Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Equality in Marriage

Mutual Submission is not a Myth

October 18th, 2013

Dear Dr Grudem, mutual submission is not a myth.
Submission is not always, or necessarily, to a person in authority (cf Ephesians 5:21-22). Continue reading»

The priority of wifely submission vs mutual submission

August 29th, 2013

Wifely submission is never mentioned in the OT or in the Gospels. It is mentioned, however, in a few of the later New Testament letters. These few mentions have typically been given priority over verses which are about mutuality in marriage. Why is that? Continue reading»

“Busy at Home”: How does Titus 2:4-5 apply today?

June 11th, 2013

In this article I look at the instructions in Titus 2:4-5 which Paul gave to the young Christian wives at Crete, and determine what the timeless principles are. Continue reading»

What do Egalitarian Christian Marriages look like?

February 12th, 2013

“What does it look like to live in a Christ-centered home committed to shared leadership and mutual submission, instead of gender hierarchies?”
This is the question writer and blogger Jenny Rae Armstrong asked her readers at the beginning of 2013. Jenny has since been posting readers’ responses to this question every Monday on her blog. If you’ve been wondering how egalitarian Christian marriages work, reading some of these real-life stories from real-life Christian couples is a great place to start. Continue reading»

Role or Rank?

January 14th, 2013

The body of Christ should function as a unity, and not a social hierarchy. [500 words] Continue reading»

The Chiasm in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

November 20th, 2012

In this article I tackle another of the “difficult passages” about women. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a hard passage to understand, but it makes more sense when read as a chiasm. What are Paul’s concerns and instructions here? Continue reading»

Plutarch and Paul on Husbands and Wives

November 13th, 2012

As I was comparing Plutarch’s “Advice to the Bride and Groom” with First Corinthians for a recent assignment, it struck me how different Plutarch’s and Paul’s views were about the relationship between husbands and wives. It also struck me that many Christians sound much more like Plutarch, rather than Paul, in what they think and say about men and women and marriage. Continue reading»

The Complementarian Concept of “The Created Order”

October 20th, 2012

In support of their views of male authority and female submission, Complementarians place a great deal of importance on the created order related in Genesis 2:4-25. Continue reading»

Giving the Church a Bad Name

August 30th, 2012

Some Sydney Anglicans have caused a kerfuffle by bringing their pet doctrine of “wifely submission” into the public arena this week. If Peter Jensen isn’t shy about continuing the debate on this subject, I guess I shouldn’t be shy either. Continue reading»

Women, Eve and Deception

August 19th, 2012

Does the Bible teach that women are more easily deceived, or more deceptive, than men? In this article I take a quick look at what the Bible says about women and deception, and especially at Eve. Continue reading»

Submission in Marriage

August 14th, 2012

What does submission mean? What does the Bible say about submission in marriage? Is wifely submission relevant in our society? Continue reading»

Who is the “head”?

August 11th, 2012

This is a critique of Mary Kassian’s article “Sex in the Shadowlands” in which she applies the word “head” to more than God, Jesus, and husbands. Continue reading»

God wants women to be happy in marriage

July 9th, 2012

A woman told me the other day that it was God’s will she suffer in her marriage. Today I read a verse that shows God wants women to be happy in marriage. [700 words] Continue reading»

Mutuality in Marriage: 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

June 26th, 2012

In 1 Corinthians chapter 7, Paul deals with the subjects of sex, marriage, divorce and singleness. Paul’s instructions here reveal his egalitarian views. Continue reading»

Leading Together in the Home

June 19th, 2012

Leviticus 19:3 says: “Every one of you shall reverence his mother and father. . .” I decided to search for other verses that also mention “mother” first. What I found surprised me. Continue reading»

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