Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


Submission Sarah 1 Peter 3

Submission and Respect from Wives in 1 Peter 3:1-6

In 1 Peter 3:1-6, Peter instructs wives to submit and he uses the examples of “the holy women of the past” and Sarah to help make his points. Who were these “holy women of the past”? In what way did Sarah submit to Abraham?

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1 Peter 1:10-16 angels

Hope and Holiness – 1 Peter 1:10-16

In the past, the prophets investigated salvation; in the present, the angels are. 1 Peter 1:10-16 looks especially at holiness.

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Miriam by Sarah Beth Baca

6 Women who Protected and Rescued Moses

Moses, one of Israel’s greatest leaders, would have perished on several occasions if it had not been for the courage, wisdom, and enterprise of six brave women.

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Pete and Me

Towards Equality – My Story

This is my account about how I went from thinking that a gender hierarchy in marriage and ministry was God’s design to realising that equality and mutuality is scriptural and God’s ideal.

I have included some of my personal views on topics related to biblical equality or “Casteless Christianity”. [3000 words]

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The Forum at Philippi (Source: Visual Bible Alive)

Euodia and Syntyche: Women Church Leaders at Philippi

Who were Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3)? Were they leaders of the Philippian church? Early Church Father John Chrysostom seemed to think so.

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gender division complementarians Revelation 5:9-10

Gender Division Divides the Church

Revelation 5:9-10 is about the universal, inclusive nature of the church and the priesthood of believers. Some Christians, however, divide the church into two distinct groups on the basis of gender.

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female pastors

Are there women pastors in the New Testament?

Can you name a woman who is called a pastor in the New Testament? Are there any women identified as church ministers in the NT?

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1 Cor 11.7 glory of man

Race and Gender Discrimination in the Church

Hierarchical complementarians don’t like it when Christian egalitarians (like myself) compare their views with racism, but I can’t help seeing the similarities.

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interpretations of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Interpretations and Applications of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Here are summaries of a range of interpretations of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 proposed by well-known New Testament scholars. How do these verses apply today?

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

Is God Male or Masculine?

God is often referred to with masculine pronouns and masculine terms in the Bible. Does this mean 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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Phoebe Palmer

Phoebe Palmer: The Mother of the Holiness Movement

Phoebe Palmer was the most influential woman in the American Methodist Church at a time when it was the largest Christian denomination in America. Her adult life was full of astonishing achievements in ministry.

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pexels-photo-398532 1 Corintios

“Biblical Manhood” that Overlooks and Ignores Women

Complementarian Jeff Robinson relates what he considers to be different expressions of ‘biblical manhood’. Do these activities and qualities really constitute ‘biblical manhood’? And where do women fit with this?

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mutual submission

Double Standards in the Promotion of Submission

Why aren’t the biblical concepts of wifely submission and submission to governing authorities given equal emphasis in the church?

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gold 1 Peter

Glory, Joy, and Suffering – 1 Peter 1:4-9

Peter reminds his audience of their glorious inheritance and that experiencing trials will prove faith which is of greater worth than gold.

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Beautiful people in the Bible

Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-3

In these few verses, Peter makes some remarkable statements and reveals that each member of the Trinity has a role in salvation. We have a role too.

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Samson's mother

Reading the Bible with a Masculinist Bias

Do you read the Bible through “blue-tinted” lenses? My friend Norman does. He completely ignored Samson’s mother when retelling Judges 13.

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Old Testament Priests New Testament Ministers

Old Testament Priests & New Covenant Ministers

The fact that only men were permitted to serve as priests in the Old Testament is sometimes used to argue that women cannot be church leaders. There are several significant shortcomings in this argument.

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Canaanite woman Matthew's Gospel

Why God is Sometimes Silent

Even though a Canaanite woman was crying out for help, Jesus didn’t say a word. Why was Jesus silent? And why does God sometimes seem silent and remote?

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power struggles

More Scary Women of Complementarianism

Mary Kassian recently posted an article on her website about “Scary Straw Women of Complementarity”. But she failed to mention two important women of complementarianism.

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Mary Kassian John Piper Wayne Grudem

Is Complementarianism a Traditional Belief of the Church?

Mary Kassian claims that Complementarianism represents the Church’s “traditional, orthodox, historic belief” on gender. She must be reading different accounts of Church history to me.

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