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

Extra Honour for Underdogs (1 Cor. 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. For Paul, 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»

What Eve’s statement to the serpent tells us

Posted: August 7th, 2015, by Marg

Did God give Adam the responsibility of telling Eve the command about the forbidden fruit as some suggest? Eve’s statement to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3 may hold the answer. Continue reading»

Fluid leadership vs rigid gender roles

Posted: July 28th, 2015, by Marg

Some Christians have a faulty notion of gender roles, which is based on an equally faulty notion of leadership. In this tiny post I share two quotes on the nature of leadership. Continue reading»

Complementarianism and Same-Sex Friendships

Posted: July 26th, 2015, by Marg

The complementarian ideology that men are designed to lead, and women are designed to submit to male leadership, has many drawbacks, but in this post I highlight just one of them. Continue reading»

Men, Please stop trying to elevate women

Posted: July 7th, 2015, by Marg

I have come across the concept of men elevating, or raising, women a few times and it has never sat right with me. It has usually sounded condescending and patronising, rather than encouraging and empowering. Now I understand why this concept has irked me. Continue reading»

Prominent Biblical Scholars on Women in Ministry

Posted: June 30th, 2015, by Marg

John Stott, Leon Morris, F.F. Bruce, and many more prominent and well-respected theologians and biblical scholars, can hardly be accused of playing loose with the scriptures, but they all believed that gifted women should be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»

Galilee in the First Century CE

Posted: June 27th, 2015, by Marg

In this essay I look at three aspects of the social history of first century CE Galilee. This provides a context for the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, which mostly took place in Galilee around 30 CE. Continue reading»

Ephesians 5:22-33, in a Nutshell

Posted: June 21st, 2015, by Marg

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»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

Posted: June 16th, 2015, by Marg

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»

Freebies for Students of New Testament Greek

Posted: June 12th, 2015, by Marg

Here are some free online Greek texts and tools that I recommend. Continue reading»

The Intrigues of Salome I, Sister of Herod the Great

Posted: June 8th, 2015, by Marg

Salome I, the sister of Herod the Great was one very powerful and dangerous woman. This article highlights her domestic intrigues and political power. Continue reading»

A Communal Proclamation (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

Posted: June 1st, 2015, by Marg

I believe that there is more to the Lord’s Supper than what is offered in many churches today. In this 8 minute video, Danny Zacharias addresses some misunderstandings and shortcomings of our abbreviated Communion and Eucharist celebrations. Continue reading»

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Eph. 5:33)?

Posted: May 13th, 2015, by Marg

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»

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