A shift is happening in the complementarian-egalitarian conversation. Last week, Tim Peck, a theologian from Azusa Pacific highlighted Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions in a post, "Three Ways Patriarchy is Bad for Men." I do not know Tim Peck. His highlighting the issue of friendship in complementarian-egalitarian conversation is another sign a shift is taking place among evangelicals.
It's a beautiful thing in this conversation to have the narratives of mothers or wives calling for equality. But the friendship narrative between men and women is still slowly beginning to emerge. Friendship is not an add-on to this conversation. As Kathy Escobar has so accurately said, "The road to equality is paved with friendship." Tim Peck's pointing out the sexualization of friendship is another sign this conversation is shifting. The sexual fear of sexual inevitability prevents many men and women in evangelical social structures from knowing and being known through the vulnerable path of friendship.
A shift is happening in this conversation.