Girl Wrestlers, Blue Parakeets, Talkative Men, and Other Interesting Stuff

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The Spring 2009 issue of the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (JBMW) should be on its way to subscribers’ mailboxes any day, and you’ll want to read it. Here are some highlights.

Tom Schreiner reviews Scot McKnight’s book, The Blue Parakeet. Just picture Sylvester the Cat with a blue feather in his mouth. Pete Schemm at Southeastern Seminary writes about whether women really talk more than men, and thinks there’s something biblical to the Run D.M.C. classic “You Talk Too Much (Homeboy, You Never Shut Up”). I dare you to read the rest of the issue without humming that tune.

Wayne Grudem talks about why he wound up in this whole gender discussion in the first place, and where he sees it going. Grudem also asks why President Obama didn’t use TNIV-style inclusive language in his first address to the Congress, and yet he was understood as speaking to both men and women.

The issue includes some very good reviews by young scholars on the rise, including Owen Strachan and Andrew Naselli (at TEDS), Candi Finch (at Southwestern Seminary), Jason Hall (at Southeastern Seminary), and Micah Carter and Christopher Cowan (at, of course, Southern Seminary).

I also enjoyed (and found myself audibly saying “Amen!” to) a brief essay by John Piper on what dads ought to do if their sons are on wrestling teams and are asked to compete against girls. Hint: the essay is titled, “Over My Dead Body, Son.”

The issue is edited by Boyce College Dean Denny Burk and published by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).