In this message for Resurrection Sunday 2013, I look at Paul’s statements of equality and unity in ministry from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, including his instruction to give greater honour to those lacking it.
Here are links to a few articles which look at arguments related to a male-only priesthood, arguments that effectively keep women out of church leadership.
According to the late Dr David M. Scholer, a former New Testament professor at Fuller, here are the top ten reasons men should not be ordained as ministers.
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.
Christians have been waiting almost 2000 years for Jesus to return to earth.
But what if Jesus is waiting for us? Is he waiting for us to bring shalom?
[Week 15 notes] Peter ends the second section of his letter with the statement: “The end of all things is near”. The knowledge that the end, consummation, completion of everything is near is a great motivator. It should motivate, inspire and inform our behaviour, values and ethics.
If you’re wondering how egalitarian Christian marriages work, reading some of these real-life stories from Christian couples is a great place to start.
In this short post I quote Michael Bird who notes discrepancies between the ideology and practice of some complementarians regarding women leading and teaching men.
Today on facebook some of my internet friends were discussing an old blog post by Sarah Bubar. I’ve posted a response to the article here because it was too long for a facebook comment.
Here are some misogynist quotations from well-known church fathers, theologians & reformers that do not in any way reflect what the Bible says about women.
Some Christians seem to enjoy thinking and speaking about God’s Judgement, other Christians avoid the subject altogether. Both positions are a mistake.
In his 2012 book “Hearing Her Voice,” John Dickson argues that women can speak in church meetings: women can preach, exhort, exposit Scripture, prophecy, pray, etc.
When some Christians, such as complementarians, use the word “roles” (as in “gender roles”) do they mean “rank” or some kind of gender hierarchy?
Does the New Testament teach that men and women have different roles in church based solely on gender? Are some ministries too important for women?
Kathy Keller argues that women are prohibited from just one kind of speaking ministry and from holding one kind of position in the church.
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?
In this post I look at Salome, the daughter of Herodias, who “danced” for Herod Antipas. How old was she? Did she actually dance? Was she out to deliberately seduce her step-father? What became of her?
Many Christians are concerned with who has authority in the church. In particular they are concerned about whether a woman can have authority over a man. Who has authority in the church?
When I google “Bible Women” into Google Australia a drop down field gives me three suggestions to narrow the search. I’m disturbed by Google’s suggestions. It shows that the Church is failing to get the message across that women and men are equal. [300 words]
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a difficult passage to understand, but it makes more sense when read as a chiasm. What are Paul’s concerns and instructions here?
As I was reading Plutarch’s “Advice to the Bride and Groom”, it struck me that many Christians sound much more like Plutarch, rather than Paul, in what they say about men and women and marriage.