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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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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