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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Jesus’ Teaching on Leadership and Community in Matthew’s Gospel

By Margaret Mowczko In the gospels there are quite a few passages where Jesus teaches against the worldly systems of authority, and where he proposes a social system that is quite the opposite to what we are accustomed to. Jesus especially warns against notions of power, prestige, and primacy among his own followers. In Jesus’ kingdom the humble are exalted,
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Believing Wives and Female Co-Workers of the Apostles

By Margaret Mowczko “Believing wife” or “sister-woman”? Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? 1 Corinthians 9:5 NIV A common understanding of Paul’s question in 1 Corinthians 9:5 is that, in New Testament times, some wives travelled with their husbands who were involved
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Wifely Submission and Holy Kisses

By Margaret Mowczko I was recently reading through all the “one another” verses of the New Testament. There are lots of these verses. Many of them are about loving one another and not judging one another. I was surprised to see that several state that we are to greet one another with a kiss. Did you know that there are
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Male-Female Pairs and Parallelism in Luke’s Gospel

By Margaret Mowczko While reading Luke’s gospel I was struck by how the author often presents his material using gender-symmetrical pairs. For instance, in Luke’s infancy narrative we have the male and female protagonists of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary, and Simeon and Anna.[1] Moreover, it seems that Mary was the original source for much of the Luke’s material
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Who will roll away the stone?

By Margaret Mowczko When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance
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Jesus in the Gardens: Undoing What Adam Did

It’s Easter week, and I’m thinking about gardens. My own garden is full of tulips and daffodils that are starting to fade now, but my cherry tree is still in bloom and dropping pink petals on the grass.  The grass is bursting out of itself, growing too fast, faster than a mower can keep up with.  And the birds are
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Jesus had many female followers – many!

Women at the crucifixion of Jesus Near the Cross I read Matthew 27:55-56 this morning and saw something I had not noticed before.  There were many women at Jesus’ crucifixion - many.  I had previously imagined that only a few women had accompanied Jesus and made the trip all the way from Galilee to Jerusalem – usually a journey of several
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The “Feminization” of the Church

In recent years a lot of people have been talking about why in most Christian churches there is an approximately 60-40 ratio of women to men.  This 2006 Biola Magazine article puts it like this: There are generally more women than men in every type of church, in every part of the world. . .A traditional explanation is that women are more
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“Go and work in my vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)

By Margaret Mowczko In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who hires labourers to work in his vineyard.  This parable is designed to show us something about Jesus and his kingdom.  Accordingly, the landowner represents Jesus and the vineyard represents his kingdom. In the story, the landowner goes to the market place at dawn to select workers
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