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

1 Corinthians

Women’s Hair in Corinth and in Sydney

June 5th, 2017

Was Paul concerned about women’s hair or veils in ancient Corinth?
Would he be concerned about it in 21st-century Sydney?
I wrote this piece in response to the recent Equip 17 women’s conference. Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 11 and Subverted Hierarchy

October 7th, 2016

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul has a keen interest in setting up hierarchies of human honour, and then subverting them, as Matthew Malcolm shows in his concise, insightful and liberating post. Continue reading»

Extra Honour for Underdogs (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

August 31st, 2015

We need to put Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 into practice by honouring all equally (which means giving extra honour to those lacking it) and creating a community where all can contribute their gifts. Equality leads to unity. Continue reading»

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

June 1st, 2015

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»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

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»

1 Corinthians 11:9, in a Nutshell

January 26th, 2015

How are we to interpret “man was not created for woman, but woman for man”? Does 1 Corinthians 11:9 indicate that service or submission is the responsibility of women and not men? Continue reading»

A wife has no authority of her own body? (1 Cor. 7:4)

January 7th, 2015

In this short post I look at what Paul meant by “A wife/husband does not have authority of her/his body” in 1 Corinthians 7:4, a verse that has been terribly misapplied. Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 14:34-35, in a Nutshell

October 5th, 2014

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»

Apostles in the New Testament Church

July 20th, 2014

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»

Believing Wives and Female Co-workers of the Apostles

February 14th, 2014

Was Paul referring to wives of apostles or colleagues of apostles in 1 Corinthians 9:5? Was their role companionship or teaching Christian doctrine? Continue reading»

7 Lessons from the Ministry of Stephanas (1 Corinthians 16:15-18)

July 8th, 2013

In 1 Corinthians 16:15-18 Paul mentions Stephanas and his colleagues. In these verses Paul gives us insight into how he viewed their Christian service. There are a few lessons about Christian service and submission that can be gleaned here. Continue reading»

Equality and Unity in Ministry: 1 Corinthians 12

March 30th, 2013

In this message for Resurrection Sunday 2013, I look at Paul’s statements of equality and unity in ministry from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, including his instruction to give greater honour to those lacking it. Continue reading»

The Chiasm in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

November 20th, 2012

In this article I tackle another of the “difficult passages” about women. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a hard passage to understand, but it makes more sense when read as a chiasm. What are Paul’s concerns and instructions here? Continue reading»

Plutarch and Paul on Husbands and Wives

November 13th, 2012

As I was comparing Plutarch’s “Advice to the Bride and Groom” with First Corinthians for a recent assignment, it struck me how different Plutarch’s and Paul’s views were about the relationship between husbands and wives. It also struck me that many Christians sound much more like Plutarch, rather than Paul, in what they think and say about men and women and marriage. Continue reading»

Mutuality in Marriage: 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

June 26th, 2012

In 1 Corinthians chapter 7, Paul deals with the subjects of sex, marriage, divorce and singleness. Paul’s instructions here reveal his egalitarian views. Continue reading»

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