Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Royal Priesthood

A Collection of Articles on the Male Priesthood & Women Ministers

March 25th, 2013

Many Christians have an almost sacramental view of church leaders and of the Sunday morning message. Even many evangelicals believe that only an ordained, priest-like man can preach a sermon from the “hallowed” pulpit. This sacramental view – and the traditions and jargon that goes with it – hinders many people from seeing the possibility that godly women may also teach and preach in congregational settings.

Here are links to a few previously posted articles which look at arguments commonly used to keep women out of church leadership, in particular, arguments that use the idea of a male-only priesthood. Continue reading»

The Twelve Apostles were All Male

May 2nd, 2012

This article looks at several shortcomings to the argument “Jesus’ twelve apostles were all male, so women cannot be church leaders.” Continue reading»

Is it only men who can represent Jesus?

January 2nd, 2012

Some Christians believe that, because Jesus is a man, only men can represent Jesus to their churches and congregations. Does the fact that Jesus is male preclude women from being church leaders?

This article looks at some of the flaws in these beliefs, and it answers the question: Is it only men who can represent Jesus? Continue reading»

Marvelous Descriptions of God’s People — 1 Peter 2:4-10

December 14th, 2011

Peter encouraged the recipients of his letter by telling them that, like Jesus, they were rejected, selected, precious and living stones. He also referred to them as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own possession. What is the significance of these wonderful descriptions? 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»

Old Testament Priests & New Testament Ministers

May 1st, 2011

The fact that only men were permitted to serve as priests in the Old Testament is sometimes used to argue that women cannot be church leaders. There are several significant shortcomings in this argument, however. Continue reading»

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