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Equality and Gender Issues

Women’s Hair in Corinth and in Sydney

June 5th, 2017

Was Paul concerned about women’s hair or veils in ancient Corinth?
Would he be concerned about it in 21st-century Sydney?
I wrote this piece in response to the recent Equip 17 women’s conference. Continue reading»

Is a Gender Hierarchy Implicit in the Creation Narrative of Genesis 2:4–25?

May 9th, 2017

Here’s a paper I presented back in September 2015. The paper was published in a book, The Gender Conversation, in 2016. Just recently, the book has been made available as an affordable e-book. Continue reading»

“Paul and Gender” by Cynthia Westfall

May 2nd, 2017

Here’s a short review–more a recommendation–of Cynthia Westfall’s superb new book, “Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ”, published by Baker Academic. Continue reading»

Wealthy Women in the First-Century Roman World and in the Church

April 19th, 2017

Not all first-century women fit the stereotype of being hidden and housebound. In this discussion I look at how wealthy women were influential and prominent in society and in the church. Continue reading»

Complementarians Single Out Single Women

April 2nd, 2017

Complementarians keep saying that men and women are equal in Christ, but the finer points of their beliefs and practices reveal something different, especially if you’re a single woman. Continue reading»

Adam was created first, and this means . . .

March 3rd, 2017

Does the Genesis story that Adam was created first mean that men have a greater authority than women? The concept of primogeniture does have a place in the community of Jesus’ followers, but not in the way that some suggest it does. Continue reading»

Gender Roles Rooted in Creation?

February 25th, 2017

Complementarians believe Paul teaches that men have a God-given authority over women. They believe this teaching is grounded in creation and is therefore timeless and universal in application. Cynthia Westfall exposes the faults in this thinking. Continue reading»

Video Series: Should Women Teach in Church?

February 18th, 2017

Tired of reading? Here are four short clever videos which look at 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14 and intelligently discuss whether women can teach in church. Continue reading»

Podcast with Ashley Easter and Charlie Olivia Grantham

February 9th, 2017

Last Monday I chatted with Ashley Easter and Charlie Olivia Grantham about Ephesians 5 and a little bit about my marriage. Here are links to a 16-minute podcast of our conversation. Continue reading»

The Anonymous Man and Woman in 1 Timothy 2:11-15

February 4th, 2017

In this article, I look at the language of 1 Timothy 2:12 and discuss the possibility that this verse concerns an anonymous couple in the Ephesian church, rather than men and women more generally. Continue reading»

Were there women elders in New Testament churches? (Part 2)

January 20th, 2017

In this article I look at the NT verse which mentions women elders and compare it with other verses. I also look at elders, men and women, in early Judaism. My claim is that the “older women” in 1 Timothy 5:2 may well have been more than just “older women”. Continue reading»

Were there women elders in New Testament churches?

January 9th, 2017

Three times this past week I’ve been in online conversations where a person has stated that women were not leaders or elders in early churches. Was this really the case? Continue reading»

Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

December 29th, 2016

Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia were Christian ministers who sometimes travelled. The NT shows that, at the very least, their paths crossed one or twice. Did these women become friends? I hope so. Continue reading»

Is it he, she, they or we who crush the serpent’s head? (Genesis 3:15)

December 20th, 2016

I’ve been using the Common English Bible and was surprised to read God say to the snake, “They will strike your head.” Other translations of Genesis 3:15 have he, she or it will strike… What is the correct understanding of who will attack the serpent (i.e. the devil)? Is it us? Continue reading»

The Queen of Sheba and 3 other Powerful Female Rulers in the Bible

November 15th, 2016

There were powerful women in Bible times. Some were godly, others were not. But nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God did not approve of these women leaders because they were female.

This article looks especially at the queen of the South (mentioned in the Old Testament and the gospels) and Bernice (mentioned in the book of Acts). Continue reading»

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