Since the Reformation, Protestants have confessed that the church is reformed and always reforming.
But do we really believe this?
Why, then, are we so shocked to hear that the church itself needs a sexual reformation? That the church has been fighting to uphold biblical distinction between the sexes against a culture that is rapidly and aggressively challenging this, is certainly one reason. But in trying to be faithful to the beauty of God’s design for man and woman, the church has instead latched onto a pagan, Aristotelian concept of man and woman–that woman is by nature inferior to man–which robs us of the dignity of personhood as man and woman created in the image of God.
Much of the evangelical teaching on the sexes is based on cultural stereotypes and an unbiblical ontology of male authority and female subordination. While some try to correct this, they often flatten the meaningful distinctions in the feminine and masculine gift. We end up missing the beautiful message that our bodies, and our whole selves as men and women, tell: the story of the great joy in which Christ received his gift of his bride, the church. Having taken on flesh, he is bringing her to the holy of holies, ushering her behind the veil, and securing communion with his bridal people in sacred space. He gave himself as the ultimate Gift and he loves us to the end. We see this highlighted in the book placed right in the middle of our Bibles. The Song of Songs enfleshes our hope as it poetically sings the metanarrative of Scripture.
In this book, Aimee Byrd invites you to enter into the Song’s treasures as its lyrics reveal a typology in God’s design of man and woman, one that unfolds throughout the canon of Scripture. The meaning of man and woman extends beyond biology, nature, and culture to give us a glimpse of what is to come. Our bodies are theological. They are visible signs that tell us something about our God. This often-ignored biblical book has much to teach us about Christ, his church, man, and woman. It teaches us the whole point of it all. And what it teaches us is not a list of roles and hierarchy, but a love song. We are ripe for a sexual reformation in the church, and recovering a good theological anthropology is imperative to it. We desperately need to peel away the Aristotelian mindset of man and woman that still pervades much of the teaching on gender and sexuality in the church today.?The Holy Spirit is speaking to us in his Word to bring about a sexual reformation. He invites us to sing an eschatological song. In doing so, we find ourselves in it. We participate in it. We find beauty in it. We persevere by it. It changes us.
“We’re confused by the disagreements, constricted by the “rules,” and seemingly helpless to discern what’s true. This is why Aimee Byrd’s book is so important. Wading through the cultural murkiness, Byrd returns us to the Scriptures with theological rigor.”Jen Pollock Michel, Award-winning author of Surprised by Paradox and Keeping Place
“It would be wonderful if all of us might listen attentively to a sister who is calling all believers—women and men—to grow in their love of Scripture even as she asks us to recognize our blind spots and problematic assumptions.”Kelly Kapic, author of The God Who Gives
“I can’t think of a more countercultural message . . . than a church marked by men and women who trade the fear of adulteryfor the freedom of appropriate sibling friendships. . . . Aimee shows us this better way.Jen Wilkin, Bible Teacher; Author of Women of the Word and None like Him
Aimee Byrd’s plea for a recovery of [coed] friendships in the church…is timely. A provocative but irenic breath of fresh air on a contentious topic…Highly recommended.Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College
Aimee Byrd fearlessly takes on a range of problems that are not often addressed. . . . May all those who need to hear her message give it heed.Kathy Keller, author, Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles
“Women are our most committed resource for doing the work of the kingdom, and they deserve our best thinking and support. . . . Aimee Byrd writes with wit and wisdom, biblical clarity and theological maturity.Liam Goligher, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
In this Scripture-saturated book we are rightly warned of the rigors as well as promised the rewards of holding fast to Christ when we feel the burn and want to give up.Nancy Guthrie, Author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament
What a gem this book is…so full of encouragement and so honest and genuine. . . . Wonderfully practical and readable . . . grounded in good theology.Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
When we think of a ‘housewife’ words like doormat, archaic, and cleaning may come to mind; but what about theologian? In Housewife Theologian, Aimee Byrd turns the word on its head, bringing it back to life and reminding us of the unique opportunity to leverage learning as we serve our families.Trillia Newbell, author, God’s Very Good Idea
With wisdom, warmth, and wit Aimee challenges women to think biblically about all of life. She connects sound doctrine to daily life in a way that inspires us to intentionally live out the gospel.”Susan Hunt, Author and Women’s Ministry Consultant, Christian Education and Publications, Presbyterian Church in America