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

Statements from Prominent Biblical Scholars about Women in Ministry

Posted: June 30th, 2015, by Marg

John Stott, Leon Morris, F.F. Bruce, and many more prominent and well-respected theologians and biblical scholars, can hardly be accused of playing loose with the scriptures, but they all believed that gifted women should be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»

Galilee in the First Century CE

Posted: June 27th, 2015, by Marg

In this essay I look at three aspects of the social history of first century CE Galilee. This provides a context for the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, which mostly took place in Galilee around 30 CE. Continue reading»

Ephesians 5:22-33, in a Nutshell

Posted: June 21st, 2015, by Marg

In Ephesians 5:22-33 Paul makes several statements about the relationship between husbands and wives, and he presents the relationship between Jesus and his church as a model or example. In what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? Continue reading»

Freebies for Students of New Testament Greek

Posted: June 12th, 2015, by Marg

Here are some free online Greek texts and tools that I recommend. Continue reading»

The Domestic Intrigues & Political Power of Salome I, Sister of Herod the Great

Posted: June 8th, 2015, by Marg

Here’s the story of one very powerful and dangerous woman! Continue reading»

A Communal Proclamation (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

Posted: June 1st, 2015, by Marg

I believe that there is more to the Lord’s Supper than what is offered in many churches today. In this 8 minute video on “The Misunderstanding and Misuse of 1 Corinthians 11 during the Lord’s Supper”, Danny Zacharias addresses and corrects some misunderstandings and shortcomings of our abbreviated Communion and Eucharist celebrations. Continue reading»

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Ephesians 5:33)?

Posted: May 13th, 2015, by Marg

Some Christians are puzzled over Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:33 where he says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid of their husbands? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

Posted: April 26th, 2015, by Marg

Who was Chloe, a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian woman? Was she a concerned leader of a house church, or a quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

Freebies for Students of the New Testament

Posted: April 15th, 2015, by Marg

I’ve just discovered two free online courses (of videoed lectures). One is presented by Dale Martin of Yale, and the other is presented by Ronald Pierce of Biola University. Bonus: How to use and search Google Books. Continue reading»

Lydia and the ‘Place of Prayer’ at Philippi

Posted: April 14th, 2015, by Marg

What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some Jewish women, including Lydia, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Continue reading»

Count Z and an Egalitarian Revival

Posted: April 9th, 2015, by Marg

In this short article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who once stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Count Zinzendorf founded the (renewed) Moravians who excelled in evangelism and community life. Continue reading»

The Household Codes and Male Slaves with Female Masters

Posted: March 31st, 2015, by Marg

One thing that I have noticed in recent conversations, is that when people think of the “masters” mentioned in the NT household codes, they tend to think of men. Many masters in NT times, however, were women. Continue reading»

Is John Piper using emotional blackmail?

Posted: March 28th, 2015, by Marg

Up until now I haven’t written a post just on John Piper, but in this post I express my concerns about his lack of propriety and wisdom in a quote newly posted (yet again) on The Gospel Coalition’s website. Continue reading»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature, and 1 Timothy 2:13-14

Posted: March 9th, 2015, by Marg

In this post I provide links to ancient Gnostic works which present Eve in a very different light to that of the Bible. In these texts Eve is sometimes described as Adam’s teacher and as giving life to him in some way. And, unlike 1 Timothy 2:14a, she is rarely, if ever, referred to as a sinner. Do these works help us to better understand Paul’s intent in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? Continue reading»

Adam named Eve because . . .

Posted: February 12th, 2015, by Marg

Andrew Perriman critiques the complementarian notion that Adam naming Eve displays man’s authority over woman. Perriman explains that “naming in Scripture is a way of determining the essential character or identity or purpose of something or someone”, and he gives several examples from Genesis to prove his point. Continue reading»

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