Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Equality in Ministry

15 reasons why I support women in church leadership

July 28th, 2013

There is only one verse in the entire Bible which appears to prohibit a woman from teaching a man and exercising authority. On the other hand there are many Bible verses which show that godly women did teach men and exercise authority. Here are 15 such women. Continue reading»

Wade Burleson on Christian Leadership in Hebrews 13

July 22nd, 2013

In this post I link to a video where Wade Burleson explains that there is no Greek word for “over” in the verses about church leaders in Hebrews chapter 13. 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»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 1)

April 17th, 2013

This five part series takes a close look at 1 Timothy 2:12, at what it does and doesn’t say, as well as providing some cultural background.
Part 1 look at some of the pitfalls of using 1 Timothy 2:12 as the proof text on the issue of whether women can be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 2)

April 17th, 2013

To better understand Paul’s intention in 1 Timothy 2:12 it helps to understand the culture of the Ephesian people who Timothy was ministering to. This article takes a quick look at the goddess Artemis and her magnificent temple in Ephesus. Artemis had a huge influence on the Ephesians! Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 3)

April 17th, 2013

What was Paul’s primary purpose for writing his first letter to Timothy?
What was the problem in the Ephesian Church?
Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 4)

April 17th, 2013

In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 5)

April 17th, 2013

Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15? Continue reading»

Who will roll away the stone?

April 1st, 2013

Mary Magdalene and some other women knew a large stone had been rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. They went to the tomb anyway. [300 words] Continue reading»

Equality and Unity in Ministry: 1 Corinthians 12

March 30th, 2013

In this message for Resurrection Sunday 2013, I look at Paul’s statements of equality and unity in ministry from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, including his instruction to give greater honour to those lacking it. Continue reading»

A Collection of Articles on the Male Priesthood & Women Ministers

March 25th, 2013

Many Christians have an almost sacramental view of church leaders and of the Sunday morning message. Even many evangelicals believe that only an ordained, priest-like man can preach a sermon from the “hallowed” pulpit. This sacramental view – and the traditions and jargon that goes with it – hinders many people from seeing the possibility that godly women may also teach and preach in congregational settings.

Here are links to a few previously posted articles which look at arguments commonly used to keep women out of church leadership, in particular, arguments that use the idea of a male-only priesthood. Continue reading»

Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained Ministers

March 22nd, 2013

This list has been doing the rounds on the internet at least since 2005. But, just in case you’ve missed it, here are the top ten reasons why men should not be ordained according to the late Dr David M. Scholer, a former New Testament professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. Continue reading»

Michael Bird on inconsistent complementarian attitudes to women teachers

February 1st, 2013

I have a few posts on this website about women Bible scholars, translators and commentators and how the acceptance (or rejection) of these women and their ministries varies widely among complementarians. Michael Bird has written a paragraph on the discrepancies between the ideology and practice of some complementarians in allowing women to lead and teach men. I really like what he has to say about this, so I’ve quoted this paragraph in this post. Continue reading»

A Critique of John Dickson’s “Hearing Her Voice”

January 16th, 2013

“Hearing Her Voice” by John Dickson is one of three ebooks in the series “Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry” that were released on Christmas/Boxing Day 2012. In his book, John argues that women can speak – preach, exhort, exposit Scripture, prophecy, pray, etc – in church meetings. Continue reading»

Gender Roles and Speaking Ministries in the Church

January 12th, 2013

Does the New Testament teach that men and women have different roles in church based solely on gender? Are some ministries too important for women? Continue reading»

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