Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Gender Roles

Do women have a special obligation to be helpers?

March 9th, 2016

Does “a suitable helper for him” in Genesis 2:18 & 20 speak about a defining gender role for women? Does the Bible teach that all women are the auxiliaries, or helpers, of men? Continue reading»

How Christian Egalitarians understand “Equality”

March 3rd, 2016

A common misunderstanding about what Christian egalitarians believe concerns the words “equal” and “equality”. How do egalitarians understand and use these words? Continue reading»

Complementarianism and Same-Sex Friendships

July 26th, 2015

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»

Men, please stop trying to ‘elevate’ women

July 7th, 2015

I have come across the concept of men elevating, or raising, women a few times and it has never sat right with me. It has usually sounded condescending and patronising, rather than encouraging and empowering. Now I understand why this concept has irked me. Continue reading»

Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

August 18th, 2014

Here is a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on so-called ‘biblical womanhood’. In this article Jenny Rae Armstrong writes that “the privileged frivolities of Western homemaking” have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus. Continue reading»

5 questions about Adam’s role in Genesis 2 and 3

August 11th, 2014

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»

25 Biblical Roles for Biblical Women

September 7th, 2013

Here is list of biblical roles and activities of real-life Bible women. 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»

Add Women, Change Everything

July 9th, 2013

Carolyn Custis James recently posted this article about why it is so important for women to be included as equals in ministry. She writes, “The high price of the missing female perspective is incalculable.” Continue reading»

What must a woman do to be saved? (1 Tim. 2:15)

June 23rd, 2013

For some (hierarchical complementarian) Christians being a faithful follower of Jesus is not enough for a woman to be saved. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 4)

April 17th, 2013

In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 5)

April 17th, 2013

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»

Gender Obsessions: Emphasizing our Differences or our Similarities?

April 8th, 2013

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»

Role or Rank?

January 14th, 2013

The body of Christ should function as a unity, and not a social hierarchy. [500 words] Continue reading»

Gender Roles and Speaking Ministries in the Church

January 12th, 2013

Does the New Testament teach that men and women have different roles in church based solely on gender? Are some ministries too important for women? Continue reading»

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