Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Deborah

The Queen of Sheba and 3 other Powerful Female Rulers in the Bible

November 15th, 2016

There were powerful women in Bible times. Some were godly, others were not. But nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God did not approve of these women leaders because they were female.

This article looks especially at the queen of the South (mentioned in the Old Testament and the gospels) and Bernice (mentioned in the book of Acts). Continue reading»

What’s in a Name? Deborah, Woman of Lappidoth

November 28th, 2015

Was Deborah the wife of Lappidoth, or from a town called Lappidoth? Or does “lappidoth” signify something quite different? And where does the name “Deborah” come from? Continue reading»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

June 23rd, 2014

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before. Continue reading»

15 reasons why I support women in church leadership

July 28th, 2013

There is only one verse in the entire Bible which appears to prohibit a woman from teaching a man and exercising authority. On the other hand there are many Bible verses which show that godly women did teach men and exercise authority. Here are 15 such women. 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»

Jezebel of Thyatira: A Female False Prophet

June 30th, 2012

Jezebel of Thyatira is a prophetess and teacher mentioned in Revelation 2:20ff. What does her example brings to the discussion about women in ministry? Continue reading»

Deborah and the “no available men” argument

June 28th, 2012

Deborah is described in the Bible as a prophet and leader of Israel. Some say that God only chose her because there were no suitable men available. Is this true? Continue reading»

Paul’s Masculine and Feminine Leadership

May 17th, 2012

Some people believe that being a leader is a man’s role and that it is unfeminine for women to be leaders. Does the Bible teach that leadership is masculine?

In 1 Thessalonians chapter 2, Paul described his apostolic ministry in both maternal and paternal terms. In Numbers 11:12, Moses described his ministry in maternal terms. It seems that God does not want his people led in a purely paternal or masculine manner. [1000 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»

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»

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