Q: Bronwen, when I try to explain my egalitarian views to my Christian friends, some of them say we are just turning clear and simple biblical texts into something unnecessarily convoluted. Is there any truth to this, and how do I respond to this objection to my views on the equality of men and women… Continue reading Q&A: Do egalitarians use convoluted arguments to interpret the Bible?
“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
Review: The Lion Bible for Children (Part 1)
Introducing a new series, “Children’s Bibles and Bible Story Books,” in which we will be looking a how women are represented in these books. We don’t arrive at adulthood as a clean slate, without preconceived ideas about gender. Throughout childhood and adolescence, many factors subtly or overtly contribute to building our concept of gender by… Continue reading Review: The Lion Bible for Children (Part 1)
Surprising Men of the Old Testament (Part 2)
What do a godly man’s relationships look like? How does he respond to his wife and children, to vulnerable women and to women in leadership roles?
“Eshet Chayil” – Woman of Valour (Part 1)
Recently, in the God’s Design course, we explored some of the incredible women of the Old Testament and how God used them in unexpected ways – women like Deborah (with a glance at Jael), Huldah and Abigail. We also took a close look at the Hebrew term eshet chayil. In most translations, we read “a wife of… Continue reading “Eshet Chayil” – Woman of Valour (Part 1)