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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The long sermon I preached in January on the ministry of women is now available online at this site. This is part of the Wineskins website that you have access to without a subscription. This is probably important only to me, but the CD can also be ordered at this site, and none of the money will go to me. Any money made will support the Wineskins ministry.


  • ...or it could go into a fund for poor youth ministers. Just a thought...

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 3/15/2005 11:09:00 AM  

  • That's wonderful! I've just downloaded it and am looking forward to listening.

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 3/15/2005 11:23:00 AM  

  • Mike, I found that very interesting and not unsurprising. I've heard similar logic from Willow Creek before and it's very effective and convicting.

    Two questions

    1) Has Highland received any more flak than usual about taking this step? Concretely, how are you involving women in the overall worship service?

    2) Could the argument you made be extrapolated to the homosexual community? Admittedly, there aren't the examples (that we know of) for homosexual leadership that we have for women, but I've heard some interesting interpretations of the Scriptural strictures and condemnations of homosexuals. How would you respond if someone tried apply similar interpretations (culture at the time) to that situation?


    By Blogger Phil, at 3/15/2005 12:20:00 PM  

  • I listened to the sermon on my way back from Lubbock last week-awesome stuff!! Thanks so much for sharing that-it is greatly appreciated-I think I need to place that in every church that needs (key word-NEEDS) to hire me!! LOL

    And Deana...I LOVE your idea about the fund-I am ALL for that! ;)

    By Blogger Katherine, at 3/15/2005 01:47:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    I am not sure at this point in my faith where I stand on this issue, as you say, its either cultural or trans-cultural. Anyhow, I viewed the entire sermon over 3 days and enjoyed it. Your stance, your views and your convictions are quite noble and hopefully we will get to here more sermons from you on Wineskins. Thank you Mike.

    By Blogger JP Manzi, at 3/15/2005 08:34:00 PM  

  • Any chance for a transcript???

    By Blogger Karen, at 3/16/2005 05:02:00 AM  

  • After I first listened to the sermons, I had the same question that Phil had regarding the homosexual community. The idea that why would God make me a woman with these talents and abilities if not to use them sounds a lot like why would God make me to feel homosexual if it was wrong. Could you please comment Mike?

    By Blogger B / J Davis, at 3/16/2005 10:35:00 AM  

  • Great questions. Short answer as I run out the door late: Check out William Webb's SLAVES, WOMEN, & HOMOSEXUALITY: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis. Very helpful understanding of why the issues of slavery and women are similar in scripture -- but dissimiliar from the issue of homosexuality.

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/16/2005 10:49:00 AM  

  • I found one answer to my first question. One of my deals is to read conservative church of Christ journals online. One of them address Highland's decision this month. The journal is Seek the Old Paths (STOP).

    The link is here.

    Just a point of note. This link is not intended to ridicule that point of view. It's simply intended to help see what other people are thinking about this particular issue and specific instance.

    By Blogger Phil, at 3/17/2005 07:18:00 AM  

  • Mike, thank you for having the courage, love, and commitment to truth to speak such powerful words on Women, Gifts, and the Body of Christ. For us women, it gives new meaning to John 8:32. :) Blessings to you and to the church at Highland.

    PS - I'm with Karen. Any chance for a transcript?

    By Blogger debbie, at 3/19/2005 03:52:00 PM  

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