Q&A: Do Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5 make men spiritual leaders? (Part 1)

Q: Bronwen, I notice that twice in Genesis 3, God addresses Adam about the broken commandment, but doesn’t mention it to Eve. This seems to imply that God doesn’t hold her accountable as the leader, but instead holds Adam responsible as the spiritual leader. Looking forward, just as Eve was not trusted with the responsibility… Continue reading Q&A: Do Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5 make men spiritual leaders? (Part 1)

A Tale of Two Translators: The Lives and Legacies of Julia E. Smith & Helen Barrett Montgomery

This article first appeared in Christians for Biblical Equality’s Mutuality magazine in May 2017. Who translated the version of the English Bible that you use? Google the answer, and there’s a strong likelihood you’ll find that all or most of the translators were men, even of very recent translations. Remarkably, two translations from the mid-nineteenth and… Continue reading A Tale of Two Translators: The Lives and Legacies of Julia E. Smith & Helen Barrett Montgomery

The Transformative Gospel – Sermon on John 4

What does it look like to live a life transformed by the Gospel? The story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4 gives us a glimpse of some of the ways in which this woman’s life was transformed by meeting Jesus. If you’ve ever wondered “but what happened next in her… Continue reading The Transformative Gospel – Sermon on John 4

A Letter to My Friend – A Domestic Abuse Survivor

This post was first published on Christians for Biblical Equality’s Arise blog, in the wake of the discussions which arose about domestic and family violence (DFV) in Christian homes since journalists Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson published this controversial report: “‘Submit to your husbands’: Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God.”  Responses from… Continue reading A Letter to My Friend – A Domestic Abuse Survivor

Who’s Who in Paul’s Greetings in Romans 16 (Part 1)

Okay, confession time: do your eyes glaze over when you read that long list of greetings in Romans 16? Maybe, like me, you’ve been part of a Bible study that looked at each chapter of Romans week by week, only to come to an abrupt halt after chapter 15, because it was considered that there… Continue reading Who’s Who in Paul’s Greetings in Romans 16 (Part 1)

Women’s Ordination in the Lutheran Church of Australia: A Prayerful Reflection

Yesterday, the Lutheran Church of Australia voted on the ordination of women once again, returning a vote of 240 in favour to 161 against. The vote failed to reach the required two-thirds majority. Many of our Lutheran brothers and sisters are mourning today as the impact of this decision sinks in, and as Paul encouraged… Continue reading Women’s Ordination in the Lutheran Church of Australia: A Prayerful Reflection

Q&A: Is a Feminist Reading of the Bible Possible?

This question was asked in an online group I am a member of, by a person who describes herself as a “healthy sceptic” about religion. This is a somewhat expanded and edited version of my answer to her question in that forum. Q: Bronwen, after reading the Bible (King James version) please explain how it… Continue reading Q&A: Is a Feminist Reading of the Bible Possible?