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 several articles that look at arguments related to the idea of a male-only priesthood, arguments that keep women ministers 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 woman who helped her husband by going against his wishes. She is 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 misogynistic 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.
In his 2012 book “Hearing Her Voice,” scholar and minister John Dickson argues that women can speak in church meetings: women can preach, exhort, exposit Scripture, prophecy, pray, etc.
When some Christians, such as complementarians, use the word “roles” (as in “gender roles”) do they mean “rank” or some kind of gender hierarchy?
Does the New Testament teach that men and women have different roles in church based solely on gender? Are some ministries too important for women?
Kathy Keller argues that women are prohibited from just one kind of speaking ministry and from holding one kind of position in the church.
What does oppression and the horrors of slavery in the song “O Holy Night” have to do with an innocent newborn baby in a manger?
In this post I look at Salome, the daughter of Herodias, who “danced” for Herod Antipas. How old was she? Did she actually dance? Was she out to deliberately seduce her step-father? What became of her?
Many Christians are concerned with who has authority in the church. In particular they are concerned about whether a woman can have authority over a man. Who has authority in the church?