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

The “Difficult” Passages

1 Corinthians 11 and Subverted Hierarchy

October 7th, 2016

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul has a keen interest in setting up hierarchies of human honour, and then subverting them, as Matthew Malcolm shows in his concise, insightful and liberating post. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:13: Another reason 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

August 6th, 2016

Is 1 Timothy 2:13 “For Adam was formed first and the Eve” a reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Does the created order really disqualify women from teaching and leading men? Continue reading»

6 reasons 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

August 3rd, 2016

Taking 1 Timothy 2:12 at face value, with no understanding of the Greek or the verse’s context, can lead to a flawed interpretation. This post looks at six factors which must be considered when interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. 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»

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»

Why 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 are not universal regulations

December 22nd, 2015

One reason I believe 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 were ad hoc regulations addressing local problems is because of a particular word found in both verses. 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»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature (cf 1 Tim. 2:13-14)

March 9th, 2015

In this post I provide links to ancient Gnostic works which present Eve in a very different light to that of the Bible. Do these works help us to better understand Paul’s intent in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? 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»

1 Corinthians 14:34-35, in a Nutshell

October 5th, 2014

Surprisingly for me, people are still using 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 to silence women in church meetings. Here is my very brief interpretation of these two verses. 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»

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