Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Biblical Equality

Qualified for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

January 31st, 2016

A thorough knowledge of Scripture is an important qualification for many ministries.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, which mentions this qualification, does not exclude women like Priscilla who was a well-qualified woman of God ministering in Ephesus. 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»

My Perspective of Christian Egalitarianism

October 20th, 2014

I’ve come across comments from a few people which indicate that some Christians have a mistaken view of the Christian Egalitarian ideology. So I’ve written this post to briefly explain my perspective of what Christian Egalitarians believe. Continue reading»

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

July 10th, 2014

Some Christians believe the Trinity is a model for marriage. Does the Trinity model distinct roles and separate spheres? Is there a hierarchy and subordination in the Divine? Continue reading»

How to Keep Friends and Influence People

June 21st, 2014

Here are some tips on how to maintain good relationships with Christian family and friends who hold to different, even opposing, views on so-called “gender roles”. Continue reading»

Male-Female Pairs and Parallelism in Luke’s Gospel

April 8th, 2014

Luke often presents the material in his gospel using male-female pairs. He paired people, parables and points in order to highlight an important principle concerning gender. Luke’s aim was to show that Jesus included women in every aspect of the gospel. 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»

“Go and work in my vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)

February 18th, 2014

In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who hires labourers to work in his vineyard. One message here is of equality in the kingdom. Continue reading»

Galatians 3:28: Our Identity in Christ & in the Church

December 12th, 2013

For 2000 years, many devout Jewish men have thanked God every morning saying: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” Paul may well have had this prayer in mind when he wrote Galatians 3:28.

Is Galatians 3:28 only referring to our identity and status before God? Or is it also about our identity and status in the Christian community (i.e. the church)? Continue reading»

Gender Equality in Second Clement

December 3rd, 2013

In Second Clement (written around 150 AD) the author indicates that authenticity, transparency, and gender equality in the church are necessary for God’s kingdom to come. What do you make of it? Continue reading»

Men and Women in Genesis 1

August 31st, 2013

Genesis 1 tells us about God’s creation of men and women, and their equal status and function. This message of equality is lost in some interpretations tainted by ancient Greek influences. Continue reading»

The priority of wifely submission vs mutual submission

August 29th, 2013

Wifely submission is never mentioned in the OT or in the Gospels. It is mentioned, however, in a few of the later New Testament letters. These few mentions have typically been given priority over verses which are about mutuality in marriage. Why is that? Continue reading»

Is a Benevolent Patriarchy Good for God’s People?

August 8th, 2013

Apartheid, slavery, and patriarchy are three social systems where one group of people is more powerful than the other group. Does God want these systems operating in the community of his people? What about if they are administered with kindness? [350 words] Continue reading»

Some girls want to fly paper airplanes too

August 5th, 2013

Some girls want to fly paper airplanes, and some girls are very brave, but a 2011 study put out by Desiring God suggests these roles are for boys. Continue reading»

Single and Equal

June 13th, 2013

I read this candid comment today from Samira, a single Christian woman, and I want to share it. She says a lot here, in very few words, about some of her struggles and hopes. Continue reading»

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