Men and Women in the Church
by Rick Shrader
This is a 2021 book by Kevin DeYoung on the role of male and female at home and at church. DeYoung is a traditional complementarian who believes in the leadership of men with the obligation of husbands to love their wives and the followership of wives with the obligation to be submissive. He says, “So what is this book about? In simplest terms, this books is about the divinely designed complementarity of men and women as it applies to life in general and especially to ministry in the church” (p. 15). Also, “If you are among those who are looking for an introductory and non-angsty walk through the requisite biblical texts on men and women in the church, with an eye toward clarification and application, then this might be the book for you” (p. 16). Noteable things covered in the book are: the biblical difference between being made male or female; what “headship” means biblically; how physical appearance should say male or female; a great chapter on what biblical slavery was all about and not about; and why it is important to teach boys and girls to understand that they are boys and girls. DeYoung’s one appendix is given to answering John Dickson’s book, Hearing Her Voice: A Biblical Invitation for Women to Preach. Dickson sees “teaching” in a very narrow light of only transmitting the words of Scripture but not in proclaiming or exhorting. DeYoung does a good job of debunking that thinking. This is a timely book needed for today.