Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry

Jesus Justice and Gender Roles A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry In this original digital short author and co founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Kathy Keller recounts her experience growing up in gender neutral home My first encounter with the ideas of male h

  • Title: Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry
  • Author: KathyKeller
  • ISBN: 9780310498186
  • Page: 311
  • Format: ebook
  • In this original digital short, author and co founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Kathy Keller recounts her experience growing up in gender neutral home My first encounter with the ideas of male headship and female submission, she writes, was both intellectually and morally traumatic Yet Keller came to adopt the view that men and women have different roles inIn this original digital short, author and co founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Kathy Keller recounts her experience growing up in gender neutral home My first encounter with the ideas of male headship and female submission, she writes, was both intellectually and morally traumatic Yet Keller came to adopt the view that men and women have different roles in marriage and ministry, and that fulfilling such roles pleases God and leads to greater personal fulfillment.In this unapologetic but nuanced piece, Keller presents a caring and careful case for biblical gender differences and the complementarian view of women in ministry At the same time, she encourages women to teach and lead in the church in ways that may startle some complementarians Readers on both sides of this hot button topic will be challenged by her ministry tested and thoroughly Scriptural perspective.

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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name Kathy Keller MA, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary serves as assistant director of communications for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City She is the author of Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles forthcoming, Zondervan and co author with her husband, Timothy Keller, of The Meaning of Marriage Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.

    284 thoughts on “Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry

    • As a general rule I rarely read religious books, or non-fiction for that matter, but I gave myself a goal of reading 10 nonfiction books this year. This is the first. I found this book surprisingly easy to read, and Keller's intellectual approach appealed to me. I'm personally still wrestling with this issue in some regard, although less so than in the past, but I really liked the second half of this book. I found that many of the truths I hold logically can extend to gender roles in the church [...]


    • Introduction7: moved with Tim to Manhattan in 1989; issues are incendiary in NYC—distinct gender roles are on the same level as child molestation for some people, but they should be seen as a gift; this isn't just academic for Kathy—she's attacked from both sides (some disagree re: roles, and some disagree that women should teach/speak in church); she was up for ordination at one time (in the PCUSA before it was called that)8: she'll address the hermeneutical front (Part 1) and the personal [...]


    • I knew I would disagree with Mrs. Keller before I started. However, I do not automatically give those I disagree with low ratings. If a person makes a concerted effort to address differing viewpoints, etc. I will give a higher rating to them despite my disagreements. I also realize this is a booklet and not a full length treatment of the topic. But this book does more harm than good by running with too many unproven assumptions to make sweeping generalizations about men, women, and the church. T [...]


    • A short book by the wife of one of the USA's leading pastors, Kathy Keller offers a complementarian perspective on women's ordination. I appreciate that she comments on some of the main arguments in favour of women's ordination, but the brevity of the book prevents her from really engaging with them (e.g. she mentions William Webb's excellent "Slaves, Women and Homosexuals" but doesn't walk through Webb's careful, if lengthy, argument). One point I found compelling is Keller's statement that we [...]


    • A case for gender role ministries can be a topic that is sensitive in most growing churches. Is the word relevant for today? Corinthians 14:34 is addressed where women are to keep quiet in the church. Is this fair? Is this justice? Ms. Keller starts her short book with basic bible study 101. What does the word say? What is the context? and the why. I liked how she brought out the justice of this verse and made it very real for me. Do I believe that God is just. Do I believe in the goodness of Go [...]


    • I find Kathy Keller's speaking and writing immensely easy to read and clear. I appreciate her handling of scripture and found this book helpful in finding my place within the area of complementarianism. While I am completely convinced of the Biblical truth of complementarianism and am against the ordination of women as pastors, I still struggle with the practical application of locating the "line" women are not to cross. I didn't find this book all that helpful in that regard as my personal beli [...]


    • I do not claim to be an expert on this controversial topic, and quite honestly this is the first book I've read on the topic of complementarianism vs. egalitarianism in the church ministry. However, I really appreciated this book by Kathy Keller. She defends the complementarianism view very well from Scripture. I also appreciated her gracious and humble tone throughout the book. Keller would probably be on the "liberal" side of complementarians, but I still gained a lot from this book. It defini [...]


    • I read this book wanting to give a fair shot to complementarianism. As Kathy Keller herself says, “I have no investment in being wrong. I do not desire to be deceived or to deceive. So by all means, let us look at the data again.” One of my complementarian friends asked me to hold this belief with open hands, and I try to do so. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that this short book (only 48 pages) really isn’t an in-depth explanation of complementarianism. I wanted Kathy to try to change [...]



    • Kathy Keller cuts through all the crap and delivers a concise, clear and compassionate little book. I recommend this book to any woman or man who is dissatisfied, disillusioned or confused by gender roles in the church; the lack of female leadership and who are to be elders. Her personal journey only engages the leader more but her clear theological understanding would stand alone without it (definitely love when a woman doesn't need a man to understand the hermeneutics of a text!)


    • Very helpfulHelpful, measured and clear. Witty and engaging writing style. A difficult topic and cloudy at times, the writer brings clarity and warmth to it. Excellent blend of personal experience and pastoral experience brings huge integrity. Exegesis of difficult scriptures and emphasis on inerrancy very helpful.Challenging book, many thanks


    • This is the clearest description and argument I've heard for this position. I really like how Keller openly states her presuppositions so she can get right to the point. She knows what she is and isn't going to argue about and strikes the right tone in addressing the personal concerns of those who object to her position.


    • Not Detailed, but good pointsNot a detailed account and explanation + counter-explanation for the complementarian stance, but a good introduction and points to Gender discussion as from a theological, feminine, personal perspective. At least I can feel the desire to be fair and have conviction and reason.


    • I read this in one sitting, and I loved it. Carefully articulated and explained, scripturally sound. I wanted more and will search for more on this topic to see what the varying opinions on Keller's interpretation might be. She had me convinced!



    • ClearExcellent, brief and clear exposition and explanation on a challenging subject. Kathy Keller is a must read on this subject.


    • Liked it. Very quick overview of a murky and emotional issue. The book is only about 40 pages, but nicely summarizes the issues with the specific title and role of women in the church. I like that she lays out the info and also gives the reasoning for her thoughts. She nicely articulates the core issues in 40 pages where others would need 400 pages.


    • Big topic, short read. Kathy Keller handles this behemoth issue in a personal, practical, and (most importantly) biblically sound treatment of the topic of gender roles in the church. The scholarship alone is very sound, but the personal application from a woman who has walked both sides of the aisle, makes this book a must-read on this subject. Keller lands on the complementarian spectrum, but cuts a path that is not stereo-typical of this stance. Through thorough treatment of 1 Corinthians 14 [...]


    • I read this book together with a book by John Stackhouse, "Partners in Christ". I will offer a single review of both. These two books were chosen deliberately as a combination for two reasons. First, both authors changed their position over time. Keller is unusual as a seminary trained female who moved from an egalitarian to a complementarian position with regards to female leadership in the church. Stackhouse is unusual as a male theologian who moved from a complementarian to a more egalitarian [...]


    • Kathy Keller lays out a really clear and concise position/argument for complimentarianism. I think this is exactly the clear-cut explanation I've been looking for. All through college studying in the pastoral major, I frequently heard comments like, "CAN you do that?"; "Are you allowed to do that?"; "I've never heard a woman preach, I'm interested in what it's like." Almost each person who heard what major I was asked me then and there for my theological position. One I was (am) still forming an [...]


    • Rating: 4.5/5 Kathy Keller has written a fantastic and engaging little book/tract on women in ministry. It was both a theologically/biblically astute explication of gender roles and a complementarian view of women and ministry, and it made quick work of opposing viewpoints.Though, like others here, I wished it was longer. However, she can't be faulted for that, as it was the purpose of the this series. Her section on "elders" in the synagogue provided some really helpful historical context and i [...]


    • Hermeneutically ComplementarianWhile avoiding circular or exclusively dogmatic arguments, Mrs. Keller engages the two primary scriptures that have been used to limit the public ministry of women in the Church Those dogmatically opposed to women preachers/teachers are unlikely to be moved from their positions (by anything, especially this book). Those own to the possibility may not be fully convinced to accept the conclusion, but they will at least have encountered a thoughtful and Biblically lit [...]


    • Kathy Keller displays her impressive wisdom--which is equal parts intelligence, honesty, humility, and willingness to act--in this little pamphlet as she thinks through the issue of gender roles in the church. I plan to come back to this review later to include her best quotes My only complaint is that the book feels a bit too academic to be useful as an introduction to this complimentarian viewpoint. If it were more accessible, I could recommend it more enthusiastically to women wrestling throu [...]


    • This was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. Having read a lot on womens roles in the church and at home, I thought there wasn't a lot of arguments on both sides that I hadn't heard before. I was wrong. Kathy Keller makes some great points, which I felt her put her in the middle of the camp that basically feels like women shouldn't be doing much of anything and the camp that feels that there is no distinction at all between what women should be doing and men should be doing in the church. If y [...]


    • This is a very short read, which is among the myriad reasons I recommend it to anyone struggling with concepts of complimentarian views on gender. Whether you think complementarian is synonymous with chauvinist or you think a woman's only place is barefoot in the kitchen, this book provides a remarkably biblical, practical, and beautiful perspective on our God-given roles and differences as men and women in the kingdom.


    • While I don't agree with Keller's conclusions, she is thoughtful and respectful, and I think that as far as the complementarian view is concerned, Keller does a nice job of balancing Scriptural integrity with cultural reality. The book suffers from being short, though, since this is not a simple topic.


    • Balanced and biblical. Best line from the book, "Justice in the end is whatever God decrees."Her section on how men and women in their gender roles both play the Jesus part is worth the price of this e-book alone.


    • Excellent, brief treatment of the topic of women's role in the church. Kathy does adequate justice to the relevant passages, in my view; and she answers objections fairly and with empathy & understanding.


    • Concise but excellent perspective on interpreting the Bible's most controversial passages on women in the church. For some reason, a woman writing on this topic seems to give it even more power.



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