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

Fluid leadership vs rigid gender roles

Posted: July 28th, 2015, by Marg

Some Christians have a faulty notion of gender roles, which is based on an equally faulty notion of leadership. In this tiny post I share two quotes on the nature of leadership. Continue reading»

Complementarianism and Same-Sex Friendships

Posted: July 26th, 2015, by Marg

The complementarian ideology that men are designed to lead, and women are designed to submit to male leadership, has many drawbacks, but in this post I highlight just one of them. Continue reading»

Men, Please stop trying to elevate women

Posted: July 7th, 2015, by Marg

I have come across the concept of men elevating, or raising, women a few times and it has never sat right with me. It has usually sounded condescending and patronising, rather than encouraging and empowering. Now I understand why this concept has irked me. Continue reading»

Prominent Biblical Scholars on 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

According to Ephesians 5:22-33,, in what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? Continue reading»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

Posted: June 16th, 2015, by Marg

More than a century ago, church historian Adolf Harnack was honest and approving in his appraisal of the ministry of certain women named in the New Testament. 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 Intrigues of Salome I, Sister of Herod the Great

Posted: June 8th, 2015, by Marg

Salome I, the sister of Herod the Great was one very powerful and dangerous woman. This article highlights her domestic intrigues and political power. 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, Danny Zacharias addresses some misunderstandings and shortcomings of our abbreviated Communion and Eucharist celebrations. Continue reading»

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

Posted: May 13th, 2015, by Marg

In Ephesians 5:33 it says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

Posted: April 26th, 2015, by Marg

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

Freebies for Students of the New Testament

Posted: April 15th, 2015, by Marg

Here are links to two free online courses of videoed lectures. One is presented by Dale Martin of Yale, the other by Ronald Pierce of Biola. Bonus: A tutorial on how to use 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 article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Continue reading»

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