Equality and Gender Issues

Was it Adam’s responsibility to relay God’s command to Eve?

December 19th, 2014

Arise, an e-newsletter published by Christians for Biblical Equality (International), has published one of my articles today about whether the first man was given the responsibility to tell the first woman about God’s command not to eat the forbidden fruit. You can read the article online through the link provided. Continue reading»

A Sympathetic Look at Bathsheba

December 2nd, 2014

Bathsheba is described as a seductress by some, and as a conniving political opportunist by others, but I do not believe either of these descriptions match with how she is portrayed in Scripture. In this article I present a more sympathetic view of Bathsheba, and I aim to highlight, without imaginative or salacious embellishments, how the Scriptures depict her. Continue reading»

Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea (Part 5)

November 25th, 2014

In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»

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

November 18th, 2014

In part 4 of my series on Phoebe of Cenchrea, 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»

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

November 14th, 2014

We have only two lines about Phoebe in the Bible, but other Early Christian writers have more information about Phoebe, including her role as Paul’s envoy.
Did Paul and Phoebe travel to Spain? Did Phoebe deliver Paul’s letter to the Romans? Continue reading»

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»

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