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»
In this post I have a go at answering these 5 questions about Adam’s prominence in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis:
1. Did God call the man only in Genesis 3:9?
2. Is it significant that God spoke to the man first in Genesis 3:9-12?
3. Did God drive the woman out of Eden too in Genesis 3:23-24?
4. Was it Adam’s responsibility to convey God’s command to the woman (Gen. 2:16-17)?
5. Does Adam’s task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20 suggest that he had more authority than the woman? Or even authority over the woman? Continue reading»
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»
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»
For some (hierarchical complementarian) Christians being a faithful follower of Jesus is not enough for a woman to be saved. Continue reading»
In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase. Continue reading»
Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15? Continue reading»
An obsession with gender is polarizing the sexes and dividing the Church. Some Christian ministers and ministries seem determined to emphasize gender differences. Adam, however, marvelled at the similarities between man and woman. Continue reading»
Many Christians have an almost sacramental view of church leaders and of the Sunday morning message. Even many evangelicals believe that only an ordained, priest-like man can preach a sermon from the “hallowed” pulpit. This sacramental view – and the traditions and jargon that goes with it – hinders many people from seeing the possibility that godly women may also teach and preach in congregational settings.
Here are links to a few previously posted articles which look at arguments commonly used to keep women out of church leadership, in particular, arguments that use the idea of a male-only priesthood. Continue reading»
I have a few posts on this website about women Bible scholars, translators and commentators and how the acceptance (or rejection) of these women and their ministries varies widely among complementarians. Michael Bird has written a paragraph on the discrepancies between the ideology and practice of some complementarians in allowing women to lead and teach men. I really like what he has to say about this, so I’ve quoted this paragraph in this post. Continue reading»
Today on facebook some of my internet friends were discussing an old blog post by Sarah Bubar. I’ve posted a response to the article here because it was too long for a facebook comment. Continue reading»
The body of Christ should function as a unity, and not a social hierarchy. [500 words] Continue reading»
Some Christians think that the prohibition of a woman teaching a man in 1 Timothy 2:12 is clear and straightforward in meaning. The various ways this prohibition is understood and implemented in churches seems to indicate otherwise.
The context and language of 1 Timothy 2:12 raises several important questions about how we should apply this verse. This article looks at some of these questions. It also looks at the implications of taking this verse as a universal and timeless imperative. [2000 words] Continue reading»
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»