Piper’s comments that women shouldn’t teach at seminary have been everywhere, it seems.
As a seminary adjunct and co-coordinator of seminary chapels, I’ve felt no real urge to respond, surprisingly. I’m used to ideas like his and perhaps I’ve become numb. I find my time is often better spent just doing my job and being faithful. A simple, yet powerful response to those who say I shouldn’t be here.Just doing my job and being faithful is a simple, powerful response to those who think I shouldn't be a seminary professor. #Faithful #FemaleSeminaryProfs Click To Tweet
But then I saw “From a Female Pastor and Theologian,” and it made me want to share my journey.
It wasn’t so much the content of the article, which is good, but the fact that Lucy Peppiat wrote “I’m a mother of four sons whom I, and my husband, have nurtured in the Christian faith.”
I thought of my two boys.
We didn’t know they were boys until they wriggled out into the world.
I’ve thought it ironic that I, author of The Book of Womanhood, inventor of a longstanding Rite of Passage for Women, and author of a Ph.D. dissertation about women, am the mother of two boys. Not that boys are bad—on the contrary, mine are amazing, but with all my work on women, one would think. . .
But when I read that phrase from Peppiat, I got teary.
God gave me boys for many reasons, but I know that my boys are a reminder that my words aren’t just for women. My words are also for boys and men.God gave me boys for many reasons, but I know that my boys are a reminder that my words aren’t just for women. My words are also for boys and men. #FemaleSeminaryProfs Click To Tweet
I’ve always known that. I remember attending my first conservative Christian academic conference. There were only a few women there, and they presented on issues regarding women in scripture. I confess, I looked down on them. We women should be presenting on all issues, I thought.
There and then, I decided I wouldn’t present on women at academic conferences.
And yet I couldn’t avoid the clear call of God to disciple and mentor those of my own sex. Thus, my resumé is filled with writing and speaking to women and about women.
But I’ve always known my words are for both women and men.
I can biblically defend why this is so, but CBE International does that so well. I won’t go into that here.
Right now, I just want you to know that I have two little reminders that my words are for men, too.
When they grow, I will have two big reminders.
Reminders from God about my identity. Because God is kind like that.
(Interested in hearing more from me? Check out my book, The Book of Womanhood)