Who Is Really in Church Leadership?

Who Is Really in Church Leadership?

Whether in Proverbs 31 or another proof text, complementarianism advocates for “submissive” women in the church— women who know their “place.”  These “graciously submissive” women know their husbands and male pastors, not them, are made for leadership. A woman in...
Safe Places

Safe Places

Occasionally, I find myself an “outsider” when it comes to church life. The authentic comments, feelings and experiences I offer scare people.  If you are like me, you might think the cost is too high when it comes to fitting in or being falsely offered “safe places.”...
Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Most people become teachers because they want to make a difference in the lives of children. Teaching is a gift of the Spirit and not long ago, was a highly valued and admired profession.  That is not what we see today. Teachers are leaving the profession at alarming...
Poster Child

Poster Child

For most of my career, I have wittingly or unwittingly been recruited as a poster child for issues the church has trouble confronting.  In 2003, I began one of several pastorates as the first female church leader. In my little moderate Baptist world, I was one of just...