Equality and Gender Issues

Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

August 18th, 2014

Here is a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on so-called ‘biblical womanhood’. In this article Jenny Rae Armstrong writes that “the privileged frivolities of Western homemaking” have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus. Continue reading»

5 questions about Adam’s role in Genesis 2 and 3

August 11th, 2014

In this post I have a go at answering these five questions about Adam’s prominence in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis:
1. Did God call the man only in Genesis 3:9?
2. Is it significant that God spoke to the man first in Genesis 3:9-12?
3. Did God drive the woman out of Eden too in Genesis 3:23-24?
4. Was it Adam’s responsibility to convey God’s command to the woman (Gen. 2:16-17)?
5. Does Adam’s task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20 suggest that he had more authority than the woman? Or even authority over the woman? Continue reading»

Using Logos Bible Software

August 8th, 2014

I’m new to using Logos Bible Software. The first lot of books that have been “unlocked” for me is a well-chosen collection of seven books published by Baker Books called “Women in the Church Collection”. Take a look. Continue reading»

Kenegdo: Is the woman in Genesis 2 subordinate, suitable, or similar to the man?

August 1st, 2014

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the expression “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Does it mean that God made the first woman to be a subordinate help? A suitable help? Or a similar help?

In this article I look at the meaning and grammar of the Hebrew word “kenegdo”, and at the way it is translated in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament. 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»

Egalitarian Books and Resources on Marriage

July 14th, 2014

Here are ten books, or resources, on Christian marriage that are suitable for engaged couples, married couples, marriage counselors and coaches, and pastors. They all have an egalitarian, or mutualist, perspective.

Do you have experience with these resources? Are there others that should be added to this list? Continue reading»

Separate Spheres and Distinct Roles in the Trinity and in Marriage? (John 5:18-30)

July 10th, 2014

Many Christians believe that the Trinity is a model for marriage. These Christians also believe that God has designed men and women to have different roles and operate in different “spheres”. Does the Trinity model or demonstrate these differences? Continue reading»

The Consensus and Context of 1 Timothy 2:12

July 2nd, 2014

Here are my notes from a talk I gave on the 28th of June 2014 at a public meeting hosted by the Sydney chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Continue reading»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

June 23rd, 2014

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before: all the women (except for one) had something in common. Continue reading»

How to Keep Friends and Influence People

June 21st, 2014

I’ve been asked several times for advice about how to maintain good relationships with Christian family and friends who hold to different and even opposing views on so-called “gender roles”. Here are a few things I’ve learnt through having many discussions with people, in real life and online, on issues to do with the “roles” of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry. Continue reading»

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