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John G. Stackhouse Jr.

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Until 2015, John Stackhouse held the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture at Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies affiliated with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In September of that year, he took the Samuel J. Mikolaski Chair of Religious Studies at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he also serves as Dean of Faculty Development.

A graduate of Queen's University (BA, first class), Wheaton College Graduate School (MA, summa cum laude), and The University of Chicago (PhD), he taught European history at Northwestern College (Iowa) before returning to Canada in 1990. For eight years he taught in the department of religion of the University of Manitoba, dep
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John G. Stackhouse Jr. I have not been in leadership in a church that was patriarchal for a long time. But I have generally agreed with leaders in churches with whom we have…moreI have not been in leadership in a church that was patriarchal for a long time. But I have generally agreed with leaders in churches with whom we have worshiped that I would not publicly teach (e.g., from the pulpit, in seminars, in Sunday School) against the teaching of that church, whatever my private disagreements might be. And that's been fine with them...so far...(less)
John G. Stackhouse Jr. My approach in this book is to take seriously the theological claims of complementarians. I believe many of them today, as in the history of the churc…moreMy approach in this book is to take seriously the theological claims of complementarians. I believe many of them today, as in the history of the church, to be godly and intelligent people doing their best to understand the complex data of gender. And I believe many of them are following good theological methods to their conclusions.

I do think, however, that the method I recommend in the book is better than the complementarian--and egalitarian!--methods I have encountered before, and thus the argument is better, too. That's why I bothered to write this book!(less)
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I’ve had reason recently to consider patterns of Christian leadership among evangelicals around the world. And among fast-growing churches, a paradigm emerges: If you succeed in this marketplace, you’ll have great clothes, fine cars, big houses, and high status. From … Continued
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“When society was patriarchal, as it was in the New Testament context and as it has been everywhere in the world except in modern society in our day, the church avoided scandal by going along with it - fundamentally evil as patriarchy was and is. Now, however, that modern society is at least officially egalitarian, the scandal is that the church is NOT going along with society, not rejoicing in the unprecedented freedom to let women and men serve according to gift and call without an arbitrary gender line. This scandal impedes both the evangelism of others and the edification - the retention and development of faith - of those already converted.”
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“Beyond the family or particular Christian tradition, how much effort do we make to consider what the Mennonites or the Episcopalians, the Baptists or the Pentecostals, the Methodists or the Presbyterians have to say to the rest of us out of their DIFFERENCES, as well as out of the affirmation in common with other Christians? As I suggested earlier, our patterns of ecumenicity tend to bracket out our differences rather than to celebrate and capitalize upon them. Finding common ground has been the necessary first step in ecumenical relations and activity. But the next step is to acknowledge and enjoy what God has done elsewhere in the Body of Christ. And if at the congregational level we are willing to say, 'I can't do everything myself, for I am an ear: I must consult with a hand or an eye on this matter,' I suggest that we do the same among whole traditions. If we do not regularly and programmatically consult with each other, we are tacitly claiming that we have no need of each other, and that all the truth, beauty, and goodness we need has been vouchsafed to us by God already. Not only is such an attitude problematic in terms of our flourishing, as I have asserted, but in this context now we must recognize how useless a picture this presents to the rest of society. Baptists, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics failing to celebrate diversity provide no positive examples to societies trying to understand how to celebrate diversity on larger scales.”
John G. Stackhouse Jr., Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World

“Everything. Everywhere. Every moment. That is the scope of God's call on our lives, and that is the dignity our lives enjoy.”
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