Scot McKnight – new e-book “Junia Is Not Alone” about women and church leadership

December 6, 2011 — 7 Comments

Junia Not Alone cover - Scot McKnightMy New Testament theological friend, guru and the one whom I emulated his haircut – Scot McKnight has written a little e-book on the topic of women in leadership in the church. It is called "Junia Is Not Alone". It is available on Amazon Kindle. And if you don't have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle reader on to you laptop or smartphone or iPad. It is a short little book and only $2.99. 

This is an important topic and something people should not avoid studying. I have served in a church that was complementarian (women are limited in their roles in the church) and have served in a church that is egalitarian (women serve in any role in the church if they are gifted in the area to serve in). I have friends who are complementarians and friends who are egalitarians. I have friends who are in the middle of it or soft complementarian (as one friend called himself). I think there are wonderful churches and leaders who hold differing beliefs on what the Bible says about this. Yet it is a discussion which weirdly isn't talked about enough (in my opinion). 

No matter what your viewpoint is on this issue, this little e-book is worth a read. By the title, you can already know that Scot comes to an egalitarian conclusion. But I'd encourage you if you are egalitarian to look at why you believe what you do. And if you aren't egalitarian, to understand why egalitarians believe what they do. I personally want to be looking at different perspectives of all types of issues to try and understand them. I don't want to ever automatically suppose that my view I first learned in a my first church experience or in a denomination is always the one that has the most biblical backing to it. I have often discovered that some Christians never have looked at other ways evangelical Christians understand some doctrines and only have one opinion as that is all they ever studied in their church. I remember I was initially taught a pre-tribulational rapture was THE way Jesus was going to return. To even look at other beliefs on the return of Jesus (even with evangelical spectrum) was not seen as healthy. But since then I have learned that we need to be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and searching the Scriptures and studying them with great diligence with prayer. And it is wise to look at other opinions within evangelicalism about what we believe and why. 

We are near the end of a 14 week series on the historical doctrines of the church in our Sunday worship gatherings. We used a systematic theology book by Wayne Grudem as the book we promoted and sold a ton of them to people reading through it as we taught through the series. Wayne is a strong complementarian. But in the book, Wayne expresses a variety of opinions and then his own opinion in the book. So we can learn multiple ways that people may have beliefs on a specific doctrine that differ within evangelicalism. And that is a positive thing as until one day we know the answers, there will be differing opinions on non-core doctrines of faith. But I think it is wise to learn the differing beliefs and understand why people have these differing beliefs. That is why I recommend Scot's little e-book to those who hold differing beliefs on the issue of women in church leadership. As I would recommend reading Wayne Grudem to understand his perspective. 

Anyway, just a quick post to say that Scot's e-book is cheaper than a cup of coffee at most places and worth a read even if you have a different viewpoint or if you have the same as what Scot concludes. Let's all continue to strive to be Christian thinkers in our world today, respecting those of differing opinions, but also knowing why we believe what we do. We need to be thinking Christians and I am thankful for what Scot wrote and highly recommend reading it as it is an issue all Christians should be able to understand the varying persectives on this within the evangelical spectrum. 

 

 

Dan Kimball

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author of "Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess of Organized Religion" and "They Like Jesus But Not The Church" . On staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA.
  • donsands

    “I don’t want to ever automatically suppose that my view I first learned in a church or in a denomination is always the one that has the most biblical backing to it.”-Dan
    I know you’re speaking of the non-essentials here Dan. And I tend to lean you’re way, and at the same time listen to those who are quite firm in their stance on doctrines such as this one in Scot’s book, and perhaps Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, universal redemption, etc.
    One example would be John Wesley & George Whitefield, as working together, yet both firm in their doctrinal regards.
    http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/wesley/murray.htm
    There’s my weird two cents as usual Dan. You’re a good man, and brother in Christ, and I long to be with you in glory with our Father, and our Lord and Brother, Jesus Christ, where there is no more sorrow, nor pain, nor sin.
    Merry Christmas Dan, to you and your family!

  • Dan

    Hey Don! yes, absolutely…. about the core essentials of faith. That’s the series we are teaching right now at Vintage Faith Church. We are using Wayne Grudem’s basic doctrine book and going through it. He hits the major doctrines of faith, but also there are some which people have varying viewpoints on. For instance, different people have am millennial or premillennial views of the end times. But they both believe Jesus is going to return. So we are teaching there are godly scholars and Christians who have differing views on that, but they all agree on the essential of His return etc. Thanks for commenting! I always enjoy your insight and heart.

  • donsands

    Brother Grudem. Very good Dan. I am very edified in my faith through Wayne Grudem’s gifted teachings. A fine scholar to be sure.
    “..if our beliefs are to be governed by the Statement of Scripture, then we will certainly not deny this teaching [the Virgin Birth]. Whether or not we could discern any aspects of doctrinal importance for this teaching, we should believe it first of all simply because Scripture affirms it. Certainly such a miracle is not too hard for the God who created the universe and everything in it–anyone who affirms that a virgin birth is “impossible” is just confessing his or her own unbelief in the God of the Bible. Yet in addition to the fact that Scripture teaches the virgin birth, we can see that it is doctrinally important, and if we are to understand the biblical teaching on the person of Christ correctly, it is important that we begin with an affirmation of this doctrine.”-Dr. Wayne Grudem
    Since it is Christmas time, thought I’d share a quote of Wayne’s on the virgin birth, if that’s okay.
    Have a great week and especially Lord’s day Dan!

  • Dan

    Don – I quoted Grudem about the deity of Jesus in my next book that is coming out next year.

  • Rick

    Great post and suggestion.
    Individuals and churches hoping to be “missional theologians” should take up your recommendation.

  • Ed Taylor

    Did you mean “amillenial?” And some are also preterrist – lots of different ideas on end times. My favorite is a friend who used to say he was a “panmillenialist” believing that it would all “pan” out in the end :)

  • Dan

    Hi Ed! Yes, I meant amillennials, post-millennial, pre-millennial and all those in between. I have heard that “pan-millennial” option too! I will be teaching in a week the primary views that the church has had since the birth of the church and not just teach one. With end times doctrine, I believe you can have differing views within orthodox Christianity. One day we shall know which is accurate, but I think if we were supposed to clearly know which view was correct than God would have made it perfectly clear for us like He did with other doctrines in Scripture where there is revealed truth we can hold with certainty. Thanks for the comment!