When I started this blog, like many of us, I was talking only to one or two random people who happened to accidentally drop by. Since the readership has grown a little bit and we have a diversity of readers now, I wanted to clarify something just so there's no misunderstanding.
I'll tell you the bottom line right away: I am not trying to teach you. I love, love, love discussing the Bible (can you tell?), and I don't think it's wrong for all of us to do that together. But I want you to know my heart, and to know that I do know the scriptures on this subject. I do NOT see this blog as my "pulpit" from which I am preaching. I see it as an opportunity to dialogue with brothers and sisters, to learn more about God and His Word myself, and to forge relationships built on mutual encouragement and sharpening.
1 Tim 2:8-14
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness--with good works. Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
Now, I do think that the command to remain quiet primarily is meaning a church service, but I do not at any time want to teach or exercise authority over men.
Disciple means "learner" and "follower." I learn so much from ALL OF YOU (men and women) in your blog posts and your comments here. I just wanted you, brothers, to know that in no way do I seek to be any kind of leader over men.
I guess the apostles didn't foresee the creation of the internet and blogging, that would put men and women in situations where they can all talk as a group without physically being in the same room! :) I think it's great. I think it presents wonderful opportunities for growing together, for thinking about different perspectives, and for digging into our OWN BIBLES to "see whether these things are so." But there are PLENTY of women out there who are leaving their places in God's order and rebelling against His commands in this area, and I do not want to be one of them. (My thoughts on feminism, in part, are here.)
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. The discussion is so much richer for it. And by the way, no one wrote to harass me about teaching men...it was just on my heart to clarify this.