Additional Resources for Mutual Submission

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

To wrap up our weeklong series, “Submit One To Another: Christ and the Household Codes,” I wanted to share some additional resources that might prove helpful as you continue to explore this topic on your own, with your family, or with your church group. (There was just one post I didn’t get around to writing this week—one about decision-making in a marriage of mutual submission—so look for that sometime next week.) I’m especially interested in your feedback after this post, as Christian marriage books based on mutual submission can be hard to come by. This list is based on my own reading and also the top recommendations from readers on Facebook and Twitter. If you have a favorite you don’t see, feel free to add it. 

Also, if you contributed to the synchroblog, please leave a link in the comment section here! That way they are all in one place and we can enjoy them together. I’ll be travelling this weekend, so I’m not sure I’ll have time to include my favorites in Sunday Superlatives, but keep an eye out. 

Thanks so much for your participation in the series! I learned SO MUCH from your blog posts, questions, and comments. Hope to keep the conversation going….

Submit One To Another Series:

4 Interpretive Pitfalls Around the New Testament Household Codes

The Letter to Nympha’s Church

Aristotle vs. Jesus: What Makes the New Testament Household Codes Different

“The Grace of Good Love"' - A Guest Post from Sarah Bessey

Subordination in the Trinity? – A Guest Post from Zack Hunt 

Marriage Books

Families Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame by Jeff VanVonderen 

Bound and Determined: Christian Men and Women in Partnership by Jeanene Reese

Heirs Together: Applying the Biblical Principle of Mutual Submission in Your Marriage by Patricia Gundry

As For Me and My House: Crafting Your Marriage to Last by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Online Resources 

Christians for Biblical Equality 

 The Cultural Context of Ephesians 5:18-6:9 by Gordon D. Fee

Mutuality Series 

Gifted for Leadership

*New* – The Junia Project

Additional Resources 

As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission by Alan G. Padgett

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight

A Woman Called: Piecing Together the Ministry Puzzle by Sara Gaston Barton

Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy edited by Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothius

Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul's Letters by Philip Barton Payne  

The Womens’ Bible Commentary, Expanded Edition, edited by Carol A. Newsom and Sharon H. Ringe 

Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey (available for pre-order)

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (NEW: Free Discussion Guide) 


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