No, this isn't a post about Phil Johnson's great blog.
Instead it's a comment on a fire I might have inadvertently started at my church today. Of course, not a literal fire (though combining church and fire might be a way to get more men to go to church...).
After our church staff meeting, we all went out for lunch at Chipotle. While standing in line waiting to order, John Piper's name came up. I know our Sr. Pastor reads Piper, but doesn't always agree with him, and he restated those feelings. Our new Youth Pastor said much the same, and commentented on how he would ditch chapel whenever Piper would speak. This too a turn when our part time children's ministry staff person (she's not a "Pastor", and corrects you if you call her such) commented on how Bethlehem Baptist Church is looking for a Children's Minister for thier North Campus. She referred to how the requirements specifically refer to "he" over and over again in reference to the future Pastor for this position. She started asking me about Piper's views and women pastoring, and I gave her a brief overview of complementarinaism (see HERE for more info). I know she doesn't share Dr. Piper's thinking (mine too) in this area, but it wasn't the appropriate time and place for that deep of a discussion. So rather than go the next step, I told her I had some materials back at the church that would help her understand complimentarinaism if she was interested. I gave her a copy of an article written by Dr. Wayne Grudem in a recent copy of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (JBMW: Spring 04) titled: Is Evangelical Feminism the New Path to Liberalism? Some Disturbing Warning Signs. I asked her to read it with an open mind and heart, and to see how God might speak to her through it before I handed her my copy. I also warned her that it might challenge her thinking, and welcomed her to dialog with me if/when she has questions about it.
I had originally planned on giving this copy to our Sr. Pastor. He has recently moved toward egalitarianism, though not fully embraced it from what I have seen. I think in large part as a result of his neice (I think?) graduating from Seminary and having begun a ministry.
So we'll see where this takes us. I hope it opens a genuine dialog among our staff. I pray for God's wisdom and the right words to say with grace when we do talk about it. I believe scripture supports complimentarianism. So maybe I started a fire today...