On Thursday night, I had an interesting experience that tied my stomach up in knots for about 90 minutes.

In our small town, there is a real effort between the churches to get along. Mark is part of the

4 thoughts on “Flabergasted”

  1. Everyone hates unsolicited advice, so I guess you’ll hate this. If there is a way you could politely let the speaker know your feelings, that might be appropriate. She probably is unaware of how offensive she is to some. Just a thought.

  2. I’m actually surprised that this sort of thing wasn’t happening more often. Too often, some see ecumenical gatherings as a venue to try to convince others that their denominational distinctives are right, rather than simply show brotherly love to their neighbors.

  3. Dear Jenn,
    Been reading gobs of your blog as my husband and I may be relocating with FAA to OKC in September and need help in choosing a neighborhood. So much in common with you! Loved the “Anne” series, am a Christian wife, etc, etc. You are so right on the non-female authority issue in the church, it was part of the reason hubby and I left the fruity non-denom church we were attending (besides the constant “speaking in tongues” in groups of 5 or 10 or whatever with no translation [IMHO, it was fake babbling, which I feel could lead to trances and demonic influence] and spontaneous prophecies which never came true). It is written in 1 Timothy II, “11-A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12-I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13-For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14-And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15-But women[1] will be saved[2] through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” It was a very inappropriate venue. And I mean, what does a husband do if his wife is a pastor? Who obeys whom? Sheesh! Please write back if you have time, would love to chat with you about books, church life, Oklahoma, etc.

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