The controversy over Sheri Klouda spilled over onto television sets across the metroplex last night as the ABC affiliate in Dallas did a feature on Klouda’s departure from Southwestern Seminary. You can watch the video by clicking here.
In my view, the feature was not even-handed. Perhaps this wasn’t the intention, but it portrayed the seminary as repressive for trying to apply 1 Timothy 2:12 (not 1 Timothy 2:11!) to its hiring of Bible professors. I don’t know how one could escape the conclusion that the Bible was somehow to blame for the whole ordeal.
Klouda’s story goes to show that the gender issue will not be going away any time soon. Not only do Christians continue to disagree over the proper interpretation of key texts, but they also disagree over how to apply the texts in various church and para-church settings. The ironic thing about the Klouda controversy is that so-called “complementarians” can be found on both sides of this issue.
Klouda has relocated, and her particular case will eventually fade from view. But the conversation on gender roles in the church and in the home is far from over.
See my previous post: “Klouda Controversy in the Star-Telegram”
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