Let me start off by saying this may be a controversial subject, and I hope this thread will not turn into an argument or anything to that effect. I wish to strike up a good discussion on the topic. Mods, if this is in the wrong place, by all means correct me .
Having aired my disclaimer, let me start with this. I held the long-time belief that the ministry was for men, and followed along with others by quoting 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6, and other places in scripture that basically seem to tell us only men are fit for "preaching."
However, today as I prepare for Easter by reading up on the resurrection, I found something interesting that never seemed that interesting before. In Mark and John's Gospels, Jesus appears after the resurrection first to Mary Magdalene. Now while this may seem innocuous enough to some, it struck a chord in me. It seems to me that if Jesus held a woman in high enough esteem to appear first to her, then perhaps the later views by Paul (in his letters to Timotheus and Titus) are a bit misplaced?
I'm curious to hear (or read I suppose) the thoughts of others on this matter.
(Let it be known that I am not sexist, and I see nothing wrong with a woman serving as a pastor.)