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Equality in Marriage

Tertullian on Equality and Mutuality in Marriage

September 4th, 2016

Tertullian, famous for once describing women as “the devil’s gateway”, wrote some wonderful things about equality and mutuality in marriage. He did not regard the household code in Ephesians as either comprehensive or prescriptive. Continue reading»

Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

May 24th, 2016

Churches which misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did Jesus teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue, from scripture, that he didn’t Continue reading»

The responsibilities of husbands in Ephesians 5

February 16th, 2016

Do husbands have a particular responsibility for the spiritual growth of their wives? Will husbands one day present their wives to Jesus in much the same way as Jesus will present the church to himself? (Cf. Eph. 5:25-27) Continue reading»

A “Weaker Vessel” and Gender Justice (1 Peter 3:7)

August 12th, 2015

Why did Peter use the phrase “weaker vessel” in 1 Peter 3:7? This article takes into consideration how the word “weak” was used in papyrus legal documents by women seeking justice. Continue reading»

Ephesians 5:22-33, in a Nutshell

June 21st, 2015

In what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? What does Paul mean in Ephesians 5:22-33? Continue reading»

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Eph. 5:33)?

May 13th, 2015

In Ephesians 5:33 it says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Wives, mothers and female masters in the NT household codes

March 31st, 2015

When people think of the “masters” mentioned in the New Testament household codes, they tend to think of men. Many masters in NT times, however, were women. How does this realisation affect the notion of female submission? Continue reading»

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”? Does 1 Corinthians 11:9 indicate that service or submission is the responsibility of women and not men? Continue reading»

A wife has no authority of her own body? (1 Cor. 7:4)

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, a verse that has been terribly misapplied. 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 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»

Kenegdo: Is the woman subordinate, suitable, or similar to the man?

August 1st, 2014

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the phrase “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Was the first woman made to be a subordinate help? A suitable help? Or a similar help?

In this article I look at the meaning and grammar of the Hebrew word “kenegdo”, and at the way it is translated in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament. Continue reading»

Egalitarian Books and Resources on Christian Marriage

July 14th, 2014

Here are ten books, or resources, on Christian marriage that are suitable for engaged and married couples, marriage counselors and coaches, and pastors. They all have an egalitarian, or mutualist, perspective.

Do you have experience with these resources? Are there others that should be added to this list? Continue reading»

Separate Spheres & Distinct Roles in the Trinity & in Marriage? (John 5:18-30)

July 10th, 2014

Some Christians believe the Trinity is a model for marriage. Does the Trinity model distinct roles and separate spheres? Is there a hierarchy and subordination in the Divine? Continue reading»

Wifely Submission and Holy Kisses

March 27th, 2014

Instructions for wifely submission and holy kisses are clearly given in the New Testament. Yet one concept is largely ignored while the other is highlighted. Why is that? Continue reading»

Likewise women . . . likewise husbands . . .

November 14th, 2013

Ignoring or highlighting an ordinary word, in this case “likewise”, can make a BIG difference in how we interpret certain New Testament passages that affect women.
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