That Hair Across Your Cheek

"Sometimes, it's like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating" –Marian Anderson
Do you feel that hair across your cheek when pastors are referred to as men; when young men (not young women) are encouraged to pursue ministry; when people refer to Pastor's and Wives Retreats rather than Pastor's and Spouses Retreats; when you are overlooked for ministry opportunities? It seems so small doesn't it? It is just one strand of hair. I know someone who likes hair tickling her face, she doesn't find it irritating. I must admit I don't understand that. Does that strand of hair bother you? Are you able to brush it away? Or do you just keep brushing at it, unable to remove it?


"I Suffer Not a Woman"

1 Tim 2:12 "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." KJV
1 Cor. 14:34 "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak;" KJV
The above scriptures are most often referenced in the argument denying women leadership and ordination in the church. I present a quote from David L. Thompson."If 1 Tim. 2 and 1 Cor. 14 did expressly forbid the ordination of women (which they do not)...which texts are to be read in light of which? What sense do we make of the Bible as a whole on this question? Do we read the entire Bible in light of these two problematic texts, or do we read these two texts in light of the rest of the Bible?"
Using these scriptures without the context of the whole of scripture is called "proof texting" It is helpful to be prepared to "defend" against such arguments. It not only helps you to stand, but it also helps others to understand the Biblical foundations. Are we prepared?