As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission

As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission

by Alan G. Padgett


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What does the Bible really say about gender, the ethics of submission, and male-female roles? In this book, well-regarded theologian Alan Padgett offers a fresh approach to the debate. Through his careful interpretation of Paul's letters and broader New Testament teaching, the author shows how Christ's submission to the church models an appropriate understanding of gender roles and servant leadership. As Christ submits to the church, so all Christians must submit to, serve, and care for one another. Padgett articulates a creative approach to mutual submission and explores its practical outworking in the church today, providing biblical and ethical affirmation for equality in leadership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801027000
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alan G. Padgett (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the author or coauthor of several books, including Christianity and Western Thought (volumes 2 and 3), But Is It All True? The Bible and the Question of Truth, and Science and the Study of God. His scholarship ranges over philosophy, theology and science, and New Testament studies. Padgett is also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

Table of Contents

1. Living Gospel: Evangelical Approaches to Gender Roles
2. Mutual Submission and Christian Leadership: The Bible and the Ethics of Roles
3. Mutual Submission or Male Dominion? Christ and Gender Roles in Ephesians and 1 Corinthians
4. Mission and Submission: 1 Peter and the Pastoral Epistles
5. Headship and Head-Coverings: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 from the Bottom Up
6. Submission Today: Hunger and Thirst for Justice

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