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

Jesus’ Realm

The Status of Christian Women, in a Nutshell

October 14th, 2014

A short post on the status of Christian women, including why they, as well as Christian men, are sons of God and what this means. Continue reading»

Jesus had many female followers – many!

March 14th, 2014

I had imagined that only a few women accompanied Jesus during his ministry and only a few were with him at his crucifixion, but the gospel writers state that there were many women with Jesus – many! Continue reading»

“Go and work in my vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)

February 18th, 2014

In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who hires labourers to work in his vineyard. One message here is of equality in the kingdom. Continue reading»

Galatians 3:28: Our Identity in Christ & in the Church

December 12th, 2013

For 2000 years, many devout Jewish men have thanked God every morning saying: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” Paul may well have had this prayer in mind when he wrote Galatians 3:28.

Is Galatians 3:28 only referring to our identity and status before God? Or is it also about our identity and status in the Christian community (i.e. the church)? Continue reading»

The Kingdom of Heaven in the Here and Now and Future

June 3rd, 2013

In this post I share some Bible verses and thought about God’s Kingdom in the here and now and future, and I briefly state the Jewish understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading»

A Thrill of Hope: Jesus’ First and Second Advents

December 24th, 2012

What does oppression and the horrors of slavery in the song “O Holy Night” have to do with an innocent newborn baby in a manger? Continue reading»

The Early Church and Slavery

April 3rd, 2012

In this post I share a quote from Dr John T Bristow about how the early church mostly treated slaves with equity and sometimes even tried to free them. [500 words] Continue reading»

“Equality” in Paul’s Letters

November 15th, 2011

Paul wanted equality for all Christians and he wrote about this in his letters. In some verses equality was implied. In other verses the concept of equality was clearly stated. Equality was Paul’s goal (2 Corinthians 8:14, NIV 2011). Continue reading»

Gender Division Divides the Church

July 25th, 2011

Revelation 5:9-10 is about the universal and inclusive nature of the Church, and the priesthood of believers. Complementarians, however, divide the Church into two distinct groups, solely on the basis of gender. Continue reading»

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman – John 4:1-42

August 1st, 2009

In John’s fourth chapter we meet the Samaritan woman at the well, and read about her life-changing encounter with Jesus. She was very different to Nicodemus. A brief history of the Samaritans is included. Continue reading»

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