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What I Learned from the Duck Dynasty Fiasco

Sharon Spiritual leadership 20 Comments

Yesterday, the internet exploded. In case you somehow missed the insanity, A&E suspended Phil Robertson from its popular Duck Dynasty show following comments he made about gay people and African Americans. After A&E’s announcement, the internet went nuts as angry fans expressed their outrage, while others were outraged about the outrage. It was not a great day to be on …

Building Up Your Man

Sharon Marriage, Spiritual leadership 8 Comments

This week I heard a great piece of wisdom on my local Christian radio station from author Sheila Walsh.  She was responding to a concern she receives from women all the time: My husband is not stepping up spiritually–how can I help him? Sheila’s response to this common problem is not only helpful for women in difficult marriages but from …

Understanding Male Headship

Sharon Marriage, Spiritual leadership, Submission 8 Comments

After my last post I received a comment that I really want to respond to because it raised an excellent question: How does female leadership relate to submission in Christian marriage? The commenter also wondered if our constructs of marriage are at all culturally based. These are truly important questions, and the answer to the second one is both a …

Creating a Leadership Vacuum

Sharon Church, Spiritual Health, Spiritual leadership 3 Comments

In the past decade, the church has increasingly challenged men to step up and be leaders in their families, and their wives have been enlisted toward this goal. Interestingly, one of the key strategies of this movement has centered around the following counter-intuitive advice to women with passive husbands: Do nothing. The idea here is that women need to create …

How to Help Your Husband

Sharon Marriage, Sanctification, Spiritual leadership 2 Comments

While the Bible teaches women to “help” their husbands, there’s a lot of confusion about what that actually means. There are a number of different factors contributing to this confusion, but I was challenged and encouraged on this topic by a recent post on Wendy Alsup’s blog. She begins with the misconception that many women have about what godly manhood …

Is the Church a Democracy?

Sharon Church, Spiritual leadership, Submission 1 Comment

Is the church a democracy? This is a question that my husband and I have been mulling over this week. While a seemingly abstract question, or at the very least random, the way you answer this questions has a LOT of implications for your individual life. Just hang with me and I’ll explain how. At the heart of this question …

Should Women Be Deacons?

Sharon Church, Scripture, Spiritual leadership, Women's Ministry 5 Comments

The question over whether or not women should serve as deacons has been hotly debated within the evangelical tradition. Because of the Scriptural priority of male headship, many evangelical traditions have felt that appointing women as deacons would in some way threaten the authority of men. Others refuse to appoint women to the office of deacon because they interpret Scripture …

Equally Yoked?

Sharon Dating, Relationships, Spiritual leadership 5 Comments

What is spiritual leadership? This is a question about which there has been a great deal of confusion among Christians. Scripture teaches that we are to date and marry men who are spiritual leaders (1 Cor. 11:3), and Scripture also teaches us to date and marry men with whom we are equally yoked (2. Cor. 6:14).* The problem is that …

Is Leadership Over-rated?

Sharon Church, Spiritual leadership 3 Comments

Right at this very moment, I have at least a dozen books on leadership scattered about my house. Probably more. Leadership is one of the hot topics of Christian ministries today–you’ll find rows and rows of books about leadership at Christian bookstores, conferences centered around teaching leadership, and even ministries whose sole purpose is to train leaders. Now, to some …

Equally Yoked?

Sharon Dating, Marriage, Relationships, Spiritual leadership 5 Comments

What is spiritual leadership? This is a question about which there has been a great deal of confusion among Christians. We all know that we need to date guys who can lead us spiritually, and we also know that we are to date people with whom we are equally yoked. The problem is that these two elements are not always …