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Equality and Gender Issues

1 Timothy 2:13: Another reason 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

August 6th, 2016

Is 1 Timothy 2:13 “For Adam was formed first and the Eve” a reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Does the created order really disqualify women from teaching and leading men? Continue reading»

6 reasons 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

August 3rd, 2016

Taking 1 Timothy 2:12 at face value, with no understanding of the Greek or the verse’s context, can lead to a flawed interpretation. This post looks at six factors which must be considered when interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. Continue reading»

Two Brave Women in 2 Samuel 17

June 28th, 2016

This post is about two unnamed women mentioned in 2 Samuel 17 who each risked their lives to help King David’s–and God’s–cause. Continue reading»

The Samaritan Woman of Sychar (John 4)

June 10th, 2016

Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene, and the Samaritan woman have often been portrayed as immoral. What’s with that? This article looks at the Samaritan woman without negative prejudices. Continue reading»

The Roman woman who instructed her husband in the Faith

June 9th, 2016

Here are a couple of lines from the Acts of Peter about Candida, a Roman woman who instructed her husband in the faith sometime around 60 AD. Continue reading»

Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

May 24th, 2016

Churches which misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did Jesus teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue, from scripture, that he didn’t Continue reading»

God on Divorce (Malachi 2:16)

May 21st, 2016

Traditional translations of Malachi 2:16 are misleading. Here are some better translations that faithfully reflect the Hebrew grammar, and do not have God saying, “I hate divorce.” Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12, the created order, and Bible men who were guided by godly women

May 4th, 2016

Does the created order of man first, woman second, signify a timeless principle that only men can teach and have authority. Is the created order the reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2016

This is the second part of a two-part series which looks at the women in the church at Smyrna in the post-apostolic period. This article focuses on Gavia. Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 1)

April 21st, 2016

In Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers (late 1st and early 2nd centuries) we discover that women were active in ministry in the church at Smyrna. Part 1 looks at Alke (or Alce) of Smyrna. Continue reading»

Quotations to share on social media #2

April 12th, 2016

Here are three more quotations from New Life to share on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, etc. Plus links to related articles. Continue reading»

Quotations to share on social media #1

April 10th, 2016

Here are three quotations ready to be shared on social media, along with hashtags you may want to use, plus links to articles which give information about the quotations. Continue reading»

Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy

March 30th, 2016

In this terrific article, Michael Jensen (a Sydney Anglican minister) notes that there are different forms of feminism, and that feminism is not necessarily against Christian principles. He writes: “a Christian point of view has more in common with feminism than not.” Continue reading»

Women and Theology: Jesus said to her . . .

March 27th, 2016

Jesus talked about theology with women—a life-giving, vital theology. He answered their theological questions which answered their deepest needs. And he equipped them to talk about theology to others. Continue reading»

Do women have a special obligation to be helpers?

March 9th, 2016

Does “a suitable helper for him” in Genesis 2:18 & 20 speak about a defining gender role for women? Does the Bible teach that all women are the auxiliaries, or helpers, of men? Continue reading»

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