In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»
In part 4 of my series on Phoebe of Cenchrea, I look at the deacons in the Philippian church, and at the development of church offices in the apostolic and post-apostolic church. Continue reading»
We have only two lines about Phoebe in the Bible, but other Early Christian writers have more information about Phoebe, including her role as Paul’s envoy.
Did Paul and Phoebe travel to Spain? Did Phoebe deliver Paul’s letter to the Romans. Continue reading»
I’ve come across comments from a few people which indicate that some Christians have a slightly mistaken view of the Christian Egalitarian ideology. So I’ve written this post to briefly explain my perspective of what Christian Egalitarians believe. Continue reading»
I am stunned, saddened, and outraged that Christian woman Asia Bibi has lost her appeal to the High Court in Pakistan and has been condemned to death . . . to death!
Here is a brief summary of the situation and a link to a petition that asks for the pardon and release of Asia. Continue reading»
A short post on the status of women in Christ and in the Church. Continue reading»
It is helpful to have some insight into the values and customs of the first Christians, and some appreciation of how they organised their meetings and ministries, if we are to have a better understanding of the setting, context, and meaning of the New Testament letters. In this article I provide a brief overview of church life in the first century, and I highlight the ministry contributions of women. Continue reading»
Here is a brief overview of all the women mentioned by Paul in his letters, plus Lydia. Continue reading»
Surprisingly for me, people are still using 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 to silence women in church meetings. Here is my very brief interpretation of these two verses. Continue reading»