There’s a nervousness among reformed evangelical complementarians about tackling any of the New Testament gender passages, but particularly 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, where the issue of head is discussed.
More recently there have been claims from some blaming the bible’s teaching on headship for incidents of domestic violence. And of course we want to speak strongly against any form of DV.
But, should we avoid teaching on 1 Corinthians, or avoid chapter 11? I don’t think that’s the answer. I’ve asked a couple of friends to come and help me in my sermon preparation.
Dr Lionel Windsor is a New Testament lecturer at Moore Theological College in Sydney. (www.moore.edu.au)
Dani Treweek is the former former women’s pastor at St Matthias church in Sydney (www.matthias.org.au). She is doing her PhD on Singleness. And is a significant force behind the Singleminded Conference later in the year.