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

The Difficult Passages

What must a woman do to be saved? (1 Tim. 2:15)

June 23rd, 2013

For some (hierarchical complementarian) Christians being a faithful follower of Jesus is not enough for a woman to be saved. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 1)

April 17th, 2013

This five part series takes a close look at 1 Timothy 2:12, at what it does and doesn’t say, as well as providing some cultural background.
Part 1 look at some of the pitfalls of using 1 Timothy 2:12 as the proof text on the issue of whether women can be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 2)

April 17th, 2013

To better understand Paul’s intention in 1 Timothy 2:12 it helps to understand the culture of the Ephesian people who Timothy was ministering to. This article takes a quick look at the goddess Artemis and her magnificent temple in Ephesus. Artemis had a huge influence on the Ephesians! Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 3)

April 17th, 2013

What was Paul’s primary purpose for writing his first letter to Timothy?
What was the problem in the Ephesian Church?
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»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 5)

April 17th, 2013

Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15? Continue reading»

The Chiasm in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

November 20th, 2012

In this article I tackle another of the “difficult passages” about women. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a hard passage to understand, but it makes more sense when read as a chiasm. What are Paul’s concerns and instructions here? Continue reading»

Questions about how to interpret and implement 1 Timothy 2:12

October 30th, 2012

Some Christians think that the prohibition of a woman teaching a man in 1 Timothy 2:12 is clear and straightforward in meaning. The various ways this prohibition is understood and implemented in churches seems to indicate otherwise.

The context and language of 1 Timothy 2:12 raises several important questions about how we should apply this verse. This article looks at some of these questions. It also looks at the implications of taking this verse as a universal and timeless imperative. [2000 words] 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»

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»

Interpretations and Applications of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

July 9th, 2011

In this article I present several summaries of a range of interpretations of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 proposed by well-known Bible scholars. These interpretations are examined in the light of the context of 1 Corinthians chapter 14, and in the context of the entire letter of First Corinthians. First-century Corinthian culture is also used to evaluate the validity of the various interpretations. [3000 words plus endnotes. ] Continue reading»

Women, Teaching, and Deception

February 18th, 2011

Is it logical to prohibit women from teaching grown men? What was the reason for Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Was it because Eve was deceived? [700 words] Continue reading»

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