We are the community about whom Paul said “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Cor 12:12–13). Indeed, Paul spent a good deal of effort exhorting the family of God to unity. But,often, we are not concerned with expanding our picture or understanding of the body of Christ, but with defending our own views or communities, thus isolating ourselves. This isolation breeds insensitivity to those who are different from us. This should not be! Christians should be the first to seek out the voices we usually do not hear, especially those within the body of Christ!
This year, in keeping with the ETS Annual Meeting's theme of "Marriage and Family," this journal shares the experience of women at ETS, an often-unheard minority in the ETS family. The cover article, “‘A Question Over My Head’: Experiences of Women ETS Members at the 2014 ETS Annual Meeting,” shares the findings of a qualitative research study conducted at the 2014 ETS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The study’s intent was simple: to better understand the experiences of women at ETS and learn how they can be better supported.
In addition to Zimbrick-Rogers’ research, this journal reprises a few articles that profoundly impact that way we think and act in the family of Christ, whether in our community life or our individual marriages.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Wholeness in the Family of God
"A Question Mark Over My Head": Experiences of Women ETS Members at the 2014 ETS Annual Meeting
Emily Louise Zimbrick-Rogers
"Equal in Being, Unequal in Role": Exploring the Logic of Woman's Subordination
Rebecca Merrill Groothuis
Mutual Love and Submission in Marriage: Colossians 3:18-19 and Ephesians 5:21-33
I. Howard Marshall
First Corinthians 7:Paul's Neglected Treatise on Gender
Ronald W. Pierce