Renew-Hicks Articles on Women and the Assembly

For convenience, below are links to the discussion between Renew and myself. I hope you find the series informative as well as reflective of attitudes that honor God and bear witness to the fruit of the Spirit.

I only respond to Renew posts that explicitly interact with my book Women Serving God.

  1. Renew’s Review (Part 1): Hermeneutics.
  2. My Response to Part 1.
  3. Renew’s Reply to my Response to Part 1. (I also copied it into #4 below.)
  4. My Rejoinder to Renew’s Reply to my Response to Part 1.
  5. Renew’s Review (Part 2): 1 Corinthians 11.
  6. My Response to Part 2.
  7. Renew’s Review (Part 3): 1 Corinthians 14.
  8. My Response to Part 3.
  9. Renew’s Review (Part 4): 1 Timothy 2:8-15.
  10. My Response to Part 4.
  11. Renew’s Review (Part 5): Elders.
  12. My Response to Part 5.
  13. Renew’s Review (Part 6): Marriage.
  14. My Response to Part 6.
  15. Renew’s Review (Part 9): Where Does Egalitarianism Lead?
  16. My Response to Part 9.
  17. Renew’s Summary (Part 12).
  18. My Response to Renew’s Summary.
  19. Renew’s Final Response to My Comments on their Summary.
  20. Christian Chronicle Review by Sproles.
  21. Hicks’s Response to Chronicle Review by Sproles.



2 Responses to “Renew-Hicks Articles on Women and the Assembly”

  1.   Michael McFarland Says:

    John Mark, I am using your book on women and this exchange with Renew to facilitate my own journey on this topic. Question. Your point about the bottomline in 1 Cor. 11:2-16 is, regardless of details women where praying and propehsiying audibly in the assembly. Paui seems to regulate this in accordance with the custom of wearing a veil. I’m wondering why it is the veil only comes into the picture relative to praying and prophesying and not speaking in tongues–the latter of which it is safe to assume would have been done in the assembly by women as well. Why is the veil at issue ONLY for praying and prohesying? Is there something about these two gifts as opposed to speaking in tongues that sets them a part?

    •   John Mark Hicks Says:

      Many believe “praying” in 1 Corinthians 11 is another way of talking about “speaking in tongues,” or at least speaking in tongues is included in “praying” because prayer and tongue-speaking are linked in several ways in 1 Corinthians 14.

      I don’t think we can really know. But, it seems to me, whatever audible participation is involved in “praying and prophesying” in 1 Corinthians 11 is parallel to the sort of activities described or identified in 1 Corinthians 14. In other words, I doubt if Paul would say that speaking in tongues is something that is not included in his concerns about head covering.

      For Paul, in Corinth, women who pray and prophesy (including those who speak in tongues) must cover their heads out of some concern for sexual propriety in Corinthian culture.

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