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Women in Ministry

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

November 14th, 2014

We have only two lines about Phoebe in the Bible, but Theodoret of Cyrrhus has more information about her, including her role as Paul’s envoy. Did Phoebe travel to Spain with Paul? Did she deliver his letter to the Romans? Continue reading»

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

November 13th, 2014

In Part 2, I look at what Romans 16:1-2 in the ancient Latin texts say about Phoebe. These indicate she was recognised as an official deacon (or deaconess.) Continue reading»

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

November 12th, 2014

This is part 1 of an in depth look at Phoebe of Cenchrea who is mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:1-2. Here I look at Paul’s introduction of Phoebe to the church at Rome. I also look at the ministry of certain women in the Gospels, and Tabitha’s ministry in Acts, and compare them with Phoebe’s ministry. Continue reading»

Paul and Women, in a Nutshell

October 6th, 2014

Here is a brief overview of eighteen women mentioned by Paul in his New Testament letters, plus Lydia mentioned in Acts 16. Continue reading»

Using Logos Bible Software

August 8th, 2014

I’m new to using Logos Bible Software. The first lot of books that have been “unlocked” for me is a well-chosen collection of seven books published by Baker Books called “Women in the Church Collection”. Take a look. Continue reading»

Apostles in the New Testament Church

July 20th, 2014

In this article I look at the men and women who were apostles in the New Testament church, and at their qualifications. I also look at what they did as apostles. Continue reading»

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»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

June 23rd, 2014

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before. Continue reading»

What the Bible says about Mary the Magdalene

May 26th, 2014

This article looks at Mary Magdalene, and especially at what “Magdalene” might mean. Does it refer to Mary’s home town? Was it her nick-name? Or does it imply that Mary was a prostitute? Continue reading»

Female Martyrs and their Ministry in the Early Church

May 2nd, 2014

A post about female martyrs in the early church, including Blandina and Perpetua: “those who have conformed themselves to Christ, even in death.” Continue reading»

Believing Wives and Female Co-workers of the Apostles

February 14th, 2014

Was Paul referring to wives of apostles or colleagues of apostles in 1 Corinthians 9:5? Was their role companionship or teaching Christian doctrine? Continue reading»

Barbara Aland and the Nestle-Aland Greek NT

December 11th, 2013

Most modern translations of the New Testament rely on the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament. One of the small group editors of 27th edition of this Greek New Testament is scholar Barbara Aland. This article provides a brief history of the Nestle-Aland text and a brief biography of Barbara Aland. Continue reading»

Philip’s Prophesying Daughters

November 24th, 2013

We tend to underestimate the ministry of Philip’s four daughters; the early church writers didn’t make that mistake. They recognised them as prophets and associated them with apostles and bishops. Continue reading»

Leon Morris on “Head” (Kephalē) in the New Testament

October 27th, 2013

The (late) esteemed New Testament scholar Leon Morris cautions us to not make hasty assumptions about the metaphorical meaning of “head” in the New Testament. Continue reading»

“Kuria” in Papyrus Letters and the Elect Lady

August 23rd, 2013

This short article looks at how the Greek word kuria (“lady”) is used in a few ancient letters, and how this usage helps us to understand the “chosen lady” in John’s second letter. (500 words) Continue reading»

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