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

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 2)

Posted: April 22nd, 2016, by Marg

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)

Posted: April 21st, 2016, by Marg

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»

Quotations to share on social media #2

Posted: April 12th, 2016, by Marg

Here are three more quotations from New Life to share on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, etc. Plus links to related articles. Continue reading»

Quotations to share on social media #1

Posted: April 10th, 2016, by Marg

Here are three quotations ready to be shared on social media, along with hashtags you may want to use, plus links to articles which give information about the quotations. Continue reading»

Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy

Posted: March 30th, 2016, by Marg

In this terrific article, Michael Jensen (a Sydney Anglican minister) notes that there are different forms of feminism, and that feminism is not necessarily against Christian principles. He writes: “a Christian point of view has more in common with feminism than not.” Continue reading»

Women and Theology: Jesus said to her . . .

Posted: March 27th, 2016, by Marg

Jesus talked about theology with women—a life-giving, vital theology. He answered their theological questions which answered their deepest needs. And he equipped them to talk about theology to others. Continue reading»

Jesus, keep me near the cross

Posted: March 25th, 2016, by Marg

As followers of Jesus we need to keep our eyes on our risen and exalted Lord. But on this Good Friday, I’m praying using Fanny Crosby’s words, “Jesus, keep me near the cross.” Continue reading»

Do women have a special obligation to be helpers?

Posted: March 9th, 2016, by Marg

Does “a suitable helper for him” in Genesis 2:18 & 20 speak about a defining gender role for women? Does the Bible teach that all women are the auxiliaries, or helpers, of men? Continue reading»

How Christian Egalitarians understand “Equality”

Posted: March 3rd, 2016, by Marg

A common misunderstanding about what Christian egalitarians believe concerns the words “equal” and “equality”. How do egalitarians understand and use these words? Continue reading»

Does Isaiah 3:12 show that women leaders are a bad thing?

Posted: February 20th, 2016, by Marg

Does God’s lament and judgement in Isaiah 3:12—”women rule over them”—show that the leadership of women is a bad thing? What does Isaiah 3:12 mean? Continue reading»

The responsibilities of husbands in Ephesians 5

Posted: February 16th, 2016, by Marg

Do husbands have a particular responsibility for the spiritual growth of their wives? Will husbands one day present their wives to Jesus in much the same way as Jesus will present the church to himself? (Cf. Eph. 5:25-27) Continue reading»

Qualified for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Posted: January 31st, 2016, by Marg

A thorough knowledge of Scripture is an important qualification for many ministries.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, which mentions this qualification, does not exclude women like Priscilla who was a well-qualified woman of God ministering in Ephesus. Continue reading»

Chastity, Salvation, and 1 Timothy 2:15

Posted: January 27th, 2016, by Marg

Are Christian and Gnostic teachings which emphasise celibacy behind Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:15? What does “she will be saved through childbearing” mean? Continue reading»

The Countess of Huntingdon and Gospel Ministry

Posted: January 20th, 2016, by Marg

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»

The Point of Naming the Animals in Genesis 2

Posted: January 4th, 2016, by Marg

The belief that Adam naming the animals is an expression of man’s authority completely misses the point of the naming episode in Genesis 2. Here’s what Dr Martin Shields says about this. Continue reading»

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