Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

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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»

(5) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»

No Surprise: 1 Peter 4:12-19

October 3rd, 2013

[Week 16 study notes] 1 Peter 4:12 marks the beginning of a new section in First Peter. In verse 12 and the following few verses, Peter touches on subjects already mentioned in his letter. He writes about trials and tests, rejoicing though suffering, being blessed, doing good, and judgement.
This post is dedicated to Christians in Pakistan. Continue reading»

The “Shame” of the Unnamed Women of the Old Testament

September 12th, 2013

Why did the Old Testament authors, in particular, leave out the names of some Bible women? Weren’t these women important enough to be identified? Or are they, in fact, identified? Continue reading»

Equality and Unity in Ministry: 1 Corinthians 12

March 30th, 2013

In this message for Resurrection Sunday 2013, I look at Paul’s statements of equality and unity in ministry from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, including his instruction to give greater honour to those lacking it. Continue reading»

Pursue Peace – 1 Peter 3:8-16

July 27th, 2012

Peter reassures the persecuted Christians in Asia Minor that God is with them and watching over them, and he urges them to should seek peace and pursue it. Peter also tells the Christians to be ready to given an answer (apologia) about their faith to anyone who asks. 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»

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