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Beth Allison Barr

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My First Sermon: The Faith of a Woman

I teach and research sermons. Two weeks ago, on September 11, I had the privilege of preaching my first sermon at Truett seminary. I am so thankful for seminaries like Truett which affirm and actively support women in ministry. Although my sermon text stands as…
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March 10, 2020
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The Myth of Biblical Womanhood?

In 2012, Rachel Held Evans—a New York Times bestselling author of American Christianity–wrote a stunningly provocative book titled A Year of Biblical Womanhood. In it, she vividly shows us how “biblical womanhood” is not a constant. It is a culturally constructed concept. For those of…
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March 10, 2020
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Reconsidering Paul: A Reading List

In 1998, the Southern Baptist Convention amended the Baptist Faith and Message for the first time since 1963. They voted to add a four-paragraph statement on the family. The new statement declared that a woman should “submit herself graciously” to the leadership of her husband.…
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March 10, 2020
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Paul Interrupted: A Medieval Perspective

Just a few years ago, my entire family (parents, siblings, aunts, and my grandfather) attended a church service together. The pastor was preaching through Ephesians and had reached chapter 5. Now, I have to tell you some about my grandfather. He was Baptist most of…
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March 10, 2020
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Paul on Women: A Modern Obsession?

Mary Magdalene at the feet of Jesus; Notre Dame On August 4, 2009, John Piper, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and the well-known author of more than 50 books including his co-authored Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, answered…
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March 10, 2020
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Is There Hope for Evangelical Women?

My daughter and I were walking our new puppy when my phone buzzed. It was a twitter notification from my fellow blogger Chris Gehrz. He had tweeted about Beth Moore’s open letter. I stopped dead and started reading. This was a mistake. We had only…
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March 10, 2020