May I share an especially good article by one of the best writers and theologians I know. He says this important information so simply, yet so completely. It is useful for everyone who walks through a church door.
Naming Rights – what’s in it for women and men?
Which of these sounds most natural to you:
- Women and men.
- Girls and boys.
- Ladies and gentlemen.
If you say the last one, you are probably in the majority of English speaking people. The other two are written in the reverse order of their usual appearance, in that we usually hear or read Men and Women or – perhaps not quite as consistently but still predominantly – Boys and Girls. (Don’t get me started on Ladies and Gentlemen; that phrase carries its own baggage we should dump at every opportunity.)
For the sake of God’s people – women and men both – it’s worth coming out of your comfort zone with language about men and women.
Tips for doing that well in church are coming up a bit later in this post. First let’s take a look…
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