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Submission in Marriage

Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

May 24th, 2016

Churches which misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did Jesus teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue, from scripture, that he didn’t Continue reading»

Ephesians 5:22-33, in a Nutshell

June 21st, 2015

In what way (or ways) is the relationship between Jesus and the church a model for marriage? What does Paul mean in Ephesians 5:22-33? Continue reading»

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Eph. 5:33)?

May 13th, 2015

In Ephesians 5:33 it says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid? What is the connection between fear and respect? 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»

Egalitarian Books and Resources on Christian Marriage

July 14th, 2014

Here are ten books, or resources, on Christian marriage that are suitable for engaged and married couples, marriage counselors and coaches, and pastors. They all have an egalitarian, or mutualist, perspective.

Do you have experience with these resources? Are there others that should be added to this list? Continue reading»

Separate Spheres & Distinct Roles in the Trinity & in Marriage? (John 5:18-30)

July 10th, 2014

Some Christians believe the Trinity is a model for marriage. Does the Trinity model distinct roles and separate spheres? Is there a hierarchy and subordination in the Divine? Continue reading»

Submission, Calvinism and Chauvinism in the Dictionary

June 9th, 2014

In this post I look at synonyms for the word “submit”, and at the shared etymology of the words “chauvinism” and “Calvinism”. [700 words] 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»

“Busy at Home”: How does Titus 2:4-5 apply today?

June 11th, 2013

In this article I look at the instructions in Titus 2:4-5 which Paul gave to the young Christian wives at Crete, and determine what the timeless principles are. Continue reading»

Abigail: A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains

March 8th, 2013

Abigail was a smart, strong Bible woman who helped her husband by going against his wishes. She is just one of many prophetic women who God used for his purposes. Continue reading»

The Complementarian Concept of “The Created Order”

October 20th, 2012

In support of their views of male authority and female submission, Complementarians place a great deal of importance on the created order related in Genesis 2:4-25. Continue reading»

Giving the Church a Bad Name

August 30th, 2012

Some Sydney Anglicans have caused a kerfuffle by bringing their pet doctrine of “wifely submission” into the public arena this week. If Peter Jensen isn’t shy about continuing the debate on this subject, I guess I shouldn’t be shy either. 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»

Mutuality in Marriage: 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

June 26th, 2012

In 1 Corinthians chapter 7, Paul deals with the subjects of sex, marriage, divorce and singleness. Paul’s instructions here reveal his egalitarian views. Continue reading»

Submission and Respect from Husbands – 1 Peter 3:7-8

April 26th, 2012

Many Christians believe that submission in marriage is the duty only of wives. In 1 Peter 3:7 Peter comes very close to saying that husbands are to be submissive to their wives too. Continue reading»

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