John G. Stackhouse Jr:
In my first sermon, I wanted to aim high. So I plagiarized from Knowing God, by J. I. Packer.
I was to preach for the first time to my home church in northern Ontario, having returned from a year of Bible school. I wanted to make good in the eyes of those who had discipled me, so I drew on the best book of theology I had ever read—which, of course, meant the best of about a dozen.
When it comes to human rights and human dignity, Nelson Mandela has to be put on the side of the heroes, not only of the 20th century, but of any recent century. He is, as an ironic view of history would remind us, one of those necessary men. A necessary man who nonetheless is a man whose feet were made of clay, as his biography reveals very clearly.
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Complementarianism at its core believes that men and women were created to have complementary (read: “different roles and responsibilities within marriage, family life, religious leadership to enhance the qualities of the whole“) roles. Many complementarians take this then to believe men were created to teach, lead, etc, while women were created to nurture, support, etc. The over-riding perspective as it comes to church leadership is that complementarians see male-headship as the prescriptive model based on Scripture.
Many complementarians would choose to just ignore other perspectives, declaring them unbiblical, possibly even heretical. However, many godly men and women have come to opposing viewpoints, it only harms the body of Christ when we choose to take uncharitable perspectives toward others within the body.
Matthew Lee Anderson:
How important does Scripture seem to think homosexuality is? It’s common these days to minimize the concern about this particular question before addressing it on grounds that Scripture says very little that is explicit about the subject, even if the now infamous six explicit verses are all negative.
That’s the claim that Richard Hays makes in his massively influential Moral Vision of the New Testament, at any rate. He suggests there that “In terms of emphasis, [homosexual behavior] is a minor concern—in contrast, for example, to economic injustice.”