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  1. Kelly
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    Kelly
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    As a university professor of a non-religious academic discipline, I have always been perplexed about this controversy of women teaching in the church. I feel that God has gifted me with the ability to be an effective scholar and teacher. I have effectively taught and inspired males and females for almost 20 years about issues that are far less important than eternal salvation through Christ Jesus. I have pondered about how God wants me to use these gifts for His glory.

    I am also a mother to a very inquisitive son and an academicly gifted daughter. Was I supposed to teach both children about God when they are young but then stop teaching and leading my son when he reaches some arbitrary age of 12, 15, or 18 (as complimentarians have proposed)?

    I struggled with different verses in the Bible that didn't always seem clear. Why would Paul state that women should be silent in church but then instruct them to cover their heads when praying and prophesying? Why would the Bible mention females leaders, prophets, and teachers like Deboarah, Anna, Priscillia, Hulldah, Miriam, Esther, Chloe, Lydi, Isaiah's wife, Philip's daughters, and more?

    Why would God want men to be able to receive teaching and instruction only from other men (as complementarians teach) but women have the blessing of receiving teaching and encouragement from everyone?

    If women are not supposed to teach men because Eve was deceived, then why are women allowed to teach children and other women in church (as complementarians believe)? Why would we want "the deceived" teaching "the deceived"?

    None of this made sense to me. I finally came to the conclusion that perhaps women shouldn't teach men because men may be too prideful in patriarchial societies to receive teaching from women. Afterall, many of Paul's teachings were theologically radical but socially conservative. I started to convince myself that was an acceptable answer and I should just carry on with this belief that women shouldn't teach or lead men in the church.

    But then I feel that God laid an idea on my heart. What if these restrictions of women teaching and leading were not from God? What if these interpretations were actually silencing His people and hurting His kingdom? What if I was just being lazy and apathetic by buying into these distorted beliefs so I could avoid conflict? Was I really following God's will for my life...or my own?

    God challenged me on this subject. I came across this book through much reading and research on the subject. It is outstanding. Easy to read, humbly written, and thoroughly researched and explained. Honestly, my favorite part of this book is that it is written by a male church leader.

    If you are interested in exploring this topic of women leading/ teaching in the church, I highly encourage this book. I pray that you will seek the truth with an open heart and ask for God's direction as you explore this important topic. Many lives depend on it.

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