Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Slavery

Extra Honour for Underdogs (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

August 31st, 2015

We need to put Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 into practice by honouring all equally (which means giving extra honour to those lacking it) and creating a community where all can contribute their gifts. Equality leads to unity. Continue reading»

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»

“Workers at home” or “keepers at home” in Titus 2:5?

September 23rd, 2014

Titus 2:5 contains a word which is usually translated as “workers at home”, but the King James Bible has “keepers at home”. Which is the correct phrase? Is anything special meant by “keepers at home”? 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»

A Thrill of Hope: Jesus’ First and Second Advents

December 24th, 2012

What does oppression and the horrors of slavery in the song “O Holy Night” have to do with an innocent newborn baby in a manger? Continue reading»

The Suffering Servants – 1 Peter 2:18-25

April 19th, 2012

The Christian servants in Asia Minor were suffering unjustly, so Peter encourages and inspires them with the example of Jesus Christ – the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. Continue reading»

The Early Church and Slavery

April 3rd, 2012

In this post I share a quote from Dr John T Bristow about how the early church mostly treated slaves with equity and sometimes even tried to free them. [500 words] Continue reading»

“Equality” in Paul’s Letters

November 15th, 2011

Paul wanted equality for all Christians and he wrote about this in his letters. In some verses equality was implied. In other verses the concept of equality was clearly stated. Equality was Paul’s goal (2 Corinthians 8:14, NIV 2011). Continue reading»

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