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Every so many years I find myself once again wrestling with complementarianism. My agreement with the foundational theology behind complementarianism doesn’t change, but how it works itself out in the season I am in does change.

Moving from a college student, to a leader in campus ministry, to a graduate student, to a young married, to a full time career, to a new mom, to a homeschooling mom, to a homeschooling mom of teens with time for part time work and ministry opportunities…each of these seasons has caused me to look hard at what my role is as a woman…

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This week the elders went to Orlando for the annual SG Pastors Conference (teachings are all here). How encouraging to hear about God’s work throughout the world and to be challenged in so many ways! It was the most edifying conference we’ve had in years and reminded us of the gift of partnership. Like the way a Christian benefits from being connected to other Christians within a church, so a church benefits from being connected to other churches. It is both a protection and a glorious opportunity for mission. Alone we can’t reach the nations, but together we…

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“I am single. I am complementarian. A lot of times people don’t see how those things go hand in hand.”

That’s how Katie Van Dyke begins her article, “Complementarianism and the Single Woman.”  She goes on to make several points useful to explore as we continue this series on complementarianism. First, complementarianism isn’t an odd exception in our lives, a restrictive authority in lives of relative independence. Rather, it’s part of an overall framework of authority that God has created to be part of our world. The truth is, we live in the midst…

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Our series on complementarianism has unpacked Genesis 1–3 and much of what it teaches on men, women, marriage, and sin. The alternative view is called egalitarianism, a view that sees men and women as not just “equal” in significance and essence but also in their roles in a marriage or the church. In this post we turn from the family to the church. How does gender impact what God calls us to in the church? That's the question before us. 

In terms of salvation, “there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal…

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Adam and Eve teach us volumes about God's intentions for men and women and marriage. The paradise of Eden was a place where the first man and the first woman enjoyed a marriage entirely free of sin. We can't say how long this sinless harmony lasted, but for at least a moment the man was the head of his home and the woman his happy helpmate, and both were in peaceful fellowship with the living God. But in this third installment in our series we'll see the darkness of the fall descend. And in its aftermath, gender, marriage,…

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In Part One of this series we looked at all Genesis 1 teaches us about the equality of men and women. Now we'll step into how God has made us…different. A slew of books like the bestseller Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus reminds us that pointing out differences is commmon enough. But while psychology and biology has something to teach us on these differences, our goal is to unpack how God speaks to it. We'll see that God intends a beautiful collaboration through his unique design for man and woman. Also, as a heads up, in one…

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This is the first of a series of posts where we'll look at how our gender impacts God's call on our lives within our families and our church. The basic view we're exploring is “complementarianism.” That's probably a new one for you, but hopefully by the end of this series you'll see that while it's hard to spell, it's a gift to live. 

Mysteries and Sit-Coms

Few things are as simultaneously obvious and mysterious as what it means to be a man and a woman. The relationships on sit-coms connect with people, because there really are some things…

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This coming church year one of the areas that the elders want the church to focus on is the area of corporate prayer. That’s why we’ve set aside quarterly times for the whole church to gather and pray (the first one is Aug 26th). We can also pray together in our home groups and in our homes. How often our devotional prayers are characterized by coldness or unbelief or just going through the motions. Praying with others is often a means of grace in that we are called to be more engaged more alert and more in faith than when we are praying by ourselves.

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Last week we finished our Isaiah series, a rich time with one who is perhaps the greatest writing prophet of the Old Testament. Isaiah took us to the heights of God's glory and to the depths of human depravity and helped us see new aspects of Jesus Christ.

But what now? What is the plan for sermons to come? 

Praises, Hallelujahs, and Monday Mornings

For the next two sermons we'll spend a bit of time thinking about worship. This Sunday we'll look at the Psalms, and then next Sunday we'll look think about worship as both a way of…

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Our God is a God who answers prayer. Sometimes He says, “Yes, immediately,” like He did with my hearing. But, sometimes He says, “No.” And sometimes He says, “Wait, be patient. Trust my way, my timing.” Yet I can still say, “Praise God,” even then because I have learned that somehow the slower healing process, and even the “no's”, are for His glory and for my good as I have seen again and again with the PTSD. Our God is a God who hears our cries and answers our prayers, always.

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