Such an honor to be mentioned in this powerful article by my friend Mitch Carnell on the Southern Baptist Church’s refusal to ordain women.
Here is an excerpt:
“Growing up Southern Baptist, my experience with women pastors is limited, but I have been blessed by hearing some of the best: Linda McKinnish Bridges, Amy Butler, Molly Marshall, Joan Brown Campbell, Cynthia Campbell, Julie Pennington-Russell, Susan Sparks and Martha Brown Taylor, to name only a few.
Not only have I been blessed by hearing these women, I have gained so much insight from them.
I regularly listen to and read Sparks, pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City.
She places God in the center of our every action and has a sense of humor and such an awareness of God’s presence in the ordinary that you are compelled to listen and take notice.
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How can you say that God rejects the work of these ambassadors of hope because they dare preach to men?
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All of these women were gifted by God with talents far greater than the ones given to me. I think God brought me into contact with them because they had been given a message I was intended to hear.
I ask myself, “Where would I be in my spiritual journey if these women were not a part of my life?”
Complementarianism belongs on the ash heap of history along with separate but equal.”
Please take time to read the entire article linked above. It offers a powerful argument supporting women in ministry.
Mitch Carnell is a member of First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina. He is the author of “Our Father: Discovering Family.” His writings can also be found at MitchCarnell.com.