Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures. The two sisters seem to have had different temperaments, and their characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story in the gospels. What is the background of these women, their faith, their situation?
Before its destruction in 70 CE, the Jews in the Diaspora maintained ties with the temple in Jerusalem by sending gifts, tithes, and taxes. This article discusses this practice.
“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger
In this post, I list approximately forty Bible women who were queens, leaders, teachers, and prophets, as well as ministry associates of the Apostle Paul.
This five part series takes a close look at 1 Timothy 2:12, at what it does and doesn’t say, as well as providing some cultural background.
Part 1 look at some of the pitfalls of using 1 Timothy 2:12 as the proof text on the issue of whether women can be leaders and teachers in the church.
This article takes a quick look at the goddess Artemis and her magnificent temple in ancient Ephesus. Artemis had a huge influence on the Ephesians!
What was Paul’s primary purpose for writing his first letter to Timothy?
What was the problem in the Ephesian Church?
In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase.
Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15?
An obsession with gender is polarizing the sexes and dividing the Church. Some Christian ministers and ministries seem determined to emphasize gender differences. Adam, however, marvelled at the similarities between man and woman.
Mary Magdalene and some other women knew a large stone had been rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. They went to the tomb anyway. [300 words]
In this message for Resurrection Sunday 2013, I look at Paul’s statements of equality and unity in ministry from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, including his instruction to give greater honour to those lacking it.
Here are links to a few articles which look at arguments related to a male-only priesthood, arguments that effectively keep women out of church leadership.
According to the late Dr David M. Scholer, a former New Testament professor at Fuller, here are the top ten reasons men should not be ordained as ministers.
Abigail was a smart, strong Bible woman who helped her husband by going against his wishes. She is just one of many prophetic women who God used for his purposes.
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?
[Week 15 notes] Peter ends the second section of his letter with the statement: “The end of all things is near”. The knowledge that the end, consummation, completion of everything is near is a great motivator. It should motivate, inspire and inform our behaviour, values and ethics.
If you’re wondering how egalitarian Christian marriages work, reading some of these real-life stories from Christian couples is a great place to start.
In this post I quote Michael Bird who notes discrepancies between the ideology and practice of some complementarians regarding women teaching men.
Today on facebook some of my internet friends were discussing an old blog post by Sarah Bubar. I’ve posted a response to the article here because it was too long for a facebook comment.
Here are some misogynist quotations from well-known church fathers, theologians & reformers that do not in any way reflect what the Bible says about women.
Some Christians seem to enjoy thinking and speaking about God’s Judgement, other Christians avoid the subject altogether. Both positions are a mistake.