This outstanding collection of essays, presented at the 2005 Wheaton Theology Conference, explores the current issue of women in ministry from biblical, theological and ecclesiological perspectives. Bringing to bear the ministerial and sociological insights on the issue, this impressive integrative work aims to break through the current impasse between complementarians and egalitarians. These essays point the way forward for women and men in ministry in our churches.
Contributors include Henri Blocher, Timothy George, James Hamilton, I. Howard Marshall, Cheryl J. Sanders, Sarah Sumner and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
Introduction by Mark Husbands and Timothy Larsen
Part One: New Perspectives on the Biblical Evidence
1. Deborah: A Role Model for Christian Public Ministry
2. What Women Can Do in Ministry: Full Participation Within Biblical Boundaries
3. Women in Ministry--A Further Look at 1 Timothy 2
Part Two: New Perspectives on the Body of Christ
4. Prophecy, Women in Leadership and the Body of Christ
5. Christ's Gifted Bride: Gendered Members in Ministry in Acts and Paul
Part Three: New Theological Perspectives on Identity and Ministry
6. Reconciliation as the Dogmatic Location of Humanity: ". . . your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3)
7. Identity and Ministry in the Light of the Gospel: A View From the Kitchen
Part Four: New Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences
8. Opposite Sexes or Neighboring Sexes? What Do the Social Sciences Really Tell Us?
9. Holy Boldness, Holy Women: Agents of the Gospel
10. Women in Public Ministry: A Historic Evangelical Distinctive
Part Five: Beyond the Impasse: Toward New Paradigms
11. Women, Ministry and the Gospel: Hints for a New Paradigm?
12. Forging a Middle Way Between Complementarians and Egalitarians
13. Egalitarians and Complementarians Together? A Modest Proposal