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The world needs Christians to speak out about Scripture’s teaching on the matters of sex and gender. That means we need to make sure we have it right ourselves. Have we borrowed cultural beliefs from other times and societies? Have we overcorrected and added to God’s Word? Is there a better way than the competing rules and guidelines we see in the church today?
Rachel Green Miller argues that what the Bible teaches about women, men, and gender is both simpler and more difficult than we’re often told. Although modern discussions have focused on authority and submission, there is much more to the biblical picture. Examining common beliefs in the light of Scripture, she draws out important biblical themes that will strengthen our relationship as co-laborers in the kingdom of God and for the good of this world.
|Title: Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society|
By: Rachel Green Miller
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound
Stock No: WW956111
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Rachel Miller has written an excellent book on men and women, honoring the Bible's position while avoiding extremes. Highly recommended! -- Todd S. Bordow, Pastor, Cornerstone Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Houston; Author, What Did Jesus Really Say about Divorce?
In this extremely practical and helpful book, Rachel Green Miller peels back layer after layer of what she describes as "unbiblical and extrabiblical beliefs" that have created a competitive and antagonistic environment between men and women in the church. She then casts a vision for what life could be when men and women work together towards unity, interdependence and service, all while inhabiting the God ordained roles that Scripture lays out for the family of God. This book has given me many things to think about as I carry out my role as director of spiritual formation, as I too long for a church that is full of grace, forgiveness and mercy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to see our churches filled with co-laborers for the Kingdom of God. -- Abby Ross Hutto, Author, God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son
There is a very real danger in our current cultural moment that the polarization which characterizes the political landscape might well come to exert an unfortunate influence on both the rhetoric and the content of discussions among Christians on a number of controversial topics. The temptation to respond to one extreme error by adopting its mirror image is strong but rarely, if ever, correct. And there are few more topics in the public square that are more divisive than the relationship between the sexes. It is therefore a pleasure to commend this book by Rachel Miller which eschews the cheap extremism and bombastic rhetoric which characterizes conservative Christian responses to feminism and plots not a middle way but a biblical way through the subjects of authority, submission, masculinity and the like. She is not interested in making the Bible fit 1950s ideals of what men and women should be; rather she wants to help the reader think about what the Bible actually means in the present. This is a refreshingly sane read. -- Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
The debate that rages about men and women is full of history, rhetoric, and labels. Rachel Miller takes us on a remarkable journey to navigate away from the hyperbole and man-made traditions and set our feet solidly on the scriptures. This book desperately needed to be written, and Rachel has done so brilliantly with insight, clarity, sobriety and love. -- Sam Powell, Pastor, First Reformed Church, Yuba City, California
Rachel Miller writes with her characteristic verve and wisdom as she addresses the vexed subject of women and men; a subject where often there is more heat than light. If we are to follow the Bible when it says we are to be slow to speak and quick to listen, then this is one such occasion where we would be wise to listen well. She has made a valuable contribution to the discussion of how we negotiate between the extremes of patriarchy and feminism in the church today. Her arguments deserve to be taken seriously and weighed well as we seek to be faithful to Scripture in our generation. -- Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Rachel Miller sets out to peel back some of the layers of extra-biblical and cultural assumptions about the nature of men and women in the home, church and society. She succeeds at engaging her sources critically, with an incisive, yet reader-friendly style. This book will help tease out some of your own lingering doubts about the usefulness of rigid gender stereotypes. Expect to learn from history, have your assumptions questioned and become better equipped to engage more thoughtfully with this important topic, regardless of whether you call yourself egalitarian, complementarian or anything else! -- Eowyn Stoddard, Missionary, Mission to the World
Rachel Miller writes as a conservative who loves Scripture and happily sits under its authority. She calls us to examine ourselves against Scripture, not to remove ourselves from its authority in our lives, and gives us diagnostic tools from the Word to renovate our understanding of men and women in the Church, home, and society at large. Rachel teaches the history of views on sex and gender in secular cultures and then shows us the ways some evangelical teaching on the sexes is built more on secular philosophy than Biblical truth. In the end, while historical context sheds great light on the Scriptures, Rachel wins us with Scripture itself. She offers us a well researched survey of Scripture on biological sex and gender that will inspire and aid readers toward a Biblical vision of men and women working in unity and interdependence in God's Kingdom. -- Wendy Alsup, Author, Is the Bible Good for Women? Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture
"I first became acquainted with Rachel Miller in 2016 when she offered a much-needed critique of a popular Trinitarian error called ESS. Rachel exposed how ESS sets forth a distorted understanding of authority and submission in the eternal being of God and in the relationships between women and men. Now, once again Rachel challenges popular yet extrabiblical and unbiblical beliefs about women and men and what roles are considered appropriate in marriage, the church, and society. However, she doesnt simply offer a critique. She also sets for a compelling, gospel-centered vision of biblical manhood and womanhood centering on unity, interdependence, and service. The gospel is to be paramount in all things, which includes manhood and womanhood issues. Rachel makes this crystal clear. Men and women are co-image bearers, co-heirs in Christ and co-laborers for the gospel. Men and women are different. Yet, we need each other. I heartily recommend this book! -- John Fonville, Pastor, Paramount Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Anglican Church in North America
When James reminds us of God's requirement to live unstained by the world, he is giving us a near impossible task. The Christian religion carries thousands of years of cultural baggage, accumulated as an inevitable consequence of our human frailty. In taking on our theology of men and women, Rachel Miller leads us back to our roots, to our salvation and freedom in Jesus Christ. -- Valerie Hobbs, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Rachel Miller has done an excellent job in bringing clarity and discernment to a discussion that is often emotionally-charged and contentious. Biblically reasoned, confessionally informed, and drawing from the resources of church history, Miller cuts through rhetoric and assumptions to show us that sometimes ideas labelled "biblical" can in fact be loaded with cultural notions. While much of the contemporary discussion about "gender roles" focuses primarily on authority and submission - Who is allowed to do what? - Miller shows that there is a need to go beyond this narrow focus to promoting unity, interdependence, and service. Miller invites the reader to not ignore or dismiss Scripture, but to go deeper in their understanding of its meaning and implications. In Beyond Authority and Submission, many Apolloses have the opportunity to listen and learn from a wise Priscilla -- Jacob Denhollander, PhD Student, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Most of the Christians I know want to be the men and women of God. But what does that mean exactly? Who's in charge? Who gets the final say? What does it mean to be masculine or feminine? Enter Rachel G. Miller and her new book, Beyond Authority and Submission. Between these pages, you'll find a compelling vision for how men and women can work together, unfettered by social and historical expectations. Tracing the broader themes of Scripture, with careful attention to theology and the text, Miller calls men and women alike to live in the fullness of all that God has made us to be. -- Hannah Anderson, Author, Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God's Image
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