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Church History

(4) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 18th, 2014

In part 4 I look at the deacons in the Philippian church, and at the development of church offices in the apostolic and post-apostolic church. Continue reading»

(3) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 14th, 2014

We have only two lines about Phoebe in the Bible, but Theodoret of Cyrrhus has more information about her, including her role as Paul’s envoy. Did Phoebe travel to Spain with Paul? Did she deliver his letter to the Romans? Continue reading»

The First Century Church & the Ministry of Women

October 8th, 2014

It is helpful to have some insight into the values and customs of the first Christians, and some appreciation of how they organised their meetings and ministries, if we are to have a better understanding of the setting, context, and meaning of the New Testament letters. In this article I provide a brief overview of church life in the first century, and I highlight the ministry contributions of women. Continue reading»

What was the ‘job description’ of Jesus’ apostles?

August 29th, 2014

One subject that I keep mulling over is what it means to be a leader and have authority in the church. Did Jesus commission his first disciples to be church leaders? What was their job description? Continue reading»

Apostles in the New Testament Church

July 20th, 2014

In this article I look at the men and women who were apostles in the New Testament church, and at their qualifications. I also look at what they did as apostles. Continue reading»

Female Martyrs and their Ministry in the Early Church

May 2nd, 2014

A post about female martyrs in the early church, including Blandina and Perpetua: “those who have conformed themselves to Christ, even in death.” Continue reading»

The “Feminization” of the Church

March 7th, 2014

Kristen Rosser has written an excellent article on the so-called “feminization” of the church, and how we can address this issue. With her permission, I have reblogged it here. Continue reading»

3 views on the ministry of the Seven in Acts 6

February 4th, 2014

What was the ministry of the seven men in Acts 6? This article looks at possible ministries for the Seven including what John Collins has discovered by tracking Luke’s use of the word “diakonia” in the book of Acts. Continue reading»

7 things you may not know about the King James Bible

December 18th, 2013

The King James Version is a great English translation, but is it the best?
This article looks briefly at 7 issues surrounding the translation of the KJV. Continue reading»

Barbara Aland and the Nestle-Aland Greek NT

December 11th, 2013

Most modern translations of the New Testament rely on the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament. One of the small group editors of 27th edition of this Greek New Testament is scholar Barbara Aland. This article provides a brief history of the Nestle-Aland text and a brief biography of Barbara Aland. Continue reading»

Gender Equality in Second Clement

December 3rd, 2013

In Second Clement (written around 150 AD) the author indicates that authenticity, transparency, and gender equality in the church are necessary for God’s kingdom to come. What do you make of it? Continue reading»

Philip’s Prophesying Daughters

November 24th, 2013

We tend to underestimate the ministry of Philip’s four daughters; the early church writers didn’t make that mistake. They recognised them as prophets and associated them with apostles and bishops. Continue reading»

Mutual Submission in Clement’s First Letter

October 6th, 2013

In this post I show how Clement used the word kephalē (head) in his letter, in the context of mutual submission, and I show how he regarded women. I briefly compare these points with Paul’s use of kephalē and how Paul regarded women. [1200 words] Continue reading»

The Passover Meal, the Seder, and the Eucharist

June 29th, 2013

This article looks at the Passover meal and its origins recorded in Exodus 12, as well as the Seder of early Judaism and the Eucharist of early Christianity. Continue reading»

The Septuagint

May 25th, 2013

This article looks at the Septuagint, the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and gives possible answers as to when, where and why it was produced, and by whom. Continue reading»

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