Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

Posted: August 18th, 2014, by Marg

Here is a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on so-called ‘biblical womanhood’. In this article Jenny Rae Armstrong writes that “the privileged frivolities of Western homemaking” have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus. Continue reading»

Communion, Community, and Solidarity with our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters

Posted: August 17th, 2014, by Marg

Back in the first century, most church meetings centred on sharing the Lord’s Supper. It was a way for the early Christians to nurture their devotion to Jesus and to express their solidarity as a group of Jesus-followers in an often hostile world. Today, sharing the Lord’s Supper is still a way we can show our solidarity with our fellow Jesus-followers, even those in Iraq. Continue reading»

5 questions about Adam’s role in Genesis 2 and 3

Posted: August 11th, 2014, by Marg

In this post I have a go at answering these five questions about Adam’s prominence in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis:
1. Did God call the man only in Genesis 3:9?
2. Is it significant that God spoke to the man first in Genesis 3:9-12?
3. Did God drive the woman out of Eden too in Genesis 3:23-24?
4. Was it Adam’s responsibility to convey God’s command to the woman (Gen. 2:16-17)?
5. Does Adam’s task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20 suggest that he had more authority than the woman? Or even authority over the woman? Continue reading»

Using Logos Bible Software

Posted: August 8th, 2014, by Marg

I’m new to using Logos Bible Software. The first lot of books that have been “unlocked” for me is a well-chosen collection of seven books published by Baker Books called “Women in the Church Collection”. Take a look. Continue reading»

Kenegdo: Is the woman in Genesis 2 subordinate, suitable, or similar to the man?

Posted: August 1st, 2014, by Marg

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the expression “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Does it mean that God made the first woman to be a subordinate help? A suitable help? Or a similar help?

In this article I look at the meaning and grammar of the Hebrew word “kenegdo”, and at the way it is translated in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament. Continue reading»

Apostles in the New Testament Church

Posted: July 20th, 2014, by Marg

In this article I look at the men and women who were apostles in the New Testament church, and at their qualifications. I also look at what they did as apostles. Continue reading»

Egalitarian Books and Resources on Marriage

Posted: July 14th, 2014, by Marg

Here are ten books, or resources, on Christian marriage that are suitable for engaged couples, married couples, marriage counselors and coaches, and pastors. They all have an egalitarian, or mutualist, perspective.

Do you have experience with these resources? Are there others that should be added to this list? Continue reading»

Separate Spheres and Distinct Roles in the Trinity and in Marriage? (John 5:18-30)

Posted: July 10th, 2014, by Marg

Many Christians believe that the Trinity is a model for marriage. These Christians also believe that God has designed men and women to have different roles and operate in different “spheres”. Does the Trinity model or demonstrate these differences? Continue reading»

The Consensus and Context of 1 Timothy 2:12

Posted: July 2nd, 2014, by Marg

Here are my notes from a talk I gave on the 28th of June 2014 at a public meeting hosted by the Sydney chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Continue reading»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

Posted: June 23rd, 2014, by Marg

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before: all the women (except for one) had something in common. Continue reading»

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