Women, Leadership and the Church
Does God want women in the pulpit or the pews? Jim Reiher makes no secret of where he stands on one of the Church’s most vexed issues. He uses the Bible to argue that women’s gifts are to be affirmed....
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Does God want women in the pulpit or the pews? Jim Reiher makes no secret of where he stands on one of the Church’s most vexed issues. He uses the Bible to argue that women’s gifts are to be affirmed. Timely and thought provoking, this book offers readers a fresh look at this controversial topic.
Does God want women in the pulpit or the pews? Jim Reiher makes no secret of where he stands on one of the Church's most vexed issues. He uses the Bible to argue that women's gifts are to be affirmed. 'Women, Leadership & the Church' is timely and thought provoking. It offers readers a fresh look at this controversial topic.
Since finishing high school in the 1970s, Jim has been an Ambulance Officer in NSW; a High School Teacher; and a Theology lecturer. From 2007 till 2012, Jim worked for Urban Neighbors of Hope (UNOH) based in Springvale, Noble Park and Dandenong, overseeing their training programs. He currently works for ACCESS ministries as a regional support manager to school chaplains.
Jim is an avid writer. In Nov 2005, UNOH published his book 'The Eye of the Needle: Discipleship and Wealth'. In 2006, Acorn Press published his 'Women, Leadership and the Church'. And in 2009 UNOH Publications put out Jim's social justice commentary on the epistle of James: 'James: Peace Activist and Advocate for the Poor'. Jim's first novel is 'The Sunburnt Circus'.
Jim has a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in History, a Diploma in Education, and a Masters in Theology with Honors. Jim helped establish a multi-faith network of members of different faith communities in the city of Casey during 2006. That group is now up and running and Jim served as the first President of the Casey Multi-faith Network during 2007 and again more recently. Besides spending time with family (he has 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren), Jim also likes to go to the beach, go bush, get in a game of tenpin bowling, or watch a good movie.
In recent years he has been getting some journal articles accepted and published after peer review, including: 'Violent Language: a clue to the Historical Occasion of James' Evangelical Quarterly. Vol. LXXXV No. 3. July 2013; 'Could Philippians have been written from the Second Roman Imprisonment?' Evangelical Quarterly. Vol. LXXXIV. No. 3 July 2012. pp.213-233; and 'Galatians 3:28: liberating for women, or of limited application?' Expository Times. (123.6) pp. 272-277. March 2012.
- Introduction; 1. The Problem; 2. God's Ideal For Humanity; 3. Are Men And Women Really Equal?; 4. Sin And Its Repercussions; 5. Why Did God Choose Deborah As A Judge?; 6. Why Didn't Jesus Make Women Apostles?; 7. Jesus And Women In Ministry; 8. Women Leaders In The New Testament Church; 9. The Statement That Says It All; 10. The Last Days Church; 11. Head Coverings And Headship; 12. What Does The Bible Mean By The Term 'headship'?; 13. Lessons From Ephesians 5:21-6:9; 14. So Who Then Is The Boss Of The Family?; 15. Aren't Women In The Church Meant To Be Silent?; 16. Doesn't Paul Prohibit Women From Leadership And Teaching?; 17. So Who Are Women Allowed To Teach?; 18. Peter And 'the Weaker Sex'; 19. Teaching And Demonstrating Radical Equality Between Men And Women; 20. Bowing To Society?; 21. Women Bishops?; 22. Where To From Here?