Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons” as Want to Read:
Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons (Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
This original digital short by scholar and cultural commentator John Dickson presents an entirely new and convincing biblical argument for allowing women to preach freely in churches.
ebook, 45 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Zondervan
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hearing Her Voice, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hearing Her Voice

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Susan Barnes
Nov 27, 2013 Susan Barnes rated it liked it
John Dickson makes the comment in the introduction of his book, Hearing her Voice that there will be those who will be disappointed that his book doesn't go far enough in allowing women to hold leadership positions in all areas of the Christian Church. While others will believe it goes too far in allowing women to preach. I'm in the first of these categories but nevertheless found the book very helpful.

Dickson makes the point that in our context we use the word "teach" in a broader range of ways
Jan 11, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it
John Dickson is a compelling writer. He will be at odds with many in his book that women should be able to give sermons. Dickson, theologically trained at Moore College and an incredible historian is not afraid of taking an opposite view of many of his contemporaries. Thoughtful, provocative and generous in acknowledging others will not agree with him. A gifted writer makes this book easy to read despite its very complex nature. I now look forward to reading the likes of Peter Bolt's and others' ...more
Timothy Goldsmith
Jan 13, 2013 Timothy Goldsmith rated it really liked it
A patient, deliberate, thoughtful & scholarly work (as usual) by John Dickson.
I particularly appreciate the opportunity that this book provides to talk about a subject which is very important, the answer to which is often assumed rather than agonised over.

Here's to many meaningful conversations being born of this work m
Phil Whittall
John Dickson is a minister in Australia and a senior research fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University in Sydney. He describes himself as a 'soft complementarian' and in this short e-book, Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons he makes the case for opening the pulpit to both men & women.

His argument is very simple and very concise but it's also limited. Dickson doesn't discuss leadership and as a result has ample opportunity to offend complementarians by going too far a
Chris Little
Aug 19, 2013 Chris Little rated it liked it
Worth a read, though not entirely convincing.

First, this short work raises the New Testament evidence for varied kinds of public speech in church - including types that are open to men or women. This is very helpful, and I hope it leads to reflection on what is actually happening in our churches.

Secondly, Dickson works to find out what 'teaching' means in the New Testament. His definition - that it's passing on the as-yet-unwritten apostolic teaching - means that there's no modern equivalent of
Nov 16, 2014 Rich rated it really liked it
A stimulating short book that advocates the appropriateness of women delivering sermons in a church setting. The author self-identifies as a "soft complementarian" (though he really dislikes such labels). The argument is simple enough: Paul distinguishes many kinds of verbal deliverances; the modern sermon is wrongly equated with "teaching" whereas it is really more like Paul's categories of "exhortation" or "prophesying." The term "teaching" in the Pastoral Epistles, which includes Paul's inju ...more
Laura McAlister
Mar 26, 2014 Laura McAlister rated it really liked it
John Dickson small book Hearing Her Voice A Case for Women Giving Sermons is a fascinating read on a much discussed issue in Christianity today: can and should women preach?

Dickson's argument is deliberately limited. He's not addressing the question of ordination or leadership or pastoral authority at all - just preaching: can a woman give a sermon in church?His argument is also relatively simple. He argues that the Bible forbids women from teaching but that what goes on in our pulpits isn't pro
James Korsmo
Interesting case for women giving sermons. The book turns on the assertion that "teaching" in 1 Timothy 2 doesn't directly equate to a sermon but is instead a New Testament-era ministry involved in preserving and passing on authoritative traditions. This is an important reading that needs to be reckoned with. It involves a straightforward reading of the text and a wrestling with what the words mean. Others have approached this text by looking at the cultural situation and made more complicated h ...more
Courtney Huskisson
Apr 24, 2016 Courtney Huskisson rated it it was amazing
I'm really appreciate the author's approach to this subject. He doesn't initially come at this emotionally or experientially, but in a logical progression to understand certain texts from Paul.

Dickson researches the texts and takes a close look at the word we translate to "teaching" in the text. He says there is certainly something restricted there, but not likely what we call "teaching" today. This short book is packed with evidence and a well laid out argument. In short the author concludes t
Dec 09, 2014 Tara rated it it was amazing
I can empathise with one of Dickson's opening comments "It took several more years to feel comfortable asking out loud the questions raised here", and with sadness. Dickson writes a refreshingly unbiased, unprejudiced analysis of what the bible has to say about women speaking in church. He has stripped it bare of analogies to no doubt reduce arguments that his critics will no doubt have. Bravo Dickson and here's to some open, welcome and needed conversations to happen.
Amanda Kingston
Jan 26, 2016 Amanda Kingston rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This book is FANTASTIC in making the case for the biblical interpretation of 1 Timothy in why women should be allowed to preach in the modern pulpit. If you are wrestling, questioning, or just curious about this topic, I highly recommend this. It took only an hour and a half to read, super short and worth the time!
Peter Hughes
Jan 06, 2013 Peter Hughes rated it it was ok
As usual from John, a stimulating read. Many I am sure will critique his work on "teaching" but it is his assumptions about modern preaching; equating it with exposition and exhortation that I want more answers from.
Ricci Justis
Ricci Justis rated it it was ok
May 28, 2015
Sam rated it it was ok
Sep 24, 2015
John Scheepers
John Scheepers rated it liked it
Aug 25, 2015
Betty rated it really liked it
Jan 20, 2013
Sarah rated it really liked it
Aug 02, 2016
Annaka rated it liked it
May 05, 2016
Kit Demmocks
Kit Demmocks rated it it was ok
Jun 17, 2014
Katherine rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2014
Alex rated it liked it
Sep 21, 2013
Heather Campbell
Heather Campbell rated it really liked it
Apr 12, 2014
Jez Field
Jez Field rated it it was amazing
Jan 26, 2016
Leslie rated it liked it
Feb 21, 2013
Theron rated it really liked it
Jan 15, 2016
Craig Schwarze
Craig Schwarze rated it really liked it
Jul 12, 2015
Jesse L Richards
Jesse L Richards rated it really liked it
Feb 04, 2014
Gina rated it liked it
Feb 14, 2013
C.c. rated it it was ok
Feb 04, 2016
Mark Powell
Mark Powell rated it it was ok
Jan 01, 2017
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
John focuses on the big ideas that have shaped our world.

His journey is an eclectic one. Starting out as a singer-songwriter, he now works as a writer, speaker, historian of religion (focusing on early Christianity and Judaism), media presenter, Anglican minister, and director of a multi-media think tank.

With an honours degree in theology from Moore Theological College Sydney, and a PhD in history
More about John Dickson...

Other Books in the Series

Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry (3 books)
  • Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry
  • Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry

Share This Book