Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Category: Christian Theology

144,000 Revelation 7, 14, every tribe

Who are the 144,000 and why are they all men?

In the Book of Revelation, there is a list of 12 Israelite tribes with 12,000 men in each, totalling 144,000 men in all. Since the Christian faith is fully inclusive of women, some are troubled that this group consists of only men. What is the 144,000? Who are these men? And are women really excluded from this group?

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Jesus, keep me near the cross

As followers of Jesus we need to keep our eyes on our risen and exalted Lord. But on this Good Friday, I’m praying using Fanny Crosby’s words, “Jesus, keep me near the cross.”

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boldness humility God

The Power of God’s Grace

Grace has sometimes been confused or conflated with the concept of mercy, but they are not the same thing. Read more about the power of grace that God gives us.

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Adam and Eve

Blaming Eve Alone

Was Eve alone when the snake spoke to her? Here is a summary of Julie Parker’s essay, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b.”

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Jesus Boaz and Ruth in the Bible

Redemption and Family Responsibility: Boaz and Jesus

This post takes a brief look at the Hebrew word ga’al which means “redeem” and “act like a close relative”.
Excerpt: Redemption was not just a lofty act done by the Creator to redeem and reconcile his creation to himself. It was also a loving act done by our close relative Jesus Christ, who became like us, identified with us, and became responsible for us so that he could rescue us. [550 words]

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Christology

Is Jesus waiting for us?

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?

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prayer

Holiness: Sacred Separation?

A visit to a beautiful chapel near Rotarua (in New Zealand) highlighted to me that followers of Jesus are not separated, excluded, or prohibited from God’s holy presence. Rather, we are welcome and invited to draw near.

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Do complementarians mean "role" or "rank"

Who is the “head”?

This is a critique of Mary Kassian’s article “Sex in the Shadowlands” in which she applies the word “head” to more than God, Jesus, and husbands.

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Christian theology

Jesus is no longer on a cross

Today I found out that some Roman Catholics believe that Jesus is eternally on the cross. What does the Bible, especially the book of Hebrews, say about this belief? [800 words]

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is hell real

An Eternal Fascination

Instead of spending my time trying to understand hell (Gehenna), I am still trying to get my head around some of the amazing realities of what it is to be a redeemed child of God.

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Was Jesus Poor?

Was Jesus poor? A few verses in the Gospels indicate that Jesus was not as poor as I have previously been led to believe.

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Christmas angel

Peace on Earth

The Messiah, the promised Saviour, had come into the world. Here was good news for everyone (Luke 2:10). But was the declaration of “Peace on Earth” by the heavenly host for everyone? (Luke 2:14) Where is this peace?

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the cross precious redemption

Precious Redemption – 1 Peter 1:17-21

1 Peter 1:17-21 is one long sentence in the Greek text. In this single sentence, Peter tells his readers that their works will be judged. He also tells them about the precious cost of their redemption.

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The Lost Drachma by James Tissot-Overall; Brooklyn Museum. (wikimedia)

Is God Male or Masculine?

God is typically referred to in the Bible with masculine pronouns such as “he,” and with masculine terms such as “father.” Does this language mean that God is male or masculine?

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Righteousness and Justification - Philippians 3:9

At the Foot of the Cross?

Do we place our sins and troubles at the metaphorical “foot of the cross”? Or do we hand them over to God the Father through the real, resurrected, and exalted Jesus Christ?

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Book of Acts, Pentecost

Speaking in Tongues and Xenoglossia

Here is an overview of scriptures that mention speaking in tongues with a very brief account of the beginning of the Pentecostal Movement which began in 1900. And I describe my personal experience with xenoglossia.

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Rewards. Filled with the Spirit, Image via Pexels 67843

Being Filled with the Spirit

In this article, I give a theological & biblical overview of being filled with the Spirit, as well as my personal experience of being filled with the Spirit.

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Rewards. Filled with the Spirit, Image via Pexels 67843

Rewards

Jesus and Paul both spoke about rewards for those who faithfully serve God and his people. What we are doing now has a direct bearing on our future, eternal life.

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Instant Christianity, eternal security

Instant Christianity?

When we entrust our lives to Jesus, our eternal life begins. Our salvation is a done deal, or so it would seem. Is it really a case of instant christianity?

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