This is a topic which interests me very much, not just in theory, but because of my involvement of training both female and male soldiers for the kingdom of God. I hope to publish some thoughts of my own at some point, but for now I yield to the master, and his brief article from 1982.
Evangelical scholar F. F. Bruce promoted the ministry of women in the Christian Brethren Review, which is significant, as anyone who has attended a traditional brethren assembly will recognize. As was his custom, Bruce turned to the Word of God as his authority.
I would not say that he was “ahead of his time,” which attribution is not necessarily a compliment. But I do think he was able to see beyond his tradition and to look at Scripture afresh; also, to realize that the charge that one’s opponents are under “cultural influence” is a sword that cuts both ways.
Women in the Church – A Biblical Survey FF Bruce
Thoughts on Greek from a scholar – F. F. Bruce
Gary S. Shogren is Professor of New Testament at Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica
Gary, I hope you will publish your thoughts! Dennis Cahill
Thanks! It’s a snail’s pace, putting my thoughts together. And part of the difficulty is that I’m trying to hit a moving target, as my views have changed somewhat over the years.
Thank you for this, can’t wait to hear your thoughts!