Equality and Gender Issues

My Perspective of Christian Egalitarianism

October 20th, 2014

I’ve come across comments from a few people which indicate that some Christians have a slightly mistaken view of the Christian Egalitarian ideology. So I’ve written this post to briefly explain my perspective of what Christian Egalitarians believe. Continue reading»

The Status of Christian Women, in a Nutshell

October 14th, 2014

A short post on the status of women in Christ and in the Church. Continue reading»

The First Century Church and 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»

Paul and Women, in a Nutshell

October 6th, 2014

Here is a brief overview of all the women mentioned by Paul in his letters, plus Lydia. Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 14:34-35, in a Nutshell

October 5th, 2014

Surprisingly for me, people are still using 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 to silence women in church meetings. Here is my very brief interpretation of these two verses. Continue reading»

“Workers at home” or “keepers at home” in Titus 2:5?

September 23rd, 2014

In Titus 2:5, a verse about young wives, there is a word which is usually translated as “workers at home”, but the King James Bible has “keepers at home”. Which is the correct phrase? And is anything special meant by “keepers at home”? Continue reading»

The prominence of women in the cultic life of Ephesus

September 20th, 2014

Many people believe that the instructions about women in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 should be interpreted with the understanding that women in Ephesus enjoyed a higher status and prominence than many other women in the first century Greco-Roman world. This article briefly looks at evidence that some Ephesian women held the position of high-priestess (and other offices) in pagan cults. And it looks briefly at whether the culture of prominent women in the cults encouraged Christian women to behave inappropriately in the Christian community of Ephesus. Continue reading»

Why masculine pronouns can be misleading in English Bibles and in the Church

September 11th, 2014

Grammatical gender in the original languages of the Bible is a concept that many English speakers find difficult to grasp, and there are many misunderstandings surrounding it. These misunderstandings can adversely influence discussions on God and gender, discussions about the church, and discussions about gender inclusive Bible translations. This post includes a short, entertaining video where Tom Scott explains why we need to use gender inclusive plural pronouns so that we do not imply a gender bias when none is intended. 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 as leaders? What was their job description? Continue reading»

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»

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