When I was looking recently at the response of the early Church to the needs of the Greek widows (Acts 6), I was impressed with how the Church empowered those in need. What didn’t impress me was how many commentaries (or rather, congregational position statements – do a Google search for ‘deacons’) failed to miss this point altogether, and instead used Acts 6:3 …
Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task. (NRSV)
… to insist that the Church must choose men. Arrgh!
In response, I offer this post from Sojourners’ “God’s Politics” blog that I read today: