This is not the same as the other threads, because I want to describe what happened to us this weekend and get some feedback on it from the folks here, please. So, please, read through the whole post... Barry and I usually speak on his work as a team. Because his work supports a reading of Genesis 1-11 as real history, Bible is definitely involved in our presentations to church groups. We have made this presentation to a number of churches and Bible colleges and the fact of our teamwork has not only not been criticized, but we have received a number of letters, emails, comments, etc., that our relationship as we worked together was as much of a testimony to God in our lives as anything we ever said. This past weekend, we were the only speakers at a retreat for a church at Lake Tahoe. Barry's presentations were scheduled for 7:30 on Friday evening, 2.5 hours between breakfast and lunch on Saturday, 7:30 Saturday evening, and then the sermon on Sunday morning. First of all, that's a heavy schedule when presenting different speeches each time. Secondly, I have often been his 'interpreter' for lay audiences, putting some of his science into simple lay terms and pictures. He is right there, standing next to me, to correct me if I get something wrong. And yes, that has happened...grin. Very often, I will open the particular hour with a ten or fifteen minute introduction which reviews the part of the Bible we are discussing, some of what we have discovered in this area, and leading up to Barry's main presentation. Twice this past weekend I was asked to "interpret into stupid" some of his work and spent a little time at the beginning of the following lecture attempting to do that. I also help out with the question and answer sessions which follow. Friday night seemed to go quite well, as we introduced reasons Genesis 1 could be believed to be actual truth. Saturday morning was the difficult time, as there was only a few minutes break between the two halves of the long presentation, and, noticing that Barry was wearing down a bit toward the end, I stepped in a bit more than I usually do (we had driven about 8 hours to get to the conference and needed to drive home Sunday after the service, eight hours again). After the Saturday morning presentation (Genesis 2-8), the 'assistant administrator' of the church and his wife informed us that they were extremely uncomfortable with me 'teaching', as the Bible forbid it. They didn't mind me 'teaching' the science, but I should not be reading Bible when men were in the room, or explaining anything theological in mixed company, etc. We were a bit stunned, for I was certainly not only under my husband's authority, but he was maybe two feet away from me during my parts (we work off of the lecture notes that Barry has prepared) and only when there were slides (his slides) to be used during my part would he be sitting down changing them on the overheads. This couple didn't just mention their distress about me being up there, they emphasized it. Barry asked me to go back to our room, and I did, and he confronted the other man, saying I was doing exactly what he asked me to do, that the material was his, and that we were in full agreement regarding anything I presented. He told the man to choose: either we continued or we drove home at that time. I was rather stunned to know Barry had given them that choice. The pastor came to talk to us and while he softened the rhetoric a bit, the point was still the same. I, as a woman, was not to present anything biblical to a mixed group. Barry and I prayed about it and the clear message from the Lord was to stay and continue, because there were more people there than those three, even if they were at the head of the church (there were maybe 80-100 people there). So we continued and I modified my role a little to avoid problems. Still, I was there for some and for questions and answers. Sunday, after Barry had given the sermon and then we both were available for questions and answers regarding his material, a number of the people came up to us (as they had, actually, after every presentation) and thanked us very much for being there. One woman was in tears, telling us words were not enough. Others seemed unwilling to let us go. I'm so glad we stayed. So that is what happened. Now, here are some of our thoughts on this matter of women teaching. 1. An actual teacher has authority over his/her pupils. They can be put out of the class; they are tested; they pass or fail, etc. I had no authority over anyone and I was, in fact, under the authority of not only my husband, but the pastor of that church at that time. He had previously agreed with us that my presenting with Barry would not be a problem. 2. The Bible does not say WHAT a woman is not to teach. (Can a woman not teach cooking to a man?) Is she not to teach anything, if you take that part of that sentence in 1 Timothy in the way the three people at the conference did? 3. Consider the many men who preach Mary Baker Eddy's material. Because they consider her an authority, it is therefore a woman's 'teaching.' Does this not hold if I present my husband's material that it is therefore a man's 'teaching'? 4. What amused us was that it was fine for Barry to present the results of my research (which is part of one of the lectures), but, somehow, not OK for me to present the results of his....at least if the Bible was involved! Barry has checked this post and asked me to add a couple of things, which I did. We are both interested in feedback here. We both feel that my working with him as a team in no way violates Scripture, as I am not taking any authority, but simply acting as a mouthpiece for him at different times, and he is right there with me. I am under his complete authority and headship, there, in the home, in all aspects of our life. Thank you.