Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Equality and Gender Issues

Statements from Prominent Biblical Scholars about Women in Ministry

June 30th, 2015

John Stott, Leon Morris, F.F. Bruce, and many more prominent and well-respected theologians and biblical scholars, can hardly be accused of playing loose with the scriptures, but they all believed that gifted women should be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»

Ephesians 5:22-33, in a Nutshell

June 21st, 2015

In Ephesians 5:22-33 Paul makes several statements about the relationship between husbands and wives, and he presents the relationship between Jesus and his church as a model or example. In what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? Continue reading»

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Ephesians 5:33)?

May 13th, 2015

Some Christians are puzzled over Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:33 where he says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid of their husbands? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

Who was Chloe, a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian woman? Was she a concerned leader of a house church, or a quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

Freebies for Students of the New Testament

April 15th, 2015

I’ve just discovered two free online courses (of videoed lectures). One is presented by Dale Martin of Yale, and the other is presented by Ronald Pierce of Biola University. Bonus: How to use and search Google Books. Continue reading»

Lydia and the ‘Place of Prayer’ at Philippi

April 14th, 2015

What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some Jewish women, including Lydia, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Continue reading»

Count Z and an Egalitarian Revival

April 9th, 2015

In this short article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who once stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Count Zinzendorf founded the (renewed) Moravians who excelled in evangelism and community life. Continue reading»

The Household Codes and Male Slaves with Female Masters

March 31st, 2015

One thing that I have noticed in recent conversations, is that when people think of the “masters” mentioned in the NT household codes, they tend to think of men. Many masters in NT times, however, were women. Continue reading»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature, and 1 Timothy 2:13-14

March 9th, 2015

In this post I provide links to ancient Gnostic works which present Eve in a very different light to that of the Bible. In these texts Eve is sometimes described as Adam’s teacher and as giving life to him in some way. And, unlike 1 Timothy 2:14a, she is rarely, if ever, referred to as a sinner. Do these works help us to better understand Paul’s intent in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? Continue reading»

Adam named Eve because . . .

February 12th, 2015

Andrew Perriman critiques the complementarian notion that Adam naming Eve displays man’s authority over woman. Perriman explains that “naming in Scripture is a way of determining the essential character or identity or purpose of something or someone”, and he gives several examples from Genesis to prove his point. Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 11:9, in a Nutshell

January 26th, 2015

How are we to interpret “man was not created for woman, but woman for man” in 1 Corinthians 11:9? Continue reading»

Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians

January 24th, 2015

In his Church History, Eusebius mentions that, “Ethiopia even to the present day is ruled, according to ancestral custom, by a woman” (2.1.13 cf Acts 8:27). I found this piece of information intriguing and I went on a bit of a search to find out if there is some truth in his statement. As it turned out, there is.
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What did Paul mean by “A wife has no authority of her own body”?

January 7th, 2015

In this short post I look at what Paul meant by “A wife/husband does not have authority of her/his body” in 1 Corinthians 7:4. Continue reading»

Mary Consoles Eve

December 24th, 2014

I love this powerful image of Mary consoling Eve. Just look at their feet! Continue reading»

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

December 19th, 2014

Was the first man given the responsibility of relaying God’s command about the forbidden fruit to the first woman? What does the Bible say? Continue reading»

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