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

The “Difficult” Passages

The Consensus and Context of 1 Timothy 2:12

July 2nd, 2014

No verse is brought up more often in discussions on Women in Ministry than 1 Timothy 2:12. Many Christians are stuck on this one verse, but what does it mean? Here are my notes from a talk I gave on the 28th of June 2014 at a public meeting hosted by the Sydney chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. 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»

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»

Questions about how to interpret and implement 1 Timothy 2:12

October 30th, 2012

Some Christians think that the prohibition of a woman teaching a man in 1 Timothy 2:12 is clear and straightforward in meaning. The various ways this prohibition is understood and implemented in churches seems to indicate otherwise.

The context and language of 1 Timothy 2:12 raises several important questions about how we should apply this verse. This article looks at some of these questions. It also looks at the implications of taking this verse as a universal and timeless imperative. [2000 words] Continue reading»

Paul’s Main Point in Ephesians 5:22-33

April 30th, 2012

Ephesians 5:22-33 is written as a chiasm with the main point in the centre of the passage. We misinterpret Ephesians 5:22-33 if we miss Paul’s main point. Continue reading»

Paul’s Instructions for “Modest” Dress

December 10th, 2011

It is important for women not to dress in a revealing or sexually provocative way, but this was not Paul’s meaning in his instructions in 1 Timothy 2:9. Continue reading»

Kephalē and “Male Headship” in Paul’s Letters

September 18th, 2011

This article answers the question: Does Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:23, “the husband is the head of the wife”, mean that the husband has leadership or authority over his wife? Continue reading»

Submission and Respect from Husbands in 1 Peter 3:7-8

September 11th, 2011

Many Christians believe that submission in marriage is the duty only of wives. In 1 Peter 3:7 Peter comes very close to saying that husbands are to be submissive to their wives too. Continue reading»

Submission and Respect from Wives in 1 Peter 3:1-6

September 1st, 2011

In 1 Peter 3:1-6 Peter instructs wives to be submissive and he uses the examples of “the holy women of the past” and Sarah to help make his points. Who were these “holy women of the past”? In what way did Sarah submit to Abraham? Continue reading»

Interpretations and Applications of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

July 9th, 2011

In this article I present several summaries of a range of interpretations of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 proposed by well-known Bible scholars. These interpretations are examined in the light of the context of 1 Corinthians chapter 14, and in the context of the entire letter of First Corinthians. First-century Corinthian culture is also used to evaluate the validity of the various interpretations. [3000 words plus endnotes. ] Continue reading»

Paul’s Qualifications for Church Leaders (1 Timothy 3)

August 5th, 2010

Some people think the moral qualifications for church leaders recorded in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 were written about men and apply only to men. Can only men be church leaders? Continue reading»

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