Manhood and Womanhood
God made humanity in his image as both male and female, which reflects the harmony and relationality of the Trinity, supplies the foundation for the different roles and responsibilities of men and women, was reaffirmed in the life of Jesus Christ, and cannot be reinvented or dissolved by new cultural standards.
To be made in the image of God is to be made as sexed and gendered humans, both male and female. This “sexual dimorphism” reflects the diversity and unity within the Trinity and shows us that we are made for each other. As male and female, humans have different roles and responsibilities that are grounded in the creation; he has responsibilities to lead, and she has responsibilities to accept his leadership and partner with him in fulfilling their joint mandate, relations that are most clearly worked out in the relationship of marriage. While sin entered the world by distorting gender differences, Jesus Christ came as a gendered human and opened the way for our genders and relationships to be redeemed. This does not allow for sex and gender to be redefined; rather, we are to live all the more faithfully within our roles and responsibilities indicated by our sex, while sharing equally in the inheritance of Christ from God.
Lauren Chandler paints a beautiful picture of how complementarian marriages can function as husbands and wives flourish alongside each other.
TGC aims to protect the gospel, display the gospel, and release the gospel for human flourishing.
I was repulsed. “Wives, submit to your husbands”? You’ve got to be kidding me.
We live in a world of binaries—man and woman, light and dark, land and sea, salty and sweet—that bring structure, coherence, and irresistible beauty to life.
We need an anthology of real-life examples that question cultural dogmas about gender, biology, society, and personhood.
Any immature man can be a forceful, unheeding, unloving “leader.” Only a true man can be gentle.
Were we to welcome the differences between the sexes, our respective dignity would be heightened, not diminished.
Not dealing with 1 Timothy 2:11–15 in a book on gender roles is like not dealing with Romans 13:1–6 in a book on politics.
It is tragic if a woman feels sidelined to the fringes of church life simply because of her marital status.
This book highlights the need for more writing on positive complementarianism at both a scholarly and popular level.
Jesus shows us what manhood is not by eradicating the role of leadership, but by defining leadership as servanthood.
It’s not a story of autonomy and independence. It’s not even a story of trajectory or reinvention. It’s the old, old story.