Men and Women in the Church: Building Consensus on Christian Leadership: Building Consensus on Christian Leadership - eBook  -     By: Sarah Sumner
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2009 / ePub

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Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780830876334
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Evangelicals stand divided in their view of women in the church. On one side stand complementarians, arguing the full worth of women but assigning them to differing roles. On the other side stand egalitarians, arguing that the full worth of women demands their equal treatment and access to leadership roles. Is there a way to mend the breach and build consensus? Sarah Sumner thinks there is. Avoiding the pitfalls of both radical feminism and reactionary conservatism, she traces a new path through the issues--biblical, theological, psychological and practical--to establish and affirm common ground. Arguing that men and women are both equal and distinct, Sumner encourages us to find ways to honor and benefit from the leadership gifts of both. Men and Women in the Church is a book for all who want a fresh and hope-filled look at a persistent problem.

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Sarah Sumner (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is dean of the A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary in Redding, California. She is also an author and speaker who travels both nationally and internationally to address church congregations and institutions of Christian higher education. In addition, she is a consultant who addresses businesses and nonprofits on the subject of leadership and organizational health. Dr. Sumner is the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her formal training includes a B.A. from Baylor in Education, an M.A. in Theology from Wheaton College, an M.Div equivalent from Trinity, and an M.B.A. from Azusa Pacific University. For nine years Sumner served as a core teaching pastor at New Song Church in San Dimas, California. For almost thirteen years she worked primarily as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including and

Author Bio

Sarah Sumner (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is dean of the A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary in Redding, California. She is also an author and speaker who travels both nationally and internationally to address church congregations and institutions of Christian higher education. In addition, she is a consultant who addresses businesses and nonprofits on the subject of leadership and organizational health. Dr. Sumner is the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her formal training includes a B.A. from Baylor in Education, an M.A. in Theology from Wheaton College, an M.Div equivalent from Trinity, and an M.B.A. from Azusa Pacific University. For nine years Sumner served as a core teaching pastor at New Song Church in San Dimas, California. For almost thirteen years she worked primarily as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University.

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  1. Kerrville, TX
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a must-read for women in the Bible belt
    October 8, 2010
    Kelly Pelton
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Sumner takes Piper to task and makes a great case for what the metaphor "head/body" really means. I only wish she did not spend so much time trying to convince the reader that she is not angry; why would righteous indignation discredit her book? This author and Craig Keener are two eloquent voices in today's church with ultimate regard for scripture who conclude that the Bible does not support the subordination of women.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 31, 2009
    Elizabeth Goolsbay
    I just finished this book and was very impressed. Dr. Sumner did a very thorough job of logically leading the reader through the information and supported every assertion with scripture. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has struggled with the question of God's intentions for His children (both male and female) who are called to lead. I just wish the sub-title - "Building Consensus on Christian Leadership" - had been the main title because that was definitely the main objective of the book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 26, 2008
    Sue Micetic
    This is the most balanced view on church leadership I have read. Sarah begins by setting the discussion in an atmosphere of compassion seeking understand. If we all worked together with this Godly attitude, we would be growing in Christlikness no matter where we settled on the issue. And that is the real goal of the Christian life, isn't it?
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 9, 2007
    Kristen
    This book presents a new look at a very old issue. It will challenge us to dig deeper into the meaning of the scriptures and question traditions that have been passed down since the beginning. It is well written and farely easy to follow for theology. The thing that impressed me the most was this author's presentation. Even as she questions the differing opinions on this subject and offers a new biblical perspective, she does so respectfully and graciously. I highly recommend this book to anyone searching for balance or unity in the church.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 25, 2004
    Christian Woman
    Finally a book about the importance of men and women seeking after Christ rather than the hypothetical "Biblical view of manhood and womanhood." For all of those who are seeking an alternative to the unconvincing views of egalitarianism and complementarianism, this is a good book.
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