Another Reason I’m A Recovering Baptist

A group of Southern Baptists are divided over a seminary’s decision to dismiss a female faculty member because officials there believe women should not be allowed to teach men in theology programs.

Sheri Klouda received her doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was hired for a tenure-track position in 2002 teaching Hebrew in the theology school. But in 2004, she was told she would not get tenure and should look for another job, a series of events confirmed by Van McClain, chairman of the Southwestern trustees.

Southwestern is taking the “traditional, confessional and biblical position” that women should not teach men in theology or biblical languages, McClain said. That position is based on a Biblical verse in which the Apostle Paul says, “I permit no woman to teach or have authority over a man.”

Klouda’s hiring, McClain said, was a “momentary lax of the parameters” of the seminary.

Klouda said she was told her contract would not be renewed because she is a woman. She is now a professor at Taylor University in Indiana.

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6 Responses to Another Reason I’m A Recovering Baptist

  1. Cajun Pastor says:

    Sherri Klouda was one of my professors at The Criswell College. She's such a nice person, and she did a heck of a job of teaching me Hebrew. This is ridiculous!! I'm so glad I'm no longer affiliated with Southern Baptists.

  2. uncle to niece geeding says:

    such a waste of mental effort, in the presence of a multitude of important religious, spiritual, and social issues to address.

  3. MToots says:

    If we Christians spent more of our energy sharing
    God’s word so the Holy Spirit could bring one into a personal relationship w/ Jesus instead of arguing about who does the sharing (men or women) we would see revival like we really need to see.

  4. moldinasia says:

    and the hits just keep on coming…sheep can be carnivorous.

    i am sure glad we are glorifying the Lord with all this great LOVE we are spreading throughout the world…oh wait…this is yet another story out of Ft. Worth that has nothing to do with love…oh yeah I forgot, we are too busy trying to figure out the “right” way to do that first…and counting how many people are there so we can put that in our “report” on church “growth.”


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