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In Episode 41, our friend Bob Brown (co-pastor of First Mennonite Church Indianapolis, IN) wanders with us into the idea that Patriarchy and hierarchy are the dominant forms of Church leadership structure. We wonder if this system is actually damaging and destructive. Over tacos one day, Bob made the statement, "maybe one of the reasons that Jesus came was to 'smash the Patriarchy'." With a raised eyebrow, I replied, "say more about that." 

Patriarchy - a system of government or society (or Church leadership for the purpose of this conversation) in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.

"It's men who trust they will suffer no consequences for their actions, while women suffer no matter what they do.” ― Meghan MacLean Weir, The Book of Essie

Scriptures Used in this episode:

Abraham Pleads for Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 18:16-33

David and Bathsheba - 2 Samuel 11

Joseph Supports Mary's Dream - Matthew 1:18-25

Women Support Jesus and Disciples' Ministry - Luke 8:1-3

Jesus Heals a Bleeding Woman - Luke 8:43-48

Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:1-11

Lydia - Acts 16:11-15

Priscilla and Aquila - Acts 18

 

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