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Male Headship

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»

“Head” and “Headship” in Genesis 1-3

October 1st, 2015

Is the concept of “male headship” present in Genesis chapters 1-3 as some complementarians argue? How is the Hebrew word for “head” (rosh) used in these three chapters? 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»

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»

Is a Benevolent Patriarchy Good for God’s People?

August 8th, 2013

Apartheid, slavery, and patriarchy are three social systems where one group of people is more powerful than the other group. Does God want these systems operating in the community of his people? What about if they are administered with kindness? [350 words] Continue reading»

Wade Burleson on Christian Leadership in Hebrews 13

July 22nd, 2013

In this post I link to a video where Wade Burleson explains that there is no Greek word for “over” in the verses about church leaders in Hebrews chapter 13. Continue reading»

Authority in the Church

December 3rd, 2012

Many Christians are concerned with who has authority in the church. In particular they are concerned about whether a woman can have authority over a man. This short article answers the question: Who has authority in the church? Continue reading»

Who is the “head”?

August 11th, 2012

This is a critique of Mary Kassian’s article “Sex in the Shadowlands” in which she applies the word “head” to more than God, Jesus, and husbands. 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»

Is God Male or Masculine?

June 22nd, 2011

God is typically referred to in the Bible with masculine pronouns such as “he”, and with masculine terms such as “father”. Does this language mean that God is male or masculine? Continue reading»

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