This looks at a topic that many pastors fear touching -- a woman's place in the church. This book looks at what the scripture says and gives many examples from real life that sets women free to be all God calls them to be. God has gifted many women with such leadership qualities -- and surely He means for them to use them. This book will especially help those of us who want to obey God's Word fully, while releasing us to fully use the gifts God has placed within us.
This book was recommended to me highly by a pastor friend who had bought the book and put in on her shelf. When she read it in preparation for speaking at a conference she said to me, "This has given me everything I need to know, this has answered so many questions for me so I speak about women in ministry. She called me to tell me about it, brought the book over and asked if I would speed read through it so she could have it back. I ordered ten books for her at Christianbook to give to other women. She is passionate about sharing this message for the rest of her life to free women to be who God has meant us to be in him. I also found it be highly informative and helpful for me as a woman pastor.
I wish the body of Christ all over the world had this information. Christ came to set free the prisoners, and women have been prisoners to the lies of being second class citizens in the body of Christ for far too long. Accolades to the authors of this book who are bold enough to go against the flow and rise up to speak life and restoration to the body! Rise up daughters - you are needed in these last days. Take your place!!
~ The authors tend to paint "worst case scenarios" and then argue against them.~ The authors' starting point and frame of reference tends to be experience, rather than biblical revelation. ~ The authors base some of their key biblical assertions on scholarship which has already been disproved. Meanwhile, few of the main scholarly works on the topic are quoted.~ Cunningham (hereafter "LC") and Hamilton (hereafter "DH") are passionate about missions. But neither has done graduate studies in an accredited biblical or theological institution. The result is sloppy scholarship.For example, does the Greek word "kephale" as explained by DH in ch. 12 mean "leader/authority" or "source/origin" - this is crucial in understanding I Cor. 11:3 and Eph. 5:22-33 as they relate to roles of women. DH is strongly in favor of "source/origin" but: ~ He asserts there is a battle between Greek experts and Greek lexicons over which translation is correct. As evidence, he cites one lexicon that doesn't include "leader/authority" among its listed meanings for "kephale", giving the impression that lexicographers are divided. Actually it is the only one of scores of general lexicons that doesn't include the meaning "leader/authority. And no lexicon from the New Testament era gives any example of "kephale" as "source". ~ Out of 2336 uses of "kephale" in ancient Greek literature (most of which literally meant "head") there are 49 clear metaphorical examples of "kephale" as "leader/authority". DH asserts "...we find many, many times in ancient literature where head/kephale meant "source" or "origin". In reality lexicographers actually only acknowledge 2 such uses. His statement is simply false.This is just one of numerous examples of DH's lack of scholarly credibility as applied to every one of the key texts. The omissions are so obvious that one can only conclude that either he is so biased as to be incapable of objectivity, or inept in scholarship.