Equality and Gender Issues

1 Corinthians 11:9, in a Nutshell

January 26th, 2015

How are we to interpret “man was not created for woman, but woman for man” in 1 Corinthians 11:9? Continue reading»

Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians

January 24th, 2015

In his Church History, Eusebius mentions that, “Ethiopia even to the present day is ruled, according to ancestral custom, by a woman” (2.1.13 cf Acts 8:27). I found this piece of information intriguing and I went on a bit of a search to find out if there is some truth in his statement. As it turned out, there is.
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What did Paul mean by “A wife has no authority of her own body”?

January 7th, 2015

In this short post I look at what Paul meant by “A wife/husband does not have authority of her/his body” in 1 Corinthians 7:4. Continue reading»

Mary Consoles Eve

December 24th, 2014

I love this powerful image of Mary consoling Eve. Just look at their feet! Continue reading»

Was it Adam’s responsibility to relay God’s command to Eve?

December 19th, 2014

Was the first man given the responsibility of relaying God’s command about the forbidden fruit to the first woman? What does the Bible say? Continue reading»

A Sympathetic Look at Bathsheba

December 2nd, 2014

Bathsheba is described as a seductress by some, and as a conniving political opportunist by others, but I do not believe either of these descriptions match with how she is portrayed in Scripture. In this article I present a more sympathetic view of Bathsheba, and I aim to highlight, without imaginative or salacious embellishments, how the Scriptures depict her. Continue reading»

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»

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