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

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»

1 Timothy 2:13: Another reason 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

Posted: August 6th, 2016, by Marg

Is 1 Timothy 2:13 “For Adam was formed first and the Eve” a reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Does the created order really disqualify women from teaching and leading men? Continue reading»

6 reasons 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

Posted: August 3rd, 2016, by Marg

Taking 1 Timothy 2:12 at face value, with no understanding of the Greek or the verse’s context, can lead to a flawed interpretation. This post looks at six factors which must be considered when interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. Continue reading»

The Regalia of Artemis Ephesia

Posted: July 23rd, 2016, by Marg

This essay looks at the distinctive appearance of Artemis of Ephesus, and at what her items of clothing symbolise. A short history of the goddess is also included to help explain her importance and power. Continue reading»

Eternal Torment, Eternal Fire, Eternal Death?

Posted: July 19th, 2016, by Marg

In part two I look at Bible verses which mention the ideas of “eternal” and “fire” in regards to the future judgement. Do these verses speak of eternal conscious torment for unrepentant sinners? Continue reading»

Paul, James, and Jesus on Hell (Gehenna)

Posted: July 17th, 2016, by Marg

Paul never mentions hell in any of his letters. James mentions hell just once. Jesus, on the other hand, mentions hell several times. Is hell a real place? Is it a place of eternal torment? Continue reading»

Two Brave Women in 2 Samuel 17

Posted: June 28th, 2016, by Marg

This post is about two unnamed women mentioned in 2 Samuel 17 who each risked their lives to help King David’s–and God’s–cause. Continue reading»

The Samaritan Woman of Sychar (John 4)

Posted: June 10th, 2016, by Marg

Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene, and the Samaritan woman have often been portrayed as immoral. What’s with that? This article looks at the Samaritan woman without negative prejudices. Continue reading»

The Roman woman who instructed her husband in the Faith

Posted: June 9th, 2016, by Marg

Here are a couple of lines from the Acts of Peter about Candida, a Roman woman who instructed her husband in the faith sometime around 60 AD. Continue reading»

Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

Posted: May 24th, 2016, by Marg

Churches which misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did Jesus teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue, from scripture, that he didn’t Continue reading»

God on Divorce (Malachi 2:16)

Posted: May 21st, 2016, by Marg

Traditional translations of Malachi 2:16 are misleading. Here are some better translations that faithfully reflect the Hebrew grammar, and do not have God saying, “I hate divorce.” Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12, the created order, and Bible men who were guided by godly women

Posted: May 4th, 2016, by Marg

Does the created order of man first, woman second, signify a timeless principle that only men can teach and have authority. Is the created order the reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Continue reading»

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»

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