Audrey Assad – Witness
Although women are often excluded from teaching roles in complementarian churches that believe in “Biblical gender roles,” leading worship is one area often deemed appropriate and the hymns and songs written by women are included in complementarian services. Interestingly, corporate worship through song is a time of powerful transformation and spiritual development. On the RCA website, they say,
“Through congregational singing Christian faith is not only expressed; to a very real degree it is formed. Since people tend to remember the theology they sing more than the theology that is preached, a congregation’s repertoire of hymnody is often of critical importance in shaping the faith of its people.”
And in a video entitled Words of Wonder: What Happens When We Sing? from the Desiring God 2008 National Conference, complementarian Bob Kauflin says (citing egalitarian scholar Fee),
“New Testament scholar Gordon Fee once said, ‘Show me a church’s songs and I’ll show you their theology.’ And it’s true. Or as Mark Noll puts it, ‘We are what we sing’ (Noll, ‘We Are What We Sing,’ Christianity Today, July 12, 1999, 37). Words should be the first thing we consider when we think about what songs to sing when we gather as the body of Christ.”
It makes me happy that through songwriting, women have been powerfully influential theologians even in patriarchal churches.
With that in mind, I enjoyed watching Audrey Assad‘s testimony yesterday about finding her voice and calling from God to public ministry as a singer/songwriter despite being nurtured and formed within a strongly patriarchal tradition, the Plymouth Brethern Christian Church. I love Assad’s songs and heavenly singing, and I really love this talk:
Sarah Bessey – Learning You Have a Voice
I also listened to The Road Back to You: Looking at life through the lens of the Enneagram podcast’s most recent episode yesterday, featuring Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile’s interview with Sarah Bessey in which she talked about finding her voice as an Enneagram 9: The Peacemaker. I am also a 9 and found her self-description and experiences to be helpful.
You can listen here.
Bessey’s voice is one I always tune into to learn from. She’s taught me so much about God’s love and vision for women through her blog and books, Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts. Or something that is fun is scrolling through her quotes on Good Reads. 🙂
Thanks for visiting The Beautiful Kingdom Warriors! God can use your voice in powerful ways too. Don’t be afraid to explore your gifts and calling!
God bless. 🙂