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The Loneliness of leaving a Cult: the documentary, Sons of Perdition

Last night I enjoyed the documentary, Sons of Perdition, about people who leave the FLDS, a polygamist Mormon sect on the border of Utah and Colorado. Although the sect in which I grew up was not as cult-like, I found … Continue reading

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Ignoring Hierarchy: Jesus and Hierarchy (Part 2)

In the first part of this topic I mentioned that rigidly hierarchical religious organizations, such as pyramidal para-church ministries and denominations, are unChristian. But then it struck me that I had missed the real point, which is that all hierarchical organizations: … Continue reading

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The Male Dominated Wedding Sermon

Dear Preacher, I am one of  the groom’s uncles who attended the wedding on Saturday. I was concerned about and saddened by the sermon at the wedding. I understand that your intended point was to emphasize that marriage requires large amounts … Continue reading

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Nickels and Noses: The Problem with Church Planting

I have joined six church plants, and been a part of a seventh, in two of which I was a church-planting pastor. A bit of advice a church planting pastor, who had been to church planting boot camp in the … Continue reading

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Phoebe the Deaconess

The apostle Paul mentioned Phoebe the “diakonon” in Rom 16:1. The word is both the masculine and feminine version of the Koine Greek word for deacon, or servant. Paul wrote to Timothy in I Timothy 3:11 that deacons should be … Continue reading

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“It is a shame for women to speak in church”

Another passage used to deny women leadership in fundamentalist churches is I Cor 14:34 “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to … Continue reading

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I Permit Not a Woman to Teach

One of the distinctives of most fundamentalist Christian churches, is the hierarchy of men over women. Several passages of Scripture are used, one of which is I Timothy 2:11-15: “11 Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. 12 But I … Continue reading

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