What did Paul mean by “A wife has no authority of her own body” in 1 Cor. 7:4?

By Margaret Mowczko The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband; and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife (1 Cor. 7:4 KJV). Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 7:4 sounds harsh in most English translations, and it is often misunderstood.  Sometimes this verse is even used to coerce and
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What did Paul mean by “man was not created for woman, but woman for man” in 1 Cor. 11:9?

  By Margaret Mowczko It’s troubling when people misuse Scripture to subordinate and repress women, and, conversely, to unilaterally elevate men.  The misunderstanding and misuse of 1 Corinthians 11:9 in this regard especially concerns me. “. . . neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” (1 Cor. 11:9). Some Christians believe that this verse teaches that women
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Was it Adam’s responsibility to relay God’s command to Eve?

By Margaret Mowczko In Genesis 2:16-17, God commanded the first human not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Along with the command was a warning of death for the transgressor. This command and warning was given to the first man before the first woman was made. Some Christians believe that the first
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The First Century Church and the Ministry of Women

By Margaret Mowczko It is helpful to have some insight into the values and customs of the first Christians, and some appreciation of how they organised their meetings and ministries, if we are to have a better understanding of the setting, context, and meaning of the New Testament letters. In this article I provide a brief overview of church life in
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Problems with 1 Cor. 14:34-35

  The following is a very brief summary of what was taught and discussed in the Sunday morning Bible Study group I usually lead.  While I did mention that some of the earliest manuscripts have these two (unnumbered) verses penned on the side of the page and even some had them at the end of the paragraph, I did not
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Male Dominance and the Honor Shame Social Paradigm

Ancient Roman and Asian societies were honor and shame societies. Their lives revolved around who was honored and who wasn’t.

“Equal But Subordinate” and Soft Complementarianism

My analysis of the “Equal but Subordinate” teaching on women in Christianity ended up turning into this short series, because I do believe the implications of this teaching in its various manifestations should be addressed fully.  This, then, is Part 3, and the conclusion. My last two posts were on the basic position taught by the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
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Why Protesting “Equal But Subordinate” is Not Just Me Having a Problem with Authority

I received on my own blog some feedback in the comments on my last post regarding the logical fallacy of claiming women are equal and yet divinely intended for eternal subordination to men.  Here is a quote from the comments: I feel so sad that whether or not you are are subordinate or authoritative is the means by which you determine whether
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The Logical Fallacy of “Equal But Subordinate”

Julie Anne over at Spiritual Sounding Board drew the blogosphere’s attention in March to an article that the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (“CBMW”) posted in its Spring 2006 Journal entitled “Relationships and Roles in the New Creation,” written by Mark David Walton. Spiritual Sounding Board put up its first post on this dated March 12, 2014, and the CBMW has since removed this article from its website.  However,
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Mary the Magdalene

By Margaret Mowczko This article looks at Mary Magdalene, and especially at what “Magdalene” might mean. Does it refer to Mary’s home town? Was it her nick-name? Or does it somehow imply that Mary was a prostitute? Mary from Magdala Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman and one of Jesus’ closest and most faithful disciples. She is mentioned by name
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