Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Ephesians 5

Podcast with Ashley Easter and Charlie Olivia Grantham

February 9th, 2017

Last Monday I chatted with Ashley Easter and Charlie Olivia Grantham about Ephesians 5 and a little bit about my marriage. Here are links to a 16-minute podcast of our conversation. Continue reading»

Tertullian on Equality and Mutuality in Marriage

September 4th, 2016

Tertullian, famous for once describing women as “the devil’s gateway”, wrote some wonderful things about equality and mutuality in marriage. He did not regard the household code in Ephesians as either comprehensive or prescriptive. Continue reading»

The responsibilities of husbands in Ephesians 5

February 16th, 2016

Do husbands have a particular responsibility for the spiritual growth of their wives? Will husbands one day present their wives to Jesus in much the same way as Jesus will present the church to himself? (Cf. Eph. 5:25-27) Continue reading»

Ephesians 5:22-33, in a Nutshell

June 21st, 2015

In what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? What does Paul mean in Ephesians 5:22-33? Continue reading»

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Eph. 5:33)?

May 13th, 2015

In Ephesians 5:33 it says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Leon Morris on “Head” (Kephalē) in the New Testament

October 27th, 2013

The (late) esteemed New Testament scholar Leon Morris cautions us to not make hasty assumptions about the metaphorical meaning of “head” in the New Testament. Continue reading»

Mutual Submission is not a Myth

October 18th, 2013

Dear Dr Grudem, mutual submission is not a myth.
Submission is not always, or necessarily, to a person in authority (cf Ephesians 5:21-22). Continue reading»

Submission in Marriage

August 14th, 2012

What does submission mean? What does the Bible say about submission in marriage? Is wifely submission relevant in our society? Continue reading»

Paul’s Main Point in Ephesians 5:22-33

April 30th, 2012

Ephesians 5:22-33 is written as a chiasm with the main point in the centre of the passage. We misinterpret Ephesians 5:22-33 if we miss Paul’s main point. 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»

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