Samaritan Sinner, Celebrated Saint: The Story of the First Christian Missionary

The Samaritan Woman – John 4 This article first appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of Mutuality (www.cbeinternational.org). In April 2017, it received 4th place in the “Personality” category of the Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Awards. When I was a child, a popular Australian women’s magazine had a regular section on “Great Women of… Continue reading Samaritan Sinner, Celebrated Saint: The Story of the First Christian Missionary

Q&A: What’s with women having to be silent in church in 1 Corinthians 14?

This article was originally presented as a brief talk at the Christians for Biblical Equality Perth chapter gathering on 2 September, 2017. One thing that is commonly claimed by complementarians is that they simply follow the “clear meaning of the text” (with the inference that egalitarians are making up difficulties that distract from the text’s… Continue reading Q&A: What’s with women having to be silent in church in 1 Corinthians 14?

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?

Mary, Did You Know?

Parenthood is a (presumably lifelong) state of wishing and hoping, what-ifs and wondering. It starts with pregnancy. What if something goes wrong? Let’s not tell anyone until we reach the “magic” three month mark. What sex will my baby be? Will I be a good parent? How much is labour going to hurt? After the… Continue reading Mary, Did You Know?

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