Equality and Gender Issues

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»

“Workers at home” or “keepers at home” in Titus 2:5?

September 23rd, 2014

In Titus 2:5, a verse about young wives, there is a word which is usually translated as “workers at home”, but the King James Bible has “keepers at home”. Which is the correct phrase? And is anything special meant by “keepers at home”? Continue reading»

The prominence of women in the cultic life of Ephesus

September 20th, 2014

Many people believe that the instructions about women in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 should be interpreted with the understanding that women in Ephesus enjoyed a higher status and prominence than many other women in the first century Greco-Roman world. This article briefly looks at evidence that some Ephesian women held the position of high-priestess (and other offices) in pagan cults. And it looks briefly at whether the culture of prominent women in the cults encouraged Christian women to behave inappropriately in the Christian community of Ephesus. Continue reading»

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