I believed, therefore I spoke...

(Tim) Keith Knowlden put a link to this clip up as a comment under "Debates over Women in Leadership." Excellent. Remember what they said about our Lord at the end of His Sermon on the Mount:

When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:28, 29)

This whole trend is a part of the movement of our culture toward feminine cultural ideals. And it's particularly destructive in our communication patterns--what in the past I've called the feminization of discourse. When these patterns infiltrate the Church and men preach as if they were inviting the members of the congregation to share a journey with them, our message has changed and is no longer faithful to the Word of God. But of course, we won't be accused of arrogance, will we?

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You're saying inarticulate, unconfident, unauthoritative implies feminine?

No, but read the literature about the difference between male and female communication patterns and you'll get an idea of what I am saying.

There are lots of different priorities in communication based not only on gender, but on culture, the language you speak, the historical period you lived in. I guess I don't understand how the video is related to women and the "feminization of language."

I don't get it either Brady. However, if I were to apply the video to the discussion here I'd come up with...

Declarative language is the property of males. The hidden assumption then becomes that it is so because only men are capable of definitive knowing, understanding and imparting truth.

Hey Martin, get real.

Martin, that is exactly the assumption.

Tim, excellent response. Very well thought out and reasoned. Good thing we have men like you to set us straight.

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