As a man whose “role” in our family is quite atypical of the 1950s Leave-it-to-Beaver scenario — I work from home, I work for myself, I will most likely share childcare duties with my wife, etc. — I was seriously chapped when I first saw Mark Driscoll’s comments on stay-at-home dads. (watch here) I wondered who, if anyone, would stand up and say, “No!” to his narrow-minded, scripturally bankrupt and ultimately misogynist statements.  Honestly, I haven’t heard anything about the statements since they were made a few years ago, until I read Nicole Wick’s response this week.  She does a great job of poking holes in Driscoll’s interpretation of the two (!) scriptures that he uses to justify his judgments of any non-traditional way of arranging a family. She works from her own experience as a working mom whose husband stays at home with the kids. She makes a very, very good argument.

I’d love to see Driscoll engage Wick’s response a little bit — if he’s man enough.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nicole Wick on April 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for your kind words. I really appreciate it 🙂


  2. Posted by Priest on August 7, 2010 at 3:08 am

    the sweet irony is that I listened to Mark D talk about how great his office/study is, conveniently located in his home. Yep–he’s a stay at home dad.


  3. Just watched that video – and I’m amazed! There’s so much I’d love to say right now, man! First of all, I’d love to know what “church discipline” is for those stay at home dads that are going against what he is saying there. I’m going to be one of those stay at home dads after our child is born – but this is the deal – my wife works, and I’m a youth minister, part time. I have an office at the church (next door) and at home. I do end up spending a great deal of my time at home, however, so it just works out that I’ll end up taking care of the baby. I would love to know his opinion on that one. I’m still providing for my family, financially, but I will also be the primary care giver for my child. Oh and how can he sit there and talk about affording day care? He’s a pastor at one of the largest mega-churches in the US – come on!


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