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Women in Ministry Debate

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 1)

April 21st, 2016

In Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers (late 1st and early 2nd centuries) we discover that women were active in ministry in the church at Smyrna. Part 1 looks at Alke (or Alce) of Smyrna. Continue reading»

The Means of Ministry: Gifts, Grace, Faith . . . Gender?

November 22nd, 2015

If Paul had meant for only men to be leaders and teachers, why doesn’t he mention this in his lists of ministries in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:28, and Ephesians 4:11? Continue reading»

Church cultures that include and exclude women leaders

October 25th, 2015

One reason why some Christians reject the idea that women were leaders in a few New Testament churches is a poor understanding of how the first Christian communities fellowshipped and functioned. Continue reading»

Contexts of Women’s Leadership in the Church (40-200 AD)

September 22nd, 2015

The social world of the Roman Empire was patriarchal. Women were typically thought to be less capable than men, yet they were able to lead in certain contexts. This article describes four of these social contexts. Continue reading»

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»

Prominent Biblical Scholars on Women in Ministry

June 30th, 2015

Leon Morris, F.F. Bruce, and many more prominent and well-respected biblical scholars, can hardly be accused of playing loose with the scriptures, but they all believed that suitably gifted women should be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

June 16th, 2015

More than a century ago, church historian Adolf Harnack was honest and approving in his appraisal of the ministry of certain women named in the New Testament. Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

Chloe is a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian? A concerned house church leader or the quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

Count Zinzendorf and an Egalitarian Revival

April 9th, 2015

In this article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who once stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Continue reading»

The First Century Church & the Ministry of Women

October 8th, 2014

It is helpful to have some insight into the values and customs of the first Christians, and some appreciation of how they organised their meetings and ministries, if we are to have a better understanding of the setting, context, and meaning of the New Testament letters. In this article I provide a brief overview of church life in the first century, and I highlight the ministry contributions of women. 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»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

June 23rd, 2014

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before. Continue reading»

Likewise women . . . likewise husbands . . .

November 14th, 2013

Ignoring or highlighting an ordinary word, in this case “likewise”, can make a BIG difference in how we interpret certain New Testament passages that affect women.
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15 reasons why I support women in church leadership

July 28th, 2013

There is only one verse in the entire Bible which appears to prohibit a woman from teaching a man and exercising authority. On the other hand there are many Bible verses which show that godly women did teach men and exercise authority. Here are 15 such women. Continue reading»

The Propriety of Bible Women with Authority

April 19th, 2013

“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger
In this post I list approximately forty Bible women who were queens, leaders, teachers, and prophets, as well as ministry associates of the Apostle Paul. Who were these influential women? And how was their authority and ministry received by men? Continue reading»

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