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


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 in Clement’s First Letter

October 6th, 2013

In this post I show how Clement used the word kephalē (head) in his letter, in the context of mutual submission, and I show how he regarded women. I briefly compare these points with Paul’s use of kephalē and how Paul regarded women. [1200 words] Continue reading»

7 Lessons from the Ministry of Stephanas (1 Corinthians 16:15-18)

July 8th, 2013

In 1 Corinthians 16:15-18 Paul mentions Stephanas and his colleagues. In these verses Paul gives us insight into how he viewed their Christian service. There are a few lessons about Christian service and submission that can be gleaned here. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 4)

April 17th, 2013

In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase. 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»

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»

Paul’s Main Point in Ephesians 5:22-33

April 30th, 2012

Ephesians 5:22-33 is written as a chiasm with the main point in the centre of the passage. We misinterpret Ephesians 5:22-33 if we miss Paul’s main point. 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»

Submission and Respect from Wives – 1 Peter 3:1-6

April 24th, 2012

In 1 Peter 3:1-6, Peter resumes the theme of submission. This time he addresses wives. 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»

Silencing Slander – 1 Peter 2:11-17

January 31st, 2012

The true status of Peter’s readers was that of a holy people belonging to a holy God. In view of their true status, Peter tells his readers to abstain from sinful desires of the flesh. What are these “desires of the flesh”? Also, Peter gives advice about silencing slander.

This week’s passage contains one of my favourite verses in Scripture – 1 Peter 2:16 – which presents an interesting paradox. Continue reading»

The Trinity and Marriage

October 28th, 2011

Here are 4 reasons why I’m staying out of gender discussions which use the Trinity as a model for marriage. Continue reading»

Gender Bias in the New Living Translation (NLT)

October 11th, 2011

The New Living Translation (NLT) gives the impression of being supportive of Christian women because it has frequently translated adelphoi into “brothers and sisters”. However, the translation also promotes the concept of male authority in the church. Continue reading»

Kephalē and “Male Headship” in Paul’s Letters

September 18th, 2011

This article answers the question: Does Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:23, “the husband is the head of the wife”, mean that the husband has leadership or authority over his wife? Continue reading»

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