!

But a confused little gem.

F. Scott Spencer, Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows (Eerdmans 2012)

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Engaging feminist hermeneutics and philosophy in addition to more traditional methods of biblical study, Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows demonstrates and celebrates the remarkable capability and ingenuity of several women in the Gospel of Luke. While recent studies have exposed women’s limited opportunities for ministry in Luke, Scott Spencer pulls the pendulum back from a negative feminist-critical pole toward a more constructive center.
Granting that Luke sends somewhat “mixed messages” about women’s work and status as Jesus’ disciples, Spencer analyzes such women as Mary, Elizabeth, Joanna, Martha and Mary, and the infamous yet intriguing wife of Lot — whom Jesus exhorts his followers to “remember” — as well as the unrelentingly persistent women characters in Jesus’ parables.

Mary Ann Beavis tells us that this is a “welcome contribution to feminist discourse on the Gospel of Luke.”

But that’s where I am confused.

Very confused.

Recent studies have not “exposed women’s limited opportunities for ministry in Luke”. Recent studies have shown that Luke was actually the first “second wave” feminist (Jesus was the first “first wave” feminist).

I am also confused by this: “Scott Spencer pulls the pendulum back from a negative feminist-critical pole toward a more constructive center.”

Negative feminist-critical approaches ARE the constructive center.

Or at least they should be.

But what I interpret Spencer to be doing is bringing in feminist criticism to the constructive center to show everyone that, hey, this stuff is challenging but it speaks to us and can touch our hearts as women or men.

In her endorsement, Warren Carter asks: “Is Luke’s Gospel the most dangerous book in the Bible for women and men?”

Oh yes it is.

With bells on.

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Former Soft Complementarian Embraces Gender Equality: Michael F. Bird’s Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts

Here is some wonderful news! Former soft complementarian, Michael F. Bird. writes on his blog that he has reconsidered what the Bible says about the role of women in ministry. He now upholds “biblical gender equality and the egalitarian view.”

His new book is only available as an ebook:

Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Hair Cuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry
Michael F. Bird (Christmas Day)

Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts, an original digital short by author Michael Bird, offers an engaging, incisive perspective on biblical gender equality and the egalitarian view—a preference for allowing women to hold teaching and leadership positions in ministry.

What makes this book especially interesting for egalitarians is that Michael has based his change of mind on a careful reading of the Bible. Although there have already been naysayers and critics from the hard and soft complementarian camps, this answers those complementarians who are always claiming that they have the only correct view of what the Bible teaches on this matter.

The ebook will be released by Zondervan on Christmas Day. I think that this book is a little Christmas miracle!