Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

About

Margaret Mowczko BTh MA

Here’s a little bit about me. My first name is Margaret, or Marg (with a hard “g”), and my last name is pronounced “Moss-koh.” I’m married to Peter and we have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. (I love being a Nana!) We all live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, about 60 kilometres north of Sydney, Australia.

I first learned about what it means to be a Christian at a camp almost 50 years ago, when I was about 10 years old. A speaker at the camp told me that being a Christian wasn’t primarily about believing in a certain set of values or beliefs; it was about having a real relationship with God himself, which Jesus made possible by dealing with the problem of sin with his sacrificial death on the cross. It was also in that meeting that I heard about the Holy Spirit for the first time. This message of Christianity made perfect sense to me and I wanted in.

The Good News of Jesus still makes sense to me as I keep learning, as my relationship with God deepens, and as I’ve been involved in various ministries.

I am also interested and involved in discussions about women in ministry. My story of how I became persuaded of the equality and mutuality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry is here. (This article also contains some of my views on topics related to equality.)

I have a theology degree (BTh) from the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM) and a masters degree (MA) with a specialisation in early Christian and Jewish studies from Macquarie University. (My thesis on deacons and Phoebe of Cenchrea won an award.) I spend a lot of my time on my computer, studying, writing, and replying to people who contact me through the internet.

My personal vision statement is: “to be conformed to the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29), which unfortunately won’t happen in this lifetime, but it will happen (1 John 3:2).

My personal mission statements are: (1) “to be as close to God as I possibly can be, to be filled with the Holy Spirit as much as I can be, and encourage others to do the same,” and (2) “To be a Kingdom agent wherever I am.”

I hope you will take the time to look through some of my articles or use my Bible study notes on Philippians or 1 Peter. Please contact me through the Contact page or Facebook if you would like me to speak at your event. You can find me on social media on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Linkedin.

My hope is that this website will help Jesus’ followers thrive in the new life he offers us.

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Endorsements

“Kudos to Margaret Mowczko who makes difficult concepts accessible to people who don’t have specialized training. I just recommended her website to a church that is studying the topic of women in ministry.”
Dr Cynthia Long Westfall, Associate Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College and author of Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ.

“I am regularly contacted by conservative pastors who have become open to women’s leadership and who want books and articles to help broaden their perspective. I just recommend the awesome Marg Mowczko’s site, a one-stop shop for all things egalitarian.”
Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney.

“Anyone with an interest in biblical gender equality will flourish from the work of Marg Mowczko. Her well-researched biblical reflection richly informs women called to ministry, pastors reflecting on women’s role in marriage and ministry, or anyone curious about women’s leadership and Scripture. An accessible writer committed to excellence in biblical scholarship, I consistently promote the work of Marg Mowczko.”
Dr Mimi Haddad, President of CBEInternational.org

“Margaret Mowczko consistently produces well-informed and researched studies of depth and insight. Combining skills as a historian, in working with original languages and in interpreting ancient documents, Mowczko is a sure guide to the importance of context and the weighing of key interpretive issues. I frequently point people to Margaret’s research for those wanting a deeper understanding.”
Bishop Tim Harris, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide, Australia

“Marg’s biblical scholarship is outstanding! Her website has been incredibly helpful for me as a kind of encyclopedia of egalitarian theology.”
Kate Wallace Nunneley, Co-founder of The Junia Project.


Publications

Several of my articles have been published on the websites of The Junia Project and Christians for Biblical Equality (International), and on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed.

The following articles and book chapters have been published as hard copies.

“Women and Men and Ministry in First-Century Churches” in Co-workers and Co-leaders: Women and Men Partnering for God’s Work, Amanda Jackson and Peirong Lin (eds) (WEA Global Issues Series, Vol. 22; Bonn: CPI Books/Wipf and Stock, 2021), 59-73.

“What did Phoebe’s position and ministry as διάκονος of the church at Cenchrea involve?” in Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries, Bart J. Koet, Edwina Murphy and Esko Ryökäs (eds) (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018), 91-102. (Mohr SiebeckGoogle Books)

“Wealthy Women in the First-Century Roman World and in the Church” in Priscilla Papers 32.3 (2018): 3-7.

“The Elder and the Lady: A look at the language of 2 John” in Mutuality 23.4 (2016): 12-13.

“Is a Gender Hierarchy Implicit in the Creation Narrative of Genesis 2:4-25” in The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life, Edwina Murphy and David Starling (eds) (Morling Press/Wipf and Stock, 2016), 29-40.

“The ‘Shame’ of Unnamed Women of the Old Testament: Honorable Women in a Patriarchal World” in Mutuality 20.2 (2013): 7-9.

My work is cited in books by Beth Allison Barr (2021), Rob Dixon (2021), Aimee Byrd (2020), Diane Langberg (2020), Graham Joseph Hill (2020), Kevin Giles (2020 and 2018), Lucy Peppiatt (2019), and Andrew Bartlett (2019), to name a few, and I’m mentioned in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Approaches to the Hebrew Bible (2020).


Music

Here are some tracks from the album TRUST which was released in 2000.

All songs were written and recorded by Margaret Mowczko.

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