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Equality and Gender Issues

Qualified for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

January 31st, 2016

A thorough knowledge of Scripture is an important qualification for many ministries.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, which mentions this qualification, does not exclude women like Priscilla who was a well-qualified woman of God ministering in Ephesus. Continue reading»

Chastity, Salvation, and 1 Timothy 2:15

January 27th, 2016

Are Christian and Gnostic teachings which emphasise celibacy behind Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:15? What does “she will be saved through childbearing” mean? Continue reading»

The Countess of Huntingdon and Gospel Ministry

January 20th, 2016

I love reading about the faith champions of the past. This article looks at Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, who was a tireless and influential Christian leader in Britain in the 1700s. Continue reading»

The Point of Naming the Animals in Genesis 2

January 4th, 2016

The belief that Adam naming the animals is an expression of man’s authority completely misses the point of the naming episode in Genesis 2. Here’s what Dr Martin Shields says about this. Continue reading»

Why 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 are not timeless regulations

December 22nd, 2015

One of the reasons I believe 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 are not timeless regulations is because of a particular word found in both verses. Continue reading»

Theonoe and Myrte: Prophetesses in Corinth

December 15th, 2015

Several ancient Christian documents show that women were prominent ministers in the second century church, including Theonoe and Myrte who were prophetesses in the church at Corinth. Continue reading»

The Problem with Modesty and the Problem of Lust

December 4th, 2015

What do Jesus and Paul say about female modesty and the problem of male lust? Continue reading»

What’s in a Name? Deborah, Woman of Lappidoth

November 28th, 2015

Was Deborah the wife of Lappidoth, or from a town called Lappidoth? Or does “lappidoth” signify something quite different? And where does the name “Deborah” come from? Continue reading»

The Means of Ministry: Gifts, Grace, Faith . . . Gender?

November 22nd, 2015

If Paul had meant for only men to be leaders and teachers, why doesn’t he mention this in his lists of ministries in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:28, and Ephesians 4:11? Continue reading»

At Home with Priscilla and Aquila

November 11th, 2015

What does the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila to Apollos reveal? (Acts 18:18-28). How did others feel about the couple and their ministry? (Romans 16:3-5) Continue reading»

Teshuqah: The Woman’s “Desire” in Genesis 3:16

November 7th, 2015

The Hebrew word teshuqah is rare and obscure, but is usually translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:16: “your desire will be for your husband.” What does this mean? Continue reading»

Five Women of the Reformation You Should Know

October 31st, 2015

In commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31st), I’ve posted a link to an interesting article by classics scholar Valerie Foucachon about five important women of the Reformation. Continue reading»

The importance of using feminine words and images

October 30th, 2015

Four little stories which show why preachers and writers should use feminine words and images if they want to engage and empower women as well as men. Continue reading»

Church cultures that include and exclude women leaders

October 25th, 2015

One reason why some Christians reject the idea that women were leaders in a few New Testament churches is a poor understanding of how the first Christian communities fellowshipped and functioned. Continue reading»

Kenegdo = Equal to Him (Genesis 2:18 & 20)

October 16th, 2015

This brief post looks at the telling way the Hebrew word kenegdo—used in the context of the creation of Eve in Genesis 2:18 & 20—is translated in a respected Afrikaans version of the Bible. Continue reading»

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