Equal by Katia C Adams [REVIEW]

SYNOPSIS

Can women and men both lead, or are they designed for different roles?

This question has been a topic of heated debate and controversy for many years, with implications for the Church and society. In Equal, Katia Adams argues that the Church has, too often, misrepresented the heart of Jesus to release and empower both women and men. With sensitivity to both sides of the argument, Katia draws on the wisdom of Scripture, theology and the Holy Spirit. Blending them with her own personal experiences, she asserts that both women and men are equally called to serve and lead in the Church and in the world and that, by restricting the roles of women, we are missing God’s design for the Church and for the gospel’s impact on the earth.

About the Author
Katia Adams, born in the Middle East, is a codirector of Frequentsee (frequentsee.org), a ministry aimed at resourcing and mentoring churches and church leaders around the world. In addition to teaching on theological courses and at church conferences and leadership events internationally, she is also a
medical doctor, wife to Julian, and mother to two busy children.

SYNOPSIS

I love this section of Chapter 2:

It would seem that perhaps Jesus is not as convinced as some are of the lesser authority that women have. I have heard my husband say, ‘What was lost in a garden was restored in a garden.’ Here, in the inauguration of a new creation, in the setting of the garden of an empty tomb, Jesus restores the place of women as He entrusts a woman to be the first witness of the greatest act in all of history. A woman failed in what was entrusted to her (and her husband) in the first garden. But here, in a new garden and a new creation, a woman is entrusted again with what is most precious.

However we want to interpret it, in bringing primary revelation of the resurrection to Mary, Jesus appoints a woman in a place of undeniable authority and dignity as He sends her (the literal definition of being an apostle) to share the news with His disciples. And let us note here that this is no commission to women’s ministry—Mary’s testimony was not only to be shared with women; it was intended to be shared with the men as well (John 20:17).

There is a young lady in our church that has been expressed interest in learning more about women’s roles in the church. Therefore, I have gifted her with a printed copy of the book. I pray it helps her find the answers she is looking for.


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2 comments

  1. I love that quote Barb!
    Such a powerful though;
    “What was lost in a garden was restored in a garden.’ Here, in the inauguration of a new creation, in the setting of the garden of an empty tomb, Jesus restores the place of women as He entrusts a woman to be the first witness of the greatest act in all of history.”
    Thought provoking!
    Blessings, Jennifer

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