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

Gender Roles Rooted in Creation?

Posted: February 25th, 2017, by Marg

Complementarians believe Paul teaches that men have a God-given authority over women. They believe this teaching is grounded in creation and is therefore timeless and universal in application. Cynthia Westfall exposes the faults in this thinking. Continue reading»

Video Series: Should Women Teach in Church?

Posted: February 18th, 2017, by Marg

Tired of reading? Here are four short clever videos which look at 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14 and intelligently discuss whether women can teach in church. Continue reading»

Podcast with Ashley Easter and Charlie Olivia Grantham

Posted: February 9th, 2017, by Marg

Last Monday I chatted with Ashley Easter and Charlie Olivia Grantham about Ephesians 5 and a little bit about my marriage. Here are links to a 16-minute podcast of our conversation. Continue reading»

The Anonymous Man and Woman in 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Posted: February 4th, 2017, by Marg

In this article, I look at the language of 1 Timothy 2:12 and discuss the possibility that this verse concerns an anonymous couple in the Ephesian church, rather than men and women more generally. Continue reading»

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

Posted: January 20th, 2017, by Marg

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 there women elders in New Testament churches?

Posted: January 9th, 2017, by Marg

Three times this past week I’ve been in online conversations where a person has stated that women were not leaders or elders in early churches. Was this really the case? Continue reading»

Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

Posted: December 29th, 2016, by Marg

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»

Is it he, she, they or we who crush the serpent’s head? (Genesis 3:15)

Posted: December 20th, 2016, by Marg

I’ve been using the Common English Bible and was surprised to read God say to the snake, “They will strike your head.” Other translations of Genesis 3:15 have he, she or it will strike… What is the correct understanding of who will attack the serpent (i.e. the devil)? Is it us? Continue reading»

The Queen of Sheba and 3 other Powerful Female Rulers in the Bible

Posted: November 15th, 2016, by Marg

There were powerful women in Bible times. Some were godly, others were not. But nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God did not approve of these women leaders because they were female.

This article looks especially at the queen of the South (mentioned in the Old Testament and the gospels) and Bernice (mentioned in the book of Acts). Continue reading»

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

Posted: October 29th, 2016, by Marg

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»

1 Corinthians 11 and Subverted Hierarchy

Posted: October 7th, 2016, by Marg

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul has a keen interest in setting up hierarchies of human honour, and then subverting them, as Matthew Malcolm shows in his concise, insightful and liberating post. Continue reading»

A Better Translation of Genesis 3:16?

Posted: October 4th, 2016, by Marg

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the ESV’s revised translation of Genesis 3:16, Matt Lynch summarises Andrew Macintosh’s 2016 paper on the Hebrew word teshuqah (traditionally translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:6.) Is teshuqah better translated as “single-minded concentration” or “devotion”? Continue reading»

Which Bible translation is best?

Posted: October 1st, 2016, by Marg

Many Christians are dissatisfied with English translations that seem biased towards men when, in fact, the intended meaning of many passages is gender-inclusive. So, what is the best Bible translation?
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Did Jesus address only men in Luke 14:25-27?

Posted: September 17th, 2016, by Marg

In Luke 14:25-27 Jesus said that his disciples have to hate their father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. A reader asks, “Was Jesus speaking to only men here?” Continue reading»

Tertullian on Equality and Mutuality in Marriage

Posted: September 4th, 2016, by Marg

Tertullian, famous for once describing women as “the devil’s gateway”, wrote some wonderful things about equality and mutuality in marriage. He did not regard the household code in Ephesians as either comprehensive or prescriptive. Continue reading»

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