The Tiny Blond Bible Teacher Taking on the Evangelical Political Machine

"Beth Moore grew her flock by teaching scripture to women—and being deferential to men. Now her outspokenness on sexism could cost her everything." - Atlantic

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Bert Perry's picture

....and almost on cue, Paige Patterson returns to the pulpit, and in his message, describes a woman he says he led to Christ in quite unflattering terms.  I think it's safe to say he hasn't learned much from the events that removed him from SWBTS.   Yes, Jonathan Merritt has his axe to grind, but keep in mind he's quoting here.

If you wonder why Moore, with whatever virtues and faults she otherwise has, is speaking up, read it again.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

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I find the title ("tiny blonde ...") to be objectifying and condescending. In fact, I've been triggered by this macro-aggression. I'm gonna flee now, and write a social media post about all the pain and hurt I'm experiencing as a result of this headline.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

TylerR's picture

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I know very little about Beth Moore. I know many conservative evangelicals openly mock and malign her on Twitter. What I've seen of her social media posts shows she appears to not be very well-educated theologically, but I could be wrong.

I looked at a bible study she published on Esther, and it was bad. The standard "Esther was a good girl and role model for little girls" line you often hear in children's Sunday School. I wasn't impressed. If you want your socks knocked off, consider John Whitcomb's volume on Esther (Everyman's Bible Commentary). He believed Esther was a borderline unbeliever and viewed her negatively. So did Jobes. I agree. I had great fun preaching through Esther and destroying the "Eshter = good girl" myth.

So, what about Beth Moore? Who knows. I don't have the time or interest to look into it much. Only so much time in the day!

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Jim Welch's picture

The article is good.  Beth did what many believers did in the last election.  She refused to let then candidate Trump's past comments and actions towards women take a pass.  She confronted his sin.  Good for her.

  I was asked, as the pastor of VBC, to review Beth's teaching for our ladies Bible study.  (Some 16 years ago).  In my opinion the first study that I observed was solid and beneficial.  The second study, not so much.  My problem with Beth's ministry is that she had become an  ecumenical trumpet.  So we stopped using Beth Moore.