Q&A: Should Women Be Silent In Church? Part 2

In the previous post of this Q&A on 1 Timothy 2:11, we looked at the context of the Ephesian church at that time – a church disrupted and divided by many false teachers. One of Paul’s main concerns in this epistle to Timothy is to turn the situation around by encouraging the Ephesians to replace… Continue reading Q&A: Should Women Be Silent In Church? Part 2

Q&A: Should Women Be Silent In Church? Part 1

Q. Bronwen, I read in 1 Timothy 2:11 that women are meant to be silent and submissive in church. This seems kind of hard to take! And while our church uses this as part of the reason why women can’t preach, they are allowed to do things like lead the congregation in prayer, read the… Continue reading Q&A: Should Women Be Silent In Church? Part 1

Can Pastors Have “No Position” on the Role of Women?

“Women in leadership positions, teaching roles or pastoral ministry? Our church doesn’t have a position on that.” Really? Really? This is a phrase I’ve previously had said to me by a pastor in response to my query. I know I’m not alone in this experience. I know of a Christian organisation whose stated aim is… Continue reading Can Pastors Have “No Position” on the Role of Women?

Q&A: Gender Roles in Marriage, Part 2

In the previous post of this Q&A on gender roles in marriage, we began looking at whether specific gender roles are God’s design for Christian marriages – roles in which, specifically, the husband is to take responsibility for leadership and the wife is to help and to submit. Firstly, we started in Genesis, and found… Continue reading Q&A: Gender Roles in Marriage, Part 2

Q&A: Gender Roles in Marriage, Part 1

Q: Bronwen, I’ve always been taught that there are specific gender roles in a Christian marriage, and that means the husband is intended to have the leadership role and the wife’s role is to help and to submit. But that feels so unnatural to my husband and I. His personality is quiet and gentle and… Continue reading Q&A: Gender Roles in Marriage, Part 1

“Enwhitenment”: The Bible’s Surprising Take on Men & Women

Is the Bible any sort of a place to find relevant and useful ideas on gender issues? And what does this question have to do with an ad for photocopier paper? (Those are two sentences you never expected to find in the one paragraph!) In this post, I provide an overview of the treatment of women throughout… Continue reading “Enwhitenment”: The Bible’s Surprising Take on Men & Women

“Men Need Respect, Women Need Love”?

“Women need love, but men need respect.” How often have you heard this, or similar statements? And so often, they are met with wisely knowing nods and exclamations (“oh, so true!”), and likes and shares on Facebook. These overly simplistic notions are popular when it comes to people trying to sort out the perceived differences… Continue reading “Men Need Respect, Women Need Love”?

4 Reasons Why the Archbishop of Sydney is Wrong About Gender

It’s not often that the statements of church leaders are considered even remotely newsworthy in Australia, where the general attitude to religion varies mostly from indifference to contempt. Sydney Anglicans have made a habit of making the news in the past 12 months for issues relating to gender roles – a series of news stories… Continue reading 4 Reasons Why the Archbishop of Sydney is Wrong About Gender

Champion of Women’s Rights: Domnic Misolo

Throughout this year, the God’s Design – Perth blog will be featuring the stories of a number of inspiring individuals. I wonder what your mental image of a women’s rights advocate looks like. A middle-aged woman in Doc Martens, with short hair and arty taste in clothes? A young female university student studying an Arts degree?… Continue reading Champion of Women’s Rights: Domnic Misolo

Taming Dragons

  “Remember, a dragon will always, always go for the kill,” instructs Gobber the Belch in the movie How to Train Your Dragon. Young Hiccup hears this statement, and suddenly a lightbulb comes on. Only a day or so before, Hiccup had cut loose the young dragon – later named Toothless – which was tangled… Continue reading Taming Dragons