I have been out here too long without going on record as egalitarian.
Let me correct that procrastination now.
I don't know that there is a bigger fish to fry in the church today than that of freeing women to minister to the body. The scripture has clearly called women to function in every ministry needed by the body, and if the translators have obscured that fact they have yet not hidden it completely.
Women need to be teaching, and teaching men. The church needs them. Could the church possibly have drifted so far from common-sense and love had women borne equal authority in the body for these last 400 years? Would we have thousands of denominations if women held 10, 20, or 50% of all decision making authority? Would I have to wonder how many believers lived on my street if women were in charge of anything? I doubt it.
Anyway, I say this now because of a post by Suzanne McCarthy. It's not about changing the world, but it sure could be. It contains one of the saddest sentences I have read in a long, long time:
All us girls put down our Greek, Latin and Hebrew at the age of 21 and entered the adult world.
May the Lord break the fetters of women like Suzanne in our churches.