Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Equality and Gender Issues

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»

God on Divorce (Malachi 2:16)

May 21st, 2016

Traditional translations of Malachi 2:16 are misleading. Here are some better translations that faithfully reflect the Hebrew grammar, and do not have God saying, “I hate divorce.” Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12, the created order, and Bible men who were guided by godly women

May 4th, 2016

Does the created order of man first, woman second, signify a timeless principle that only men can teach and have authority. Is the created order the reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2016

This is the second part of a two-part series which looks at the women in the church at Smyrna in the post-apostolic period. This article focuses on Gavia. Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 1)

April 21st, 2016

In Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers (late 1st and early 2nd centuries) we discover that women were active in ministry in the church at Smyrna. Part 1 looks at Alke (or Alce) of Smyrna. Continue reading»

Quotations to share on social media #2

April 12th, 2016

Here are three more quotations from New Life to share on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, etc. Plus links to related articles. Continue reading»

Quotations to share on social media #1

April 10th, 2016

Here are three quotations ready to be shared on social media, along with hashtags you may want to use, plus links to articles which give information about the quotations. Continue reading»

Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy

March 30th, 2016

In this terrific article, Michael Jensen (a Sydney Anglican minister) notes that there are different forms of feminism, and that feminism is not necessarily against Christian principles. He writes: “a Christian point of view has more in common with feminism than not.” Continue reading»

Women and Theology: Jesus said to her . . .

March 27th, 2016

Jesus talked about theology with women—a life-giving, vital theology. He answered their theological questions which answered their deepest needs. And he equipped them to talk about theology to others. Continue reading»

Do women have a special obligation to be helpers?

March 9th, 2016

Does “a suitable helper for him” in Genesis 2:18 & 20 speak about a defining gender role for women? Does the Bible teach that all women are the auxiliaries, or helpers, of men? Continue reading»

How Christian Egalitarians understand “Equality”

March 3rd, 2016

A common misunderstanding about what Christian egalitarians believe concerns the words “equal” and “equality”. How do egalitarians understand and use these words? Continue reading»

Does Isaiah 3:12 show that women leaders are a bad thing?

February 20th, 2016

Does God’s lament and judgement in Isaiah 3:12—”women rule over them”—show that the leadership of women is a bad thing? What does Isaiah 3:12 mean? 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»

Qualified for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

January 31st, 2016

A thorough knowledge of Scripture is an important qualification for many ministries.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, which mentions this qualification, does not exclude women like Priscilla who was a well-qualified woman of God ministering in Ephesus. Continue reading»

Chastity, Salvation, and 1 Timothy 2:15

January 27th, 2016

Are Christian and gnostic-like teachings which emphasise celibacy behind Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:15? What does “she will be saved through childbearing” mean? Continue reading»

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