Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


The Courage of Asia Bibi and the Cowardice of the Pakistani Judiciary

October 18th, 2014

I am stunned, saddened, and outraged that Christian woman Asia Bibi has lost her appeal to the High Court in Pakistan and has been condemned to death . . . to death!
Here is a brief summary of the situation and a link to a petition that asks for the pardon and release of Asia. Continue reading»

Communion, Community, and Solidarity with our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters

August 17th, 2014

Back in the first century, Communion was a way for the early Christians to express their solidarity as a group of Jesus-followers in an often hostile world. The Lord’s Supper is still a way we can show our solidarity with our fellow Jesus-followers who are being persecuted. Continue reading»

Female Martyrs and their Ministry in the Early Church

May 2nd, 2014

A post about female martyrs in the early church, including Blandina and Perpetua: “those who have conformed themselves to Christ, even in death.” 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»

Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-3

May 11th, 2011

In these few verses Peter reveals that each member of the Trinity has a role in salvation: the Father’s role is choosing, the Holy Spirit’s role is sanctifying, and the Son’s role was to be the redemptive sacrifice. But we have a role too. Continue reading»

An Introduction to Peter’s First Letter

April 12th, 2011

Here’s an introduction to 1 Peter looking at who the letter was written by, who the letter was written to, and where the letter was written from.

It also looks at the key theme of 1 Peter – suffering for being a Christian. Continue reading»

Motives in Ministry – Philippians 1:12-18

May 1st, 2010

Today it is obvious that some ministers are using ministry as a way to get rich and famous. How do you feel about people who minister with motives of wealth, power or prestige?

How did Paul feel about Christian ministers who were motivated by selfish ambition? Continue reading»

Suffering and Standing – Philippians 1:27-30

May 1st, 2010

This week we look (1) at the influence of church leaders, (2) at unity and (3) at suffering. Continue reading»

Paul’s Hebrew Heritage – Philippians 3:4-8

May 1st, 2010

Paul had invested many years and much effort in strenuously studying and following Pharisaical Judaism. However, he willingly relinquished and forfeited all the advantages and privileges of his heritage and training. In fact, Paul saw the advantages as disadvantages and the privileges as liabilities. Paul had come to realise that following the traditions of Judaism, or any amount of human effort, was not able to earn him salvation or enable him to gain Christ. Continue reading»

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