“The question of women delivering sermons in church is a touchy one for many evangelical Christians,” writes John Dickson. “For some it is even a test case of whether someone is an evangelical.” (11)
Yet Dickson plunges into the deep end with his book Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons, a book that stands apart from other such books engaging gender roles in ministry because of what it doesn’t argue as much as for what it does argue.
Instead of arguing for women ordination, Dickson zeros in on the single issue of whether Scripture permits or denies women the opportunity to give sermons.
And he does so by homing in on the single word upon which this debate rises or falls: the Greek word used in 1 Tim. 2:12, didaskō.
Dickson argues that the modern sermon is different from what Paul envisions for “teaching."
That difference makes all the difference when interpreting 1 Tim. 2:12. It also makes all the difference when permitting women to or restricting women from giving sermons.
As Dickson argues, “teaching” and “sermoning” are not the same.