by Kelly Pelton (written 17 Nov 2020)
Subordination of women, they say, is one of those things we must just accept when God's ways don't seem logical or fair; never mind that their misplaced faith has leapt over Junia (female apostle) and the deacon Phoebe, countless others of Paul's trustworthy female co-workers ministering alongside their brothers. The dash to defend church gender bias has trampled our need for full expression of Holy Spirit gifts during worship; we instead have female voice suppression. The conclusion that pastors must be men jumps over true interdependency, loving mutuality, and justice to land on gender partiality. If there's a leap of faith to be made here, let's use the springboard of Jesus' mercy, soaring toward an unprecedented era of equal camaraderie.