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

The Means of Ministry: Gifts, Grace, Faith . . . Gender?

Posted: November 22nd, 2015, by Marg

If Paul had meant for only men to be leaders and teachers, why doesn’t he mention this in his lists of ministries in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:28, and Ephesians 4:11? Continue reading»

At Home with Priscilla and Aquila

Posted: November 11th, 2015, by Marg

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»

Teshuqah: The Woman’s “Desire” in Genesis 3:16

Posted: November 7th, 2015, by Marg

The Hebrew word teshuqah is rare and obscure, but is usually translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:16: “your desire will be for your husband.” What does this mean? Continue reading»

Five Women of the Reformation You Should Know

Posted: October 31st, 2015, by Marg

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

The importance of using feminine words and images

Posted: October 30th, 2015, by Marg

Four little stories which show why preachers and writers should use feminine words and images if they want to engage and empower women as well as men. Continue reading»

Church cultures that include and exclude women leaders

Posted: October 25th, 2015, by Marg

One of the main reasons why some Christians reject the idea that women were leaders in a few New Testament churches, is a poor understanding of how the first Christian communities fellowshipped and functioned. Continue reading»

Is all sin equal in the eyes of God?

Posted: October 22nd, 2015, by Marg

Have you heard people say that all sins (wrong doings) are the same before God? I have wondered about this belief. What does the Bible say about this? Continue reading»

Kenegdo = Equal to Him (Genesis 2:18 & 20)

Posted: October 16th, 2015, by Marg

This brief post looks at the telling way the Hebrew word kenegdo — used in the context of the creation of Eve in Genesis 2:18 & 20 — is translated in a respected Afrikaans version of the Bible. Continue reading»

Are Men Accountable for their Wives’ Actions?

Posted: October 8th, 2015, by Marg

Are men accountable for their wives’ actions? This article looks at the accountability of Eve (pre-patriarchy) and of Sapphira (post-Pentecost) Continue reading»

“Head” and “Headship” in Genesis 1-3

Posted: October 1st, 2015, by Marg

Is the concept of “male headship” present in Genesis chapters 1-3 as some complementarians argue? How is the Hebrew word for “head” (rosh) used in these three chapters? Continue reading»

Book Review: Raised from Obscurity

Posted: September 25th, 2015, by Marg

In this post I review Greg Forbes and Scott Harrower’s excellent 2015 book ‘Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts’. I highly recommend this book! Continue reading»

Contexts of Women’s Leadership in the Church (40-200 AD) (Part 1)

Posted: September 22nd, 2015, by Marg

The social world of the Roman Empire was patriarchal. Women were typically thought to be less capable than men, yet they were able to lead in certain contexts. This article describes four of these social contexts. Continue reading»

Extra Honour for Underdogs (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

Posted: August 31st, 2015, by Marg

We need to put Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 into practice by honouring all equally (which means giving extra honour to those lacking it) and creating a community where all can contribute their gifts. Equality leads to unity. Continue reading»

A “Weaker Vessel” and Gender Justice (1 Peter 3:7)

Posted: August 12th, 2015, by Marg

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»

Is Adam solely responsible for the first sin?

Posted: August 9th, 2015, by Marg

Does Romans 5:12-21 teach us that God holds Adam, and not Eve, ultimately responsible and accountable for the first sin? How does Paul use the example of Adam in this passage? Continue reading»

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