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Book Review: For Such a Time

How did God respond when women took the lead? In his book For Such a Time, Ed Dickerson answers this question by looking at the stories of enterprising women in the Bible. Here is a short review of his book.

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1 Corinthians 16:16 applies to women ministers too

In 1 Cor. 16:16, Paul tells the Corinthians to submit themselves to coworkers and labourers. Paul refers to several women by these ministry terms.

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A critique of the ESV Study Bible notes on 1 Timothy 2:12

In this post I critique the notes on 1 Timothy 2:12 in the ESV Study Bible. What is the context of this verse? What does it prohibit?

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Nympha: A House Church Leader in the Lycus Valley (Colossians 4:15)

In this post, I look at Nympha, a Christian mentioned in Colossians 4:15. What was her association with Paul? What was her ministry? Where was her house church? Was she really a woman?

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What Timothy knew about Paul’s theology of ministry

Timothy knew Paul’s views on ministry and it’s unlikely he needed to be reminded of them. 1 Tim. 2:11-15 is not Paul’s general teaching on ministry but something else.

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Paul’s words on divorce, and leaving an abusive marriage

Does Paul’s teaching on divorce in 1 Corinthians 7 allow for an abused spouse to leave their abuser? What is the context of his words in this passage?

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Man and woman as the image and glory of God (1 Cor. 11:7)

Does 1 Corinthians 11:7 express superiority of men over women. Is this what is meant by “man … is the image and glory of God but woman is the glory of man”? Here’s a different interpretation.

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What scholars say about 1 Corinthians 11:7

Here are interpretations of 1 Corinthians 11:7 (man … is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man) from past & present scholars.

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What were Euodia and Syntyche thinking?!

Here’s a look at a common Greek phrase used in Phil. 4:2 concerning Euodia and Syntyche. What did Paul want them to think? Were the women quarrelling?

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“Must manage his own household well” (1 Timothy 3:4-5)

Does 1 Timothy 3:4a (“managing his own household well”) show that men, and not women, are to rule or manage their households? What was the role of the first church overseers and bishops?

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Junia: The Jewish Woman who was Imprisoned with Paul

This article looks at Junia, a Christian missionary mentioned in Romans 16:7 who was persecuted for her faith and may have known Jesus personally. Was she also known as Joanna?

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Paul on Gender Roles in Ministry and Marriage

A few verses in Paul’s letters are frequently cited by Christians who exclude women from some ministries. Did Paul really restrict women in either ministry or marriage? This is part 3 of a series on gender roles in the Bible.

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Jesus on Gender Roles and Gendered Activities

Does Jesus give instructions about gender roles as complementarians understand them? What does Jesus teach and say to women in the Gospels? This is part 2 in a series of gender roles in the Bible.

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Gender Roles & Gendered Activities in the Old Testament

Does the Old Testament teach that husbands are to be the leaders of their wives, or that men have authority over women? Are some roles forbidden to women? This is part 1 of a series on gender roles in the Bible.

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The authority of police officers, ship’s captains, and men

In this post, I respond to how the authority of police officers, etc, is used as an analogy by some Christians to support male-only authority.

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3 Legendary Ladies: Judith, Thecla, and Catherine of Alexandria

Judith, Thecla, and Catherine of Alexandria are three heroines whose stories of conviction and courage are part of our history and heritage.

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Authentein (in 1 Timothy 2:12), in a Nutshell

This short post looks at the verb authenteō (authentein) in 1 Tim. 2:12. My claim is that “to have/ exercise/ usurp authority” is an inadequate and misleading translation.

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The Witch of Endor, the Dead Prophet, the Doomed King

It is remarkable that the witch of Endor, who dealt in the occult, is portrayed in a sympathetic light in 1 Samuel 28. What’s going on here?

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Freebies for Students of the Early Church

Discovering the beliefs, practices and policies of early Christians is a fascinating pursuit. To help with this, here are some resources on the early church that are freely available online.

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John Paul II on Mutual Submission in Marriage

The stance of the Roman Catholic Church in regards to mutual submission in marriage is much more egalitarian than the stance of many evangelicals.

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Mary Magdalene movie review

Here’s what I thought of the Mary Magdalene movie

I saw the Mary Magdalene movie tonight and a few people have asked what I thought of it. So here’s a brief review.

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