Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


Mary and Jesus

Mary Magdalene and the Ascension

Mary Magdalene was the herald of Jesus’s resurrection and also of his impending ascension. Why did Jesus tell her in John 20:17, “Do not cling to me”?

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There are women pastors in the New testament Priscilla Phoebe Nympha

There are Women Pastors in the New Testament

In this article I answer the question, Where in the New Testament does it say women were pastors? There is a biblical case for female pastors.

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weak-willed silly women 2 Timothy 3

The “Little Women” in 2 Timothy 3:6–7

I’ve seen people express dismay that Paul disparages women in 2 Timothy 3:6-7. Here’s a short note looking at Paul’s words here and at his main concern.

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Jael and Deborah in Judges

Jael (3): Jael, Mary, and Jesus’ Crucifixion

Part 3 looks at what Jael’s story and the accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion have in common, and at why some early and medieval theologians used Jael as a type of Mary the mother of Jesus.

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Jael Judges 5

Jael (2): Sexual and Maternal Imagery in Jael’s Story

In part 2 I look at the sexual and maternal imagery in Jael’s story, and the deadly determination in her actions. What was motivating her? *This article mentions rape.

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Deborah and Jael

Jael (1): The Lord will hand over Sisera to a woman

Jael is a popular Bible figure, famous for her brutal act of violence against Israel’s enemy. In part 1 (of 3), I look at her story as recorded in Judges 4.

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Ephesians 5:21 Ephesians 5:22

3. The Grammar of Ephesians 5:21-22: 1 Sentence or 2?

Is Ephesians 5:21-22 one sentence or two? What is the best way to punctuate these verses? How do ancient manuscripts treat them?

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Ephesians 5:22 codex vaticanus no verb

2. The Grammar of Ephesians 5:21-22: A Missing Verb?

Is it significant that there is no “submit” word in Ephesians 5:22 in two of the oldest Greek manuscripts? Did Paul tell wives to submit?

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Ephesians 5 submit submission

1. The Grammar of Ephesians 5:21-22: Participles

In this article, I look at the Greek participles in Ephesians 5:18-21, especially the “submit” participle in verse 21.

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Christian theology blogs

12 Christian Theology Blogs that don’t Push Patriarchy

Here are 12 blogs on Christian theology and biblical studies written by evangelical scholars who don’t push a complementarian or patriarchal agenda.

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Miriam Moses Bible

Did Miriam the prophetess only minister to women?

Miriam is identified as a prophet and leader in the Bible, but some say her ministry was only to women. Was this the case? What does the Bible say?

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Jesus Genealogy in Matthew's Gospel

The Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus

Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Uriah’s wife are the only women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. Why only these four women?

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Carson and Keller, 1 Timothy 2:12

Don Carson and Tim Keller on 1 Timothy 2:12

D.A. Carson and Tim Keller recently had a conversation about 1 Timothy 2:12 posted on YouTube. I was asked about it. Here’s my response.

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Lois and Eunice

Lois and Eunice’s Faith and Family

Paul honours Lois and Eunice and acknowledges they had been Timothy’s teachers. These women enabled Timothy to face challenges in Ephesus.

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Made in the image of God, Genesis 1, male and female

Made in the Image of God (Gen 1:26-28) in a Nutshell

In this article, I briefly explain what I think it means to be made in the image of God and why it doesn’t have much to do with either God’s gender or ours.

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ordination, authority, Twelve Apostles, priests, women ministers

1 Timothy 2:12, in a Nutshell

In this short article, I sketch the case that 1 Tim. 2:12 says nothing, one way or the other, about whether competent women can be pastors, preachers, priests, elders, or any kind of church leader.

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Titus 2 women, keepers at home, biblical womanhood

Bible women who weren’t “keepers at home”

Some Christians think women should be “keepers at home” and stay out of the workforce and away from leadership ministries in the church. Here’s a list of respected Bible women who weren’t “keepers at home.”

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Are men superior to women

Are Men Physically Superior to Women?

I’ve been getting emails lately from young women convinced that men are physically superior to women. The hurt in these emails is profound. Here’s part of an email exchange I had with a woman named Jade.

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woman pastors Romans 14

Romans 14 and the Divisive Issue of Women Pastors

Paul’s message in Romans 14 has some relevance to the issue of women ministers, an issue that continues to cause division in some sectors of the church.

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Graham Joseph Hill

“Holding Up Half the Sky” by Graham Joseph Hill

I was honoured to write a foreword to Graham Hill’s book “Holding Up Half the Sky” where he presents a biblical case for women leading and teaching in the church. The foreword is in this post.

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Praus meek warhorses

The Greek Word ‘Praus’ and Meek Warhorses

Is meekness a masculine virtue? How do ancient writers use the Greek word praus (“meek”)? What do ancient writers say about meek warhorses?

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