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    Women and the Bible

    5 Myths About Adam and Authority: What Really Happened in the Garden?

    Bob Edwards

    There are some distorted messages being taught about creation these days, in particular, that God designed men to be in authority and women…

    Biblical Equality / Personal Stories / Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    Confessions of a Closet Egalitarian

    Liz Wolf

    I never heard the words egalitarian or complementarian until last summer. At 50 (first of my true confessions) I’m a little late to…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and the Bible

    Is Male Authority “Implied” in the Bible?

    Bob Edwards

    in Ephesians 5:24, Greek manuscripts of the New Testament frame male authority or the submission of wives to husbands not as command, but…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    The Power of Your Story

    Harriet Reed Congdon

    A culture is built around the stories it tells. After telling my story of spiritual abuse and marginalization as a woman leader in…

    "Notorious" Passages / Women and the Bible

    Defusing the 1 Timothy 2:12 Bomb

    Gail Wallace

    A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Bible

    Dancing with Deborah: My Exodus from Patriarchy to The Liberation of Women

    Nick Quient

    By some miracle or curse, the issue of women's equality avoided me throughout high school and managed to sneak by during most of…

    Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    Footnoted: Was the Bible Written Only for Men? Part 2

    Rebecca Card-Hyatt

    In Part One Rebecca wrote about how the Greek word “adelphoi” has been intentionally translated as “brothers” rather than as “brothers and sisters”…

    Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    Footnoted: Was the Bible Written Only for Men? Part 1

    Rebecca Card-Hyatt

    After reading the ESV New Testament, I couldn’t ignore the word adelphoi. The accompanying footnote that appeared 135 times is forever imprinted on…

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

    Masters and Slaves, Husbands and Wives

    Bob Edwards

    Husband and wives or masters and slaves? Today’s theologians do not continue to justify racial slavery on the basis of Canaan’s curse, yet…

    Women and the Bible

    Were the Disciples Unschooled Ordinary Men?

    Gail Wallace

    Did twelve ordinary, uneducated men start the Church? No, God used a larger group of both men and women disciples with varying backgrounds.…

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

    Lost In Translation: A Look at 1 Timothy 2:12-15

    Bob Edwards

    In Lost in Translation, Part 1, Bob showed that some words in the Bible are translated differently when they refer to women as…

    Women and the Bible / Women and the Church

    Lost In Translation: Phoebe, Servant or Minister?

    Bob Edwards

    Though inequality makes some of my complementarian friends uneasy, they hold fast to their beliefs nonetheless. They do this, some tell me, because…

    Women and the Bible

    Does the Creation Account Support Women’s Submission?

    Gail Wallace

    Views on submission exist on a continuum, but generally speaking, egalitarians support mutual submission in marriage, and church leadership based on giftedness rather…

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