Here are some tips on how to maintain good relationships with Christian family and friends who hold different, even opposing, views on so-called “gender roles”.
In this short post I look at synonyms for the word “submit,” and at the shared etymology of the words “chauvinism” and “Calvinism.”
This article looks at Mary Magdalene, and especially at what “Magdalene” might mean. Does it refer to Mary’s home town? Was it her nick-name? Or does it imply that Mary was a prostitute?
The accounts of the transfiguration of Jesus in the gospels are puzzling, and the point and purpose of the accounts are unclear. Perhaps this article may make its meaning clearer.
A post about female martyrs in the early church, including Blandina and Perpetua: “those who have conformed themselves to Christ, even in death.”
How can we be like the wise man who built a strong, unshakeable house on a secure foundation in Luke 6?
Luke often presents material in his Gospel using male-female pairs to highlight the full & equal inclusion of women & men in God’s new covenant & community.
The concept of grace has sometimes become confused or conflated with the concept of mercy, but the two are not the same. Read more about the power of grace which God gives us through Jesus and his Spirit.
Instructions for wifely submission and holy kisses are clearly given in the New Testament. Yet one concept is largely ignored while the other is highlighted. Why is that?
I had imagined that only a few women accompanied Jesus during his ministry and only a few were with him at his crucifixion, but the gospel writers state that there were many women with Jesus – many!
Kristen Rosser has written an excellent article on the so-called “feminization” of the church, and how we can address this issue. With her permission, I have reblogged it here.
Jesus’ teaching on leadership and community, in several passages of Matthew’s gospel, shows that Jesus promoted the social values of humility and equality. In Jesus’ kingdom the humble are exalted, the lowly are the greatest, and the last are first.
In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who hires labourers to work in his vineyard. He points out that there is equality in his kingdom.
Was Paul referring to wives of apostles or colleagues of apostles in 1 Corinthians 9:5? Was their role companionship or teaching Christian doctrine?
What was the ministry of the seven men in Acts 6? This article looks at possible ministries for the Seven including what John Collins has discovered by tracking Luke’s use of the word “diakonia” in the book of Acts.
Was Eve alone when the serpent spoke to her? Is Eve solely to be blamed for the downfall of mankind? In this post I give a summary of Julie Parker’s essay, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b.”
This post takes a brief look at the Hebrew word ga’al which means “redeem” and “act like a close relative”.
Excerpt: Redemption was not just a lofty act done by the Creator to redeem and reconcile his creation to himself. It was also a loving act done by our close relative Jesus Christ, who became like us, identified with us, and became responsible for us so that he could rescue us. [550 words]
John the Evangelist chose his words carefully when describing the ministry of certain apostolic women in his Gospel, women such as Mary Magdalene. [500 words]
Matt Chandler states unequivocally, “I teach to men . . . I go after the men.” Matt focuses his ministry on men because, he says, this is how he understands the scriptures. So what happens to the lost sheep who are female? And how does Matt’s focus affect the thousands of women in his flock?
The King James Version is a great English translation, but is it the best?
This article looks briefly at 7 issues surrounding the translation of the KJV.
Is Galatians 3:28 only referring to our identity and status before God? Or is it also about our identity and status in the Christian community (i.e. the church)?