Pastor Tommy Nelson is trying to get the word out about an upcoming series of messages that will be hosted by Denton Bible Church beginning on Sunday, June 15. There will be three messages delivered over three Sundays from three different speakers, each of whom will be addressing the question, “Can a woman be in authority over a man in the local church?” Here’s the line-up:
June 15 â€“ Pastor Tommy Nelson
June 22 â€“ Dr. Bruce Ware
June 29 â€“ Dr. Russell Moore
If you are in the area for any or all of these Sundays, I would recommend attending Denton Bible Church. Pastor Nelson has written an open-letter to area pastors that explains more about the series. You can read it below.
[By the way, many of you may recognize Pastor Nelson from his ubiquitous sermon series on the Song of Solomon.]
June 4, 2008
I’ve pastored for 31 years in Denton and have never had a reason to contact other pastors with what Denton Bible was doingâ€”until now.
We are doing a 3-week series at DBC on the egalitarian issue, “Can a woman be in authority over a man in the local church?””Can they serve as pastors, elders or deacons over a man?”
The teaching of the Bible is “no” (I Tim. 2:9-15; 1 Cor. 14:34);
The example of the Bible is that men lead;
The historic position of the church is that men lead;
Because of these, this has been our position at DBC.
In the last 20 years this has been challenged. Even within my own seminaryâ€”Dallas Theological Seminaryâ€”this has been challenged. But it is not primarily being challenged because of a difference in the interpretation of a particular verse (lower criticism) but rather a difference of hermeneutic (higher criticism); meaning that the Bible was true then for that time, but not for ours. The hole in the theological dike here is obvious: At what point do we say what is now “outdated”? Something is ended only if Scripture says it is ended.
With this in mind, DBC is doing a 3-week Sunday sermon series on the egalitarian issue from June 15 to June 29. In these three weeks, I and two other men who are tops in their field will address this issue.
On June 15 I will bring the message in the 2 morning services (9:00 and 11:00 AM). Our College Pastor will bring the message in the evening service (5:00 PM).
On June 22 we have invited Dr. Bruce Ware to speak at all three Sunday services (9:00 and 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM). Dr. Ware is Professor of Theology at Southern Baptist Seminary having previously taught at several seminaries most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a highly esteemed theologian, popular speaker and prolific author. He has spoken and written frequently on a wide variety of gender role issues.
On June 29 Dr. Russell Moore will be speaking at all three Sunday services. Dr. Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President of Academic Administration at Southern Seminary. He is also the Executive Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement and Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He too is a frequent speaker and writer on gender issues and matters affecting popular culture.
On June 22 and 29 our 5:00 PM evening service will have the same men preaching to those (the younger crowd) of that service. It is not often that this issue is addressed. If we can be of any service to you men who support this tradition in your churches or to your churches, DBC would simply offer its services.
May God equip you in every good thing to do His will,