Equality and Gender Issues

Male-Female Pairs and Parallelism in Luke’s Gospel

April 8th, 2014

Luke often presents the material in his gospel using male-female pairs. He paired people, parables and points in order to highlight an important principle concerning gender. Luke’s aim was to show that Jesus included women in every aspect of the gospel. Continue reading»

Wifely Submission and Holy Kisses

March 27th, 2014

Instructions for holy kisses and wifely submission are clearly given in the New Testament. In fact there are the same number of verses about greeting one another with a kiss as there are about wives submitting to husbands. Yet one concept is largely ignored while the other is highlighted. Why is that? [850 words] Continue reading»

Jesus had many female followers – many!

March 14th, 2014

I had imagined that only a few women accompanied Jesus during his ministry and only a few were with him at his crucifixion, but Matthew, Mark, and Luke write that there were many women with Jesus – many! Continue reading»

The “Feminization” of the Church

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 so-called “feminization” of the church, and how we can address it. With her permission, I have reblogged it here. Continue reading»

Jesus’ Teaching on Leadership and Community in Matthew’s Gospel

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. Continue reading»

“Go and work in my vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)

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. Continue reading»

Believing Wives and Female Co-workers of the Apostles

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? Continue reading»

Blaming Eve Alone

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). Continue reading»

Kevin Giles on the apostolic ministry of gospel women

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] Continue reading»

Top 10 Most Read Posts in 2013

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. . . . Continue reading»

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