Male-Female Pairs and Parallelism in Luke’s Gospel

Posted: April 8th, 2014, by Marg

Luke often presents the material in his gospel using male-female pairs. He paired people, parables and points in order to highlight an important principle concerning gender. Luke’s aim was to show that Jesus included women in every aspect of the gospel. Continue reading»

The Power of God’s Grace

Posted: April 5th, 2014, by Marg

“Grace” and “mercy” are two wonderful concepts in Christianity. The concept of grace has sometimes become confused or conflated with the concept of mercy. But the two are not the same. Is your understanding of grace more like mercy? Continue reading»

Biblioblogs and the March Biblical Studies Carnival

Posted: April 2nd, 2014, by Marg

Here’s a link to the latest list of the top 50 Biblioblogs (published quarterly.) Plus a link to the March Biblical Studies Carnival. I’m delighted – and continue to be astonished – that my website seems to be doing so well. Continue reading»

Wifely Submission and Holy Kisses

Posted: March 27th, 2014, by Marg

Instructions for holy kisses and wifely submission are clearly given in the New Testament. In fact there are the same number of verses about greeting one another with a kiss as there are about wives submitting to husbands. Yet one concept is largely ignored while the other is highlighted. Why is that? [850 words] Continue reading»

Jesus had many female followers – many!

Posted: March 14th, 2014, by Marg

I had imagined that only a few women accompanied Jesus during his ministry and only a few were with him at his crucifixion, but Matthew, Mark, and Luke write that there were many women with Jesus – many! Continue reading»

The “Feminization” of the Church

Posted: March 7th, 2014, by Marg

As a woman I dislike how the word “feminine” is being used as a pejorative term by some in the church. Kristen Rosser has written an excellent article on the so-called “feminization” of the church, and how we can address it. With her permission, I have reblogged it here. Continue reading»

Jesus’ Teaching on Leadership and Community in Matthew’s Gospel

Posted: February 27th, 2014, by Marg

In Jesus’ kingdom the humble are exalted, the lowly are the greatest, and the last are first. This article looks at a few passages of Jesus’ teaching recorded in Matthew’s gospel which show that Jesus promoted the social values of humility and equality. Continue reading»

“Go and work in my vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)

Posted: February 18th, 2014, by Marg

In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who hires labourers to work in his vineyard. This parable is designed to show us something about Jesus and his kingdom. One of the messages here is of equality in the kingdom. Continue reading»

Believing Wives and Female Co-workers of the Apostles

Posted: February 14th, 2014, by Marg

What sort of woman was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 9:5? Were they wives of the apostles or ministry colleagues of the apostles? Was their role companionship or teaching Christian doctrine? Continue reading»

3 views on the ministry of the Seven in Acts 6

Posted: February 4th, 2014, by Marg

What was the ministry of the seven men in Acts 6? This article looks at possible ministries for the Seven including what John Collins has discovered by tracking Luke’s use of the word “diakonia” in the book of Acts. Continue reading»

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