[...] what evangelical "complementarians" are missing is the fact that the shared authority and ministry of men and women were embraced in egalitarian ways in the work of the apostlesand in the writings and ministry of the earlyevangelicals of the 1700s. Because early evangelicals believed that conversion marks the clearest division in life, they included all believers in the work of evangelism, even if it meant challenging social taboos by giving women and slaves new positions of leadership and freedom.
Empowered by God Mimi Haddad Sojourners Magazine; Aug 2009; 38, 8; Docstoc pg. 28 Reproduced with permission of the
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