In the course of a year of blogging one goes through a number of topics. I find that the two subjects that receive the most response are women in ministry leadership and homosexuality. I don’t think it is all about scripture. Take the following verse from 1Tim 2 NRSV.
9 also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, 10 but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. 12 I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.
For those opposed to the idea of a female senior pastor this is the key passage. I respect those who have a willingness to stay true to scripture even when it is unpopular. However I think very few people do this. Almost no one actually takes this passage of scripture literally and directly. I don’t see anyone advocating that the church should restrict women from ministry because they wear jewelry or expensive clothes. I don’t see anyone advocating that women in a bible college should learn in in silence with “full submission.” Why take one passage of this chapter and apply it to one position in our context?