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Priscilla

Were there women elders in New Testament churches?

January 9th, 2017

Three times this past week I’ve been in online conversations where a person has stated that women were not leaders or elders in early churches. Was this really the case? Continue reading»

Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

December 29th, 2016

Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia were Christian ministers who sometimes travelled. The NT shows that, at the very least, their paths crossed one or twice. Did these women become friends? I hope so. Continue reading»

Qualified for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

January 31st, 2016

A thorough knowledge of Scripture is an important qualification for many ministries.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, which mentions this qualification, does not exclude women like Priscilla who was a well-qualified woman of God ministering in Ephesus. Continue reading»

At Home with Priscilla and Aquila

November 11th, 2015

What does the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila to Apollos reveal? (Acts 18:18-28). How did others feel about the couple and their ministry? (Romans 16:3-5) Continue reading»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

June 16th, 2015

More than a century ago, church historian Adolf Harnack was honest and approving in his appraisal of the ministry of certain women named in the New Testament. Continue reading»

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

November 25th, 2014

In Part 6 we look at more evidence that deacons in the apostolic and post-apostolic period were travelling envoys and agents, and that some were teachers. Continue reading»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

June 23rd, 2014

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before. Continue reading»

15 reasons why I support women in church leadership

July 28th, 2013

There is only one verse in the entire Bible which appears to prohibit a woman from teaching a man and exercising authority. On the other hand there are many Bible verses which show that godly women did teach men and exercise authority. Here are 15 such women. Continue reading»

The Propriety of Bible Women with Authority

April 19th, 2013

“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger
In this post I list approximately forty Bible women who were queens, leaders, teachers, and prophets, as well as ministry associates of the Apostle Paul. Who were these influential women? And how was their authority and ministry received by men? Continue reading»

A Critique of John Dickson’s “Hearing Her Voice”

January 16th, 2013

“Hearing Her Voice” by John Dickson is one of three ebooks in the series “Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry” that were released on Christmas/Boxing Day 2012. In his book, John argues that women can speak – preach, exhort, exposit Scripture, prophecy, pray, etc – in church meetings. Continue reading»

King Lemuel’s Mother: The Other Proverbs 31 Woman

July 19th, 2012

King Lemuel’s mother is one of two women mentioned in Proverbs 31. These Bible women, and others, serve as models for godly women, especially those who teach. Continue reading»

Jezebel of Thyatira: A Female False Prophet

June 30th, 2012

Jezebel of Thyatira is a prophetess and teacher mentioned in Revelation 2:20ff. What does her example brings to the discussion about women in ministry? Continue reading»

Paul’s Greetings to Women Ministers

June 7th, 2012

This article looks at the women Paul greeted in his letters, including ten women mentioned in Romans 16. His greetings show that Paul did not have a problem with women in ministry. Continue reading»

Working Women in the NT: Priscilla, Lydia & Phoebe

November 1st, 2011

What does the Bible say about working women? Does God want women to stay out of the workforce and stay at home? What is the position that Complementarians, such as John Piper, take on the subject of work and working women? Continue reading»

Ben Witherington on “Jesus and Women”

November 23rd, 2010

Watch Ben Witherington III (Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky) talk to Simon Smart from the Centre for Public Christianity, about the revolutionary nature of Jesus’ (and Paul’s) treatment of women. [video] Continue reading»

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