I have been discussing with some people the “controversy” of woman in ministry. I put controversy in quotes, because for me the issue is settled. There is no doubt in my mind that women have the blessing of God through scripture, tradition, and communal witness, to exercise their gifts, whatever they may be. This includes being a Pastor, Elder, Bishop, or any other role in the church.
I went to my first all seminary chapel today, and I was pleasantly surprised. The preacher was Erin Default-Hunter–I could sit and listen to her for hours. She is a fine preacher, with good theology, and a great message. If you want to watch it for yourself you will need iTunes and a this link. Her gifting for preaching is evident. She is a reminder for me that there are good female preachers and poor female preachers, just as there are good male preach and poor male preachers.
David Scholer, may he rest in peace, has written excellent reader on the subject–Selected Articles on Hermeneutics and Women and Ministry in the New Testament. If you all know of any other good books on the subject, let me know.