By way of introduction, Brian started a thread on his blog entitled, Young Women and the Church. During discussion in the comments, another reader asked me to clarify something I had said.

Brance what does this even mean?
He is just for men being men, and women being women.

What does it mean for men to be men? This seems to me a bit stereotypicalized. Is a man a man when he drinks beers, plays football, and lifts weights?

This entire discussion started in response to a video of Mark Driscoll speaking about the “chickification” of the church. Some people where upset by that, and thought Mark was belittling women. I disagreed and stated that he just wanted men to be men and women to be women. Hence the question.

What he’s really asking though, is a multi-part question that goes like this.

Is there a God ordained difference between men and women? (other than the obvious anatomical differences)

If the answer to that question is yes, then the following questions arise.

Is one better than the other?

What does it mean to be a man?

What does it mean to be a woman?

What is the God ordained role of men?

What is the God ordained role of women?

And specific to Brian’s original post, what do those roles look like in the church?

I’m going to take these questions one at a time in a series of upcoming posts. This is a topic of importance in today’s world, where gender lines are often blurred. As a youth pastor, it’s important to understand the answers to these questions as we seek to shepherd young people into the adult stage of their lives. These young people are looking for answers and if they don’t get them from us, they’ll get them from the world…