Q&A: Are Husbands to Lead Their Wives?

Q: Bronwen, my friend says that husbands are created by God to be leaders of their wives and families. When I asked for her biblical evidence of this belief, she said 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. These passages do seem to say quite clearly that men are to manage their families (which is the same as… Continue reading Q&A: Are Husbands to Lead Their Wives?

Q&A: Should Women Be Silent in Church? Part 4

Priscilla and Aquila were not just learners – but having drunk deeply at the well of Paul’s theological knowledge, they became competent and reliable teachers of the truth.

Q&A: Should Women Be Silent In Church? Part 3

We have already seen, in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on 1 Timothy 2:11, that Paul has indicated that some in the Ephesian church are promoting controversial speculations, turning to meaningless talk, and blaspheming (not in the sense of swearing, but in the sense of speech that goes against God’s truths –… Continue reading Q&A: Should Women Be Silent In Church? Part 3

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

My Story – Why Biblical Equality Matters to Me

Did God not love me, just because I was female? I couldn’t study. I couldn’t think straight. I was distressed, overset with a spiritual crisis that rocked me to the core. I had been, by nature, a well-behaved and compliant child who didn’t really experience the rebellion thing as a teenager. Heck, my “rebellion” was… Continue reading My Story – Why Biblical Equality Matters to Me

“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

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