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Equality and Gender Issues

Extra Honour for Underdogs (1 Cor. 12:12-31)

August 31st, 2015

We need to put Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 into practice by honouring all equally (which means giving extra honour to those lacking it) and creating a community where all can contribute their gifts. For Paul, equality leads to unity. Continue reading»

A “Weaker Vessel” and Gender Justice (1 Peter 3:7)

August 12th, 2015

Why did Peter use the phrase “weaker vessel” in 1 Peter 3:7? This article takes into consideration how the word “weak” was used in papyrus legal documents by women seeking justice. Continue reading»

Is Adam solely responsible for the first sin?

August 9th, 2015

Does Romans 5:12-21 teach us that God holds Adam, and not Eve, ultimately responsible and accountable for the first sin? How does Paul use the example of Adam in this passage? Continue reading»

What Eve’s statement to the serpent tells us

August 7th, 2015

Did God give Adam the responsibility of telling Eve the command about the forbidden fruit as some suggest? Eve’s statement to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3 may hold the answer. Continue reading»

Fluid leadership vs rigid gender roles

July 28th, 2015

Some Christians have a faulty notion of gender roles, which is based on an equally faulty notion of leadership. In this tiny post I share two quotes on the nature of leadership. Continue reading»

Complementarianism and Same-Sex Friendships

July 26th, 2015

The complementarian ideology that men are designed to lead, and women are designed to submit to male leadership, has many drawbacks, but in this post I highlight just one of them. Continue reading»

Men, Please stop trying to elevate women

July 7th, 2015

I have come across the concept of men elevating, or raising, women a few times and it has never sat right with me. It has usually sounded condescending and patronising, rather than encouraging and empowering. Now I understand why this concept has irked me. Continue reading»

Prominent Biblical Scholars on 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

According to Ephesians 5:22-33,, in what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? Continue reading»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

June 16th, 2015

More than a century ago, church historian Adolf Harnack was honest and approving in his appraisal of the ministry of certain women named in the New Testament. Continue reading»

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

May 13th, 2015

In Ephesians 5:33 it says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

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

Freebies for Students of the New Testament

April 15th, 2015

Here are links to several New Testament courses of videoed lectures (free and online) presented by top professors and scholars. Plus a tutorial on how to use 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 article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Continue reading»

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