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“Notorious” Passages

Better understand scripture passages often used to limit women’s autonomy and participation in the church.

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and the Church

    A Church You Would Want to Avoid

    Rob Dixon

    Reflecting on his contemporary Paul’s theological writings, the apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:15-16: Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and Relationships

    Sex, Supper, Submission

    Zach Lambert

    A few months after we said “I do,” my wife, Amy, and I attended a class for newly married couples at our local…

    "Notorious" Passages

    Is God Male?

    Patrick Franklin

    When I teach about the Trinity in my introductory theology class, the topic of God and gender often comes up. “Is God male?”…

    "Notorious" Passages

    Why 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Does Not Ban Women from Teaching & Having Authority in the Church

    Patrick Franklin

    From the mailbox: "Just wanted to say thank you for your article on 1 Timothy 2. It was a great reference for me…

    "Notorious" Passages

    What Does It Mean for Women to Learn in Quietness and Submission? 1 Timothy 2:11

    Tania Harris

    They are the verses of Scripture used most frequently to silence women in the church: 1 Timothy 2:11-12. I remember reading them as…

    "Notorious" Passages

    Ephesians 5:21-33: How Paul Turns Headship on Its Head

    Patrick Franklin

    Ephesians 5:21-33 is often cited as a proof text to endorse male leadership in the home. In this text, wives are instructed to…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and Relationships / Women and the Church

    5 Myths of Male Headship

    Kate Wallace Nunneley

      I sat down across the table from her. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and I was excited to catch…

    "Notorious" Passages / Biblical Equality / Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    5 Reasons to Stop Using 1 Timothy 2:12 Against Women

    Gail Wallace

    Hundreds of pages have been written on this chapter, with almost as many interpretations, proving this to be one of the least understood…

    "Notorious" Passages / Biblical Equality / Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    The Curse of Genesis 3: A Lament

    Gail Wallace

    In doing some research on Genesis 3, I came upon this provocative poem by Carmen J. Bryant: God said to man, “The earth…

    "Notorious" Passages / Personal Stories / Women and the Bible

    The Proverbs 31 Woman and Me

    Hannah Helms

    I have a confession to make. I don’t have a problem with the Proverbs 31 Woman. One of the upsides to growing up…

    "Notorious" Passages / Personal Stories

    Overcoming Gender Discrimination in the Church: One Woman’s Story

    Bronwen Speedie

    I couldn’t study. I couldn’t think straight. I was distressed, overset with a spiritual crisis that rocked me to the core. Did God…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    1 Timothy 2: Paul’s Original Language, Timothy’s Original Context

    Bob Edwards

    Throughout history, the church has been characterized by a male-dominated social hierarchy. This worldview has been so pervasive that some even consider it…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and Relationships

    Co-Leadership in Marriage: Who’s in Authority?

    Tim Evans

    We believe authority is at the heart of much marriage misunderstanding and debate. Over the years traditional-hierarchical-complementarian marriage-view proponents have described their perceived…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and Relationships

    Co-Leadership in Marriage: Let’s Talk about Submission

    Tim Evans

    Submission in marriage often comes with lots of negative baggage. In fact, many people refer to submission as the "S"-word. The reality is…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and the Bible

    Co-Leadership in Marriage: What about Headship?

    Tim Evans

    Headship can often become a divisive issue in marriage discussions—especially in religious circles. Various “infallible” headship interpretations and accompanying dialogue could fill a…

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