Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Can a woman be a pastor?

Church cultures that include and exclude women leaders

October 25th, 2015

One reason why some Christians reject the idea that women were leaders in a few New Testament churches is a poor understanding of how the first Christian communities fellowshipped and functioned. Continue reading»

Complementarians & Bible Commentaries Written by Women

October 21st, 2012

Complementarians believe that women cannot be pastors and Bible teachers, yet some read Bible commentaries and theological books written by women. How does that work? Continue reading»

Shepherds and Harvesters in the Harvest Field

June 2nd, 2012

Plenty of people are “distressed, dispirited, and without a shepherd”, and the harvest has never been more plentiful (Matt. 9:36-37). Do we ask God to send only male workers into the harvest field? 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»

Towards Equality – My Story

August 16th, 2011

My personal account about how I went from thinking that a gender hierarchy in marriage and ministry was God’s design, to realising that equality and mutuality is scriptural and the ideal.

I have included some of my personal views on topics related to biblical equality or “Casteless Christianity”. [3000 words] Continue reading»

Euodia and Syntyche: Women Church Leaders at Philippi

August 4th, 2011

Who were Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3)? Were they leaders of the Philippian church?
Early Church Father John Chrysostom seemed to think so. [1500 words] Continue reading»

Are there women pastors in the New Testament?

July 17th, 2011

Can you name a woman who is called a pastor in the New Testament?
Can you name a man who is called a pastor in the New Testament? [500 words] Continue reading»

Old Testament Priests & New Testament Ministers

May 1st, 2011

The fact that only men were permitted to serve as priests in the Old Testament is sometimes used to argue that women cannot be church leaders. There are several significant shortcomings in this argument, however. Continue reading»

Wayne Grudem on What Women Should Do in the Church

April 15th, 2011

In an 1995 article, Wayne Grudem gives his opinion on what women should do in the church by ranking 83 ministries in order of decreasing authority. Grudem’s lists reveal whether he really thinks men and women are equal. Continue reading»

Who was the Chosen Lady in 2 John?

January 29th, 2011

John addressed his second letter “to the chosen lady and to her children”. Who this “chosen lady” was. Was her name Electa, Kyria, Martha, or Mary? Was she a mother, a church, or a house church leader? Continue reading»

Did Priscilla Teach Apollos?

September 11th, 2010

This article looks at who Priscilla and Aquila were, and it explores the meaning of the Greek word for “explain” used in Acts 18:24-26. This article answers the question “Did Priscilla teach Apollos?” 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»

Women Church Leaders in the New Testament

July 28th, 2010

In this article I show that several women in the New Testament were church leaders with the Ephesians 4:11 ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers. Continue reading»

Ministers at Philippi: Women and Men – Philippians 4:2-5

May 1st, 2010

Women and men ministered together in the Philippian church. Who were these ministers? Continue reading»

Junia in Romans 16:7

April 1st, 2010

This article is about Junia – a minister mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:7 – using and critiquing the ESV as a reference. Was Junia a woman? Was s/he really an apostle or just well-known to the apostles? Continue reading»

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