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Women in Ministry

Were there women elders in New Testament churches? (Part 2)

January 20th, 2017

In this article I look at the NT verse which mentions women elders and compare it with other verses. I also look at elders, men and women, in early Judaism. My claim is that the “older women” in 1 Timothy 5:2 may well have been more than just “older women”. Continue reading»

Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

December 29th, 2016

Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia were Christian ministers who sometimes travelled. The NT shows that, at the very least, their paths crossed one or twice. Did these women become friends? I hope so. Continue reading»

Apphia of Colossae: Philemon’s wife or another Phoebe?

October 29th, 2016

Apphia is greeted at the beginning of the Paul’s letter to Philemon. Who was this woman, and what was her role or position in the church at Colossae? Was she Philemon’s wife? Was she another Phoebe? Continue reading»

The Samaritan Woman of Sychar (John 4)

June 10th, 2016

Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene, and the Samaritan woman have often been portrayed as immoral. What’s with that? This article looks at the Samaritan woman without negative prejudices. 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»

The Countess of Huntingdon and Gospel Ministry

January 20th, 2016

I love reading about the faith champions of the past. This article looks at Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, who was a tireless and influential Christian leader in Britain in the 1700s. Continue reading»

Theonoe and Myrte: Prophetesses in Corinth

December 15th, 2015

Several ancient Christian documents show that women were prominent ministers in the second century church. Two of these documents show that Theonoe and Myrte were prophetesses in the church at Corinth. Continue reading»

At Home with Priscilla and Aquila

November 11th, 2015

What does the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila to Apollos reveal? (Acts 18:18-28). How did others feel about the couple and their ministry? (Romans 16:3-5) Continue reading»

Five Women of the Reformation You Should Know

October 31st, 2015

In commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31st), I’ve posted a link to an interesting article by classics scholar Valerie Foucachon about five important women of the Reformation. Continue reading»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

June 16th, 2015

More than a century ago, church historian Adolf Harnack was honest and approving in his appraisal of the ministry of certain women named in the New Testament. Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

Chloe is a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian? A concerned house church leader or the quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

(6) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 6 we look at more evidence that deacons in the apostolic and post-apostolic period were travelling envoys and agents, and that some were teachers. Continue reading»

(5) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»

(4) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 18th, 2014

In part 4 I look at the deacons in the Philippian church, and at the development of church offices in the apostolic and post-apostolic church. Continue reading»

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