Equality and Gender Issues
March 7th, 2014
As a woman I dislike how the word “feminine” is being used as a pejorative term by some in the church. Kristen Rosser has written an excellent article on the phenomenon of the so-called “feminization” of the church, and how to address it. With her permission, I have reblogged it here.
Tags: defining masculinity and femininity, Kristen Rosser
Posted in Church History, Equality and Gender Issues | 5 Comments »
February 27th, 2014
In Jesus’ kingdom the humble are exalted, the lowly are the greatest, and the last are first. This article looks at a few passages of Jesus’ teaching recorded in Matthew’s gospel which show that Jesus promoted the social values of humility and equality.
Tags: Biblical equality, church leadership, incarnation, Matthew
Posted in Christian Living, Equality and Gender Issues | 2 Comments »
February 18th, 2014
In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who hires labourers to work in his vineyard. This parable is designed to show us something about Jesus and his kingdom. One of the messages here is of equality in the kingdom.
Tags: Biblical equality, commentary, Kingdom of Heaven, Matthew
Posted in Equality and Gender Issues, Equality in Ministry | 5 Comments »
February 14th, 2014
What sort of woman was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 9:5? Were they wives of the apostles or ministry colleagues of the apostles? Was their role companionship or teaching Christian doctrine?
Tags: 1 Corinthians, Apostolic Fathers, New Testament Women, Paul and Women
Posted in Equality and Gender Issues, Equality in Ministry, Women in Ministry | No Comments »
January 23rd, 2014
Was Eve alone when the serpent spoke to her? Is Eve solely to be blamed for the downfall of mankind? What does Genesis 3:6 say about this?
In this post I give a summary of Julie Parker’s excellent and important essay entitled “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b” JBL 132, no. 4 (2013).
Tags: Adam and Eve, Bible translations, Gender in Genesis, Genesis 3
Posted in Christian Theology, Equality and Gender Issues | 14 Comments »
January 18th, 2014
This post contains a quotation from Kevin Giles which looks at the language John the Evangelist used to describe the apostolic ministry of certain women. It contains some interesting observations. [500 words]
Tags: apostle, Lydia, Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman, women apostles, Women in the early church
Posted in Equality and Gender Issues, Equality in Ministry | 10 Comments »
January 1st, 2014
It been a good year on this website with over 250,000 page views by visitors from over 200 countries all over globe: from Iceland to Antarctica, and from Mongolia to Doha, and most countries in between. . . .
Posted in Equality and Gender Issues, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »
December 30th, 2013
Matt Chandler states unequivocally, “I teach to men . . . I go after the men.” Matt focuses his ministry on men because, he says, this is how he understands the scriptures. So what happens to the lost sheep who are female? And how does Matt’s focus affect the thousands of women in his flock?
Tags: Complementarianism, John Piper
Posted in Equality and Gender Issues | 17 Comments »
December 17th, 2013
Most modern translations of the New Testament rely on the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament. One of the small group editors of 27th edition of this Greek New Testament is scholar Barbara Aland. This article provides a brief history of the Nestle-Aland text and a brief biography of Barbara Aland.
Tags: Bible translations, women bible scholars
Posted in Church History, Equality and Gender Issues, Women in Ministry | 4 Comments »
December 12th, 2013
For two thousand years, many devout Jewish men have thanked God every morning saying: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” Scholars have termed this kind of prayer “a blessing of identity”. Paul may well have had this prayer in mind when he wrote Galatians 3:28.
Is Galatians 3:28 only referring to our identity and status before God? Or is it also about our identity and status in the Christian community (i.e. the church)?
Tags: Biblical equality, Galatians 3:28
Posted in Christian Living, Equality and Gender Issues, Salvation and Eternal Life | 6 Comments »