Show Notes:

Guest Bio:

Carolyn Custis James is an advocate for women around the world, and an award-winning author who specialises in strengthening relationships between men and women, and writing  about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a post-modern world. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Missio Seminary in Philadelphia, and is married to Frank James.

If you’re created to image God, it means that your first calling is to know the God who created you to be like Himself.

Episode 10 links:

Verses Mentioned in Show:  

  • Genesis 1 & 2
  • Book of Ruth

Notes and Quotes: 

  • So when I went to seminary we couldn’t go during the school year, we had to go in the summers, because they didn’t want us to take the place of a male student.
  • Women don’t need a softer teaching, we need really strong teaching, because we’re experiencing deep struggles and hard questions.
  • I ended up convicted that the questions that were being asked about women in leadership and women in ministry were not big enough.
  • You need to find out what your gifts are and what God wants you to do with your life, and I’m not the answer to that question.
  • Women need deep theology–we need to know God for ourselves.
  • The moment the word “why” crosses your lips, you are doing theology, and if you’ve been trying to survive on fluff, you don’t have anything that’s going to hold you.
  • If you’re created to image God, it means that your first calling is to know the God who created you to be like Himself.
  • The Bible is for all women…that you could tell a trafficked woman, “You are God’s image bearer, and that has never changed, and that heightens in infinite ways the atrocities that are being committed against you.”
  • When we read the biblical text we need to foreignize it, because we are foreigners to the world of the Bible. And the stories in the Bible are drained of their potency when we just look at them through American eyes.
  • Our first calling is to care for creation, and that is one that men and women share. God created male and female, and when He creates His image bearers… it means our first calling is to know Him and to find out what He loves, and to look at the world through His eyes and to love what He loves, and to join His mission in the world.
  • Two Hebrew words that refer to the “woman” in the Old Testament, “ezer kenegdo.” Kenegdo means she’s his match, like the South Pole is to the North Pole. She’s on equal ground with him. “Ezer” is a military word and always occurs in a military context where God is our shield in defense, and it also refers to women. 
  • I think that the marriage ceremony establishes the ground rules. And God didn’t create the woman to add responsibility to the man. He created help, real help.
  • Why aren’t we talking about every Sunday morning we are launching a vast group of people out into the workplace, out into all kinds of front lines for the gospel, and it’s not just about witnessing and it’s not just about your ethics as an employee, it’s about the very work you do matters.