Excerpt From The Interview
“As I was researching for this booklet, I came across different thoughts about cultural stereotypes with gender. And one of the things I kept coming across was just the notion that parents should not overreact if their kids don’t map neatly onto gender stereotypes.That’s not uncommon at all. And I think we do have to expand our understanding. I mean, it’s perfectly fine for a young woman to like rough and tumble play. It’s perfectly fine for a young boy to be interested in music instead of sports.
If you go back to the Bible, the Bible doesn’t give you a ton of specifics about gender expression, outside of a few roles within the church and then marriage. But David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, is a musician. He’s filled with emotion and then he’s also a warrior king in different regards. I think we need to be careful not to overreact when kids don’t meet stereotypes.”
About Samuel D. Ferguson
Samuel D. Ferguson (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Metro Washington, DC, and author of The Spirit and Relational Anthropology in Paul. Through a decade of pastoral work and extensive research in biblical anthropology, Ferguson seeks to thoughtfully engage modern conversations about gender identity with biblical wisdom.
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