It’s International Women’s Day 2021. To celebrate, I’ve collated some recent and past podcasts concerning salient issues on women in ministry, (un)biblical manhood and womanhood, justice for women, and important books by women scholars. This list is far from being exhaustive and I had to limit them to those I listened to, and so I’m sure I missed some great podcasts out there. But here are some I found personally challenging and very helpful:
Two cities podcast has quite a few excellent interviews with women authors and scholars, including: Beth Allison Barr on The Making of Biblical Womanhood, Kristen Kobes Du Mez on Jesus and John Wayne, Cynthia Long Westfall on Gender in 1 Timothy, Beverly Gaventa on Gender in Romans, Madison Pierce on Gender and Trinity, Lynn Cohick on Women in the Patristic Era, and Michelle Lee-Barnwell on Neither Complementarianism Nor Egalitarianism.
I happily discovered (A)Millennial’s podcast and you can hear Kristen Kobes Du Mez give a prophetic challenge to the church as she and the host Amy Mantravadi talk about the former’s very important book Jesus and John Wayne. One church historian called it the most important work on evangelical Christianity in this century.
OnScript podcast also has interviews with Lucy Peppiatt about Paul on Women’s Subordination in 1 Cor 11, Wil Gafney on Womanist Midrash, Erin Heim with Dru Johnson on #Metoo Movement (Part 1 and Part 2), and Nyasha Junior on An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation.
The Think Biblically podcast is one of many others who have interviewed attorney and sexual abuse advocate Rachael Denhollander on her important book What Is a Girl Worth? (click for the podcast). I appreciate engaging conversation from a Christian perspective here on Thinking Biblically though she has interviewed with NPR and other national news outlets.
The London Lyceum podcast interviews Aimee Byrd on a book published last year Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In many ways it anticipates the latter publications Jesus and John Wayne and The Making of Biblical Womanhood.
And going into its second season, the Reclaim podcast has bee producing almost weekly episodes since the start of February. This one by Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director of Christians for Social Action, discusses Justice for Women and from the perspective of Asian Americans.
I’m sure there is more great programming in podcast land but given our current climate in 2021, I think these books and discussions are some of the most important. Be challenged. Be blessed. MJL