Odds & Ends -- By: Anonymous
JBMW 18:1 (Spring 2013) p. 4
Odds & Ends
Welcome To Owen Strachan As New Executive Director Of CBMW
In January of 2013, Owen Strachan was named executive director of CBMW. Strachan is a theology professor at Boyce College of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been deeply invested in the cause of biblical manhood and womanhood over the years and is already providing visionary leadership for the organization. After his appointment, Strachan released a statement on cbmw.org, and here is an excerpt of what he said:
We will undertake this work with charity, good cheer, and optimism. Even as we debate issues with fellow evangelicals, we intend to exemplify a godly and gracious spirit. We have no reason for defensiveness, after all; we believe God’s Word is perspicacious, and we are grateful for that. I am personally friends with a number of believers who differ with me on the issues at hand. This is good for me, and I hope for them; I want to persist and indeed to grow in such friendship.
I once heard D. A. Carson say that he was merely, in view of God’s grandeur, an “unprofitable servant.” That stuck with me, as with so many things Carson said and did. That’s all I am: an unprofitable servant. That’s all any of us are. But I am asking a great God to work through CBMW, an organization he has used to tremendous effect in the past, because if we are to know health, God is the one who must give it.
– Denny Burk
When It Costs To Be Complementarian
World magazine reported last November about Daniel Harman, the leader of the University of Louisville chapter of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade). Cru relieved Harman of his duties because of his complementarian approach to campus ministry. He has been with Cru for 11 years, 8 of which were on the mission field in Eastern Europe. Since 2009, he’s been directing the ministry on the University of Louisville’s campus. His complementarian views were no problem overseas, but they became more of an issue since he returned to America. It all came to a head recently when the leadership of Cru learned that he was not allowing female leaders to teach men in Cru weekly meetings. Thomas Kidd reports for World:
This fall, however, one of Louisville’s female Cru staff members asked Harman for clarification about whether women could teach the Bible in mixed-gender Cru meetings, and Harman said they could not. The exchange came to the attention of regional Cru officials, who met with Harman and reiterated Cru’s policy of “men and women leading together.” They gave Harman three weeks to reconsider his position, and said that if he remained “dogmatic” about the issue, he could no longer serve as Missional Team Leader. Harman decided that he would not...
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