Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


New International Version, Mary Kassian, gender-inclusive language

Why does Mary Kassian think the new NIV is bad?

Mary Kassian does not like the NIV 2011. Her article “10 Reasons Why the New NIV is Bad for Women” has been doing the rounds, but her concerns don’t make sense.

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New Living Translation

Gender Bias in the New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Living Translation (NLT) seems supportive and inclusive of women because it often translates adelphoi as “brothers and sisters” but it promotes male authority.

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A Critique of the ESV by Mark L. Strauss

Mark L. Strauss, a co-author of “How to Choose a Translation for all its Worth,” has written a helpful critique of the English Standard Version (ESV).

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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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Mutual submission Eph 5:21 1 Peter 5:5 hypotasso

Kephalē and “Male Headship” in Paul’s Letters

Does Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:23, “the husband is the head of the wife,” mean that the husband has leadership or authority over his wife? And what about 1 Corinthians 11:3?

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1 Peter 3.7

Submission and Respect from Husbands in 1 Peter 3:7-8

Many Christians believe that submission in marriage is the duty only of wives. In 1 Peter 3:7 Peter comes close to saying that husbands are to be submissive to their wives too.

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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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