A Statement of Support for the Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker
March 11, 2015
We at Ordain Women Now wish to express our support for the Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker who has recently been placed at the center of heated controversy within the Synod. In his role as LCMS clergy and in his work as a University Professor, Rev. Becker has consistently taken a strong stance in support of women. He has spoken out when many others, whether out of fear or apathy, have neglected to do so. In this endeavor his commitment to scripture has never wavered and we believe that he has sought to encourage both study and discussion of God’s word in a loving, patient and Christ-like manner. We are deeply grateful for his commitment to justice for all people, and we thank God for his ministry among us. Please join us in support and thankfulness for this faithful pastor and teacher.
Please see also an Open Letter on The Daystar Journal website and add you name in support.
Dr. Elizabeth GoodineAny Biblically based position regarding the relationship of men and women under God must inevitably rest on interpretation of the texts dealing with the creation of human beings, that is, on Genesis 1 & 2. While much of the argumentation over proper roles for women and men in the Church revolves around writings of Paul -- with those who prefer differentiation of roles focusing on texts such as 1 Corinthians 11 & 14 and those favoring equal roles emphasizing Galatians 3 -- those arguments build on, and thus ultimately rest on, an assumed understanding of the creation narrative. Thus, in order to make one's own educated choice in regard to these interpretations (referred to here as the "complementary" view and the "egalitarian" view), it is critical to first understand how proponents of each position interpret the Genesis texts. continue reading
Rev. Dr. Matthew L. BeckerFor many Christian church communities today, the practice of women teaching theology in a university or seminary is not an issue. The largest Christian denomination in the world, the Roman Catholic Church, has allowed this practice for many years. The number of female teachers of theology in Roman Catholic and Protestant universities and seminaries is significant. Less common, but still quite common in the major Protestant church bodies in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia is the practice of authorizing women to serve as pastors of congregations. For some church communities, such as the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), the practice of women teaching theology in a university or seminary is either explicitly rejected or implicitly unsupported and thus not implemented. The practice of women serving in the pastoral office…continue reading
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