Warming up in the bullpen

Today I was privileged, along with the church congregation, to stand out on the lawn and celebrate with cake and punch a young woman pastor’s ordination.

Her husband was with her.  She is pregnant with their first child.  It was a beautiful sight and my heart filled with joy as we congratulated her on her calling and achievement.

That is a sight that I hope to see in more churches.  Oh, they don’t all have to be pregnant!

Get ready, folks.  Women are warming up in the bullpen.  They are now gathering in the area to warm-up before they enter the game.  Oh, they are out in the foul territory along the baselines or just beyond the outfield fence.  But be assured, they are there. They are in the holding place – the bullpen – because they have not yet played in the game with the rest of the team.

Some few have been on the field, and pitched a few balls. But others are practicing, learning, biding their time until they too, are out on the field.

They are educated, been to seminary, and have a calling. They are suited up and they are ready to get in the game.

“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight.” (Luke 12:35)

 What will you say to God when He says:

“I called her. She stepped out in faith and went to college, then to seminary. She is dressed and ready to go out into the field.

I signed her on.  But you won’t put her in the game.

Just Whose game do you think it is anyway?”

Will you help these young women? They are trained. They are ready. They are waiting for the call that will get them out on the field where they can answer their calling. If you want to win this game, it is time to call those women who are waiting in the bullpen.

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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5 Responses to Warming up in the bullpen

  1. Temperance says:

    One way to deal with a bully is to work on ways to cut off his resources. Emotional support for the women involved is a starting point. Reach out to the women in our lives whom we know are still in bondage and be a good listener. Show interest in their personal lives and ask questions. Then listen without offering advice or your opinion unless asked. They have been starved of emotional support because there has been no safe place for them to be their true selves. We can give them that and will give us a chance to win credibility.

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  2. tommy9999 says:

    Shirley:

    Do you think the SBC will ever repent over its treatment of women?

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    • No. Not as long as Al Mohler, Paige and Dorothy Patterson, John Piper and Russell Moore (? I think that is his name) are the leaders, it will not. At some point, I hope that people will have had enough of these leaders, and other leaders will rise up who have an open heart and mind to the damage cost to women and to the gospel that this attitude has. Have you read “Putting Women in their place” by Joe and Audra Trull? He tells how this started with the Pattersons and Piper who founded Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood (the Danvers Statement and also the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 which all use the same wording). But – I do believe that God is moving among our midst. I believe that something is about to happen that will burst this thing wide open. I don’t know what it will be. I have chill bumps as I write this. Who can imagine what God has in mind? I tell people that all I have to do is my part – but I have to make an effort to find my part, and I work day and night toward this goal. We are having our first CBE Houston (Christians for Biblical Equality Houston Chapter) meeting on June 23. We hope to get feedback, and start a plan of action. We have spoken enough (LOL), we all know the scriptures, and now it is time to get to work. I encourage you and maybe a Sunday school class, or a lunch Bible Study, to use our plan, Commit to 5. You can find it on this website. It can be started at any time by a group, or by an individual. You can spread the word to other groups. Involvement and creating an awakening movement is one key. God is moving. I know it. I feel it. Shirley

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  3. Mabel says:

    I recommend being vigilant. Speak up if your church is not doing the right thing. Do not let the leaders do whatever without consequence. Make them accountable. Educate and agitate. Vote with your checkbook. Support CBE. Give to egalitarian seminaries. Support egalitarian parachurch org’ns. Ask the leaders pointed questions. Always ask questions that make them think. When they realize they cannot answer, they will start thinking. For the really truly spiritual leaders, they will change. For those into power and authority, they have given themselves over to the great deceiver.

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