Apparently it’s Christian porn: women both behind the pulpit and on the cover of a Christian magazine. Gospel Today’s latest issue features women pastors, and now 100 Southern Baptist-run LifeWay Christian Bookstores are pulling the magazine from their shelves and hiding it under their counters.  

The magazine isn’t dangerous enough to ban completely since you can still buy it if you ask for it. But with 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling and Sarah Palin possibly about to bust it with her pretty little head, these are sensitive times. Perhaps the Baptists are correct to keep unwitting, unsuspecting Palin-devotees from seeing the headline, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” and beginning to naively wonder why women can have authority over all the men in the United States of America and not the men in the pews of the First Baptist Church.

But the Baptists should keep a tighter leash on their website, where the same gullible types might wander and see books advocating not just spurious doctrines like infant baptism and the emergent church, but also gender equality. Maybe it’s time for an under-the-counter online.

 
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12 Responses to SBC Shields Christian Eyes from Female Pastors

  1. John Wofford says:

    It’s funny to see that this stuff is still an issue, but yeah…to some groups it shockingly still is.

  2. Jacob says:

    It is pretty silly that they would hid a magazine over that. I’m with Voddie on this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f14z3cnNzzo

  3. Samuel says:

    It really is interesting to see how it’s still an issue. Great article and website!

  4. Alisa says:

    Jacob, you really think Sarah Palin’s candidacy is a sign that our culture is under judgment?

    * sigh *

    I give up.

    I’m wondering who prepped that annoying CNN anchor for that interview. She certainly knew her proof texts and had no real idea what she was talking about.

  5. Clarice says:

    Alisa Said: “Perhaps the Baptists are correct to keep unwitting, unsuspecting Palin-devotees from seeing the headline, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” and beginning to naively wonder why women can have authority over all the men in the United States of America and not the men in the pews of the First Baptist Church.But the Baptists should keep a tighter leash on their website, where the same gullible types might wander and see books advocating not just spurious doctrines like infant baptism and the emergent church, but also gender equality. Maybe it’s time for an under-the-counter online.”

    Alisa, if you are trying to make a point here, it gets alittle lost in your sarcasm. Or perhaps I’m misunderstanding you.

    You seem to be creating a false dilemma: “If Baptists advocate books on gender equality, then they should advocate magazines on women pastors.”

    Am I misunderstanding? I’m not arguing, just wondering what’s your point.

    I generally appreciate Patrol magazine. It’s quite insightful and really fun to read. But I have to be honest: when I read this kind of snarky stuff with bitter undertones, I get pretty turned off. If you think the Baptists are being hypocrites,(I’m not a baptist) some arguments would be helpful. The scripture that you sighted is talking about the church specifically. So I’m lost on your point. Your tone is so sarcastic I don’t know which direction you are coming from.

    But I want to understand, and I realize I may not be reading you correctly… so help me out here.

  6. Alisa says:

    Thanks for the comment, Clarice. Sorry if the tone was bitter or overly-sarcastic. I didn’t mean it to be.

    My argument was that it doesn’t make sense for the Baptists to openly sell books that argue for female pastors, but hide a magazine that features female pastors. That seems illogical, and I can’t think of a reason for hiding the magazine, except that they’re trying to “shield” their customers from alternative viewpoints. (In my opinion, viewpoints they may be more likely to entertain now that they’re facing the confusing possibility of supporting a female vice-president although they wouldn’t support a female pastor.)

    Sorry again if my sarcasm obscured my meaning. That wasn’t my intention.

  7. Clarice says:

    Thanks so much for the clarification, Alisa! I really aprreciate it…and I agree with you.

    That book that you linked to was interesting by Rebecca Grootius. When I dug into it a little more, I more readily saw your point about the hypocrisy of it all. sigh.

    Thanks for clarifying. 🙂 I so appreciate that.

  8. Clarice says:

    …and when I went back and read my first comment I realized I sounded a little snarky myself. I apologize!

  9. Alisa says:

    Anything by Rebecca Groothuis is very good. She’s a thoughtful author.

  10. Taylor says:

    “Discovering Biblical Equality” was one of my assigned textbooks a few years ago. Rebecca Groothius was one of the editors. It was brilliant.

  11. Handy says:

    Infection technique:

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