Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Mutual Submission

Wives, mothers and female masters in the NT household codes

March 31st, 2015

When people think of the “masters” mentioned in the New Testament household codes, they tend to think of men. Many masters in NT times, however, were women. How does this realisation affect the notion of female submission? Continue reading»

A wife has no authority of her own body? (1 Cor. 7:4)

January 7th, 2015

In this short post I look at what Paul meant by “A wife/husband does not have authority of her/his body” in 1 Corinthians 7:4, a verse that has been terribly misapplied. Continue reading»

Wifely Submission and Holy Kisses

March 27th, 2014

Instructions for wifely submission and holy kisses are clearly given in the New Testament. Yet one concept is largely ignored while the other is highlighted. Why is that? 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»

Mutual Submission in Clement’s First Letter

October 6th, 2013

In this post I show how Clement used the word kephalē (head) in his letter, in the context of mutual submission, and I show how he regarded women. I briefly compare these points with Paul’s use of kephalē and how Paul regarded women. [1200 words] Continue reading»

The priority of wifely submission vs mutual submission

August 29th, 2013

Wifely submission is never mentioned in the OT or in the Gospels. It is mentioned, however, in a few of the later New Testament letters. These few mentions have typically been given priority over verses which are about mutuality in marriage. Why is that? Continue reading»

What do Egalitarian Christian Marriages look like?

February 12th, 2013

“What does it look like to live in a Christ-centered home committed to shared leadership and mutual submission, instead of gender hierarchies?”
This is the question writer and blogger Jenny Rae Armstrong asked her readers at the beginning of 2013. Jenny has since been posting readers’ responses to this question every Monday on her blog. If you’ve been wondering how egalitarian Christian marriages work, reading some of these real-life stories from real-life Christian couples is a great place to start. 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»

Towards Equality – My Story

August 16th, 2011

My personal account about how I went from thinking that a gender hierarchy in marriage and ministry was God’s design, to realising that equality and mutuality is scriptural and the ideal.

I have included some of my personal views on topics related to biblical equality or “Casteless Christianity”. [3000 words] Continue reading»

Double Standards in the Promotion & Practice of Submission

May 22nd, 2011

Do the concepts of wifely submission to husbands and the submission to governing authorities require that Christians put up with harmful people, practices, and policies? According to too many Christians, the answers are “yes” for wives and “no” for citizens. [900 words] Continue reading»

Power Struggles in Christian Marriage?

June 13th, 2010

Are power struggles between a Christian husband and wife an ordinary part of married life? Annoyingly, many Christian books on marriage presume so. [350 words] Continue reading»

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