Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Authority

What was the ‘job description’ of Jesus’ apostles?

August 29th, 2014

One subject that I keep mulling over is what it means to be a leader and have authority in the church. Did Jesus commission his first disciples to be church leaders? What was their job description? Continue reading»

Jesus’ Teaching on Leadership & Community in Matthew’s Gospel

February 27th, 2014

Jesus’ teaching on leadership and community, in several passages of Matthew’s gospel, shows that Jesus promoted the social values of humility and equality. In Jesus’ kingdom the humble are exalted, the lowly are the greatest, and the last are first. Continue reading»

The Propriety of Bible Women with Authority

April 19th, 2013

“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger
In this post I list approximately forty Bible women who were queens, leaders, teachers, and prophets, as well as ministry associates of the Apostle Paul. Who were these influential women? And how was their authority and ministry received by men? Continue reading»

Authority in the Church

December 3rd, 2012

Many Christians are concerned with who has authority in the church. In particular they are concerned about whether a woman can have authority over a man. This short article answers the question: Who has authority in the church? Continue reading»

The Twelve Apostles were All Male

May 2nd, 2012

This article looks at several shortcomings to the argument “Jesus’ twelve apostles were all male, so women cannot be church leaders.” Continue reading»

Is it only men who can represent Jesus?

January 2nd, 2012

Some Christians believe that, because Jesus is a man, only men can represent Jesus to their churches and congregations. Does the fact that Jesus is male preclude women from being church leaders?

This article looks at some of the flaws in these beliefs, and it answers the question: Is it only men who can represent Jesus? Continue reading»

Kephalē and “Male Headship” in Paul’s Letters

September 18th, 2011

This article answers the question: Does Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:23, “the husband is the head of the wife”, mean that the husband has leadership or authority over his wife? Continue reading»

Bible Women with Spiritual Authority

October 12th, 2010

Some believe that it is only men who have been given spiritual authority by God. This article looks at a few Bible women who received authority from God. Continue reading»

Paul’s Qualifications for Church Leaders (1 Timothy 3)

August 5th, 2010

Some people think the moral qualifications for church leaders recorded in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 were written about men and apply only to men. Can only men be church leaders? Continue reading»

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