There is a pressing need for the UK and US church to address how porn dehumanizes and exploits women and to recognize how resources meant to address porn use have centered the male gaze and perpetuated rape culture.
Paul may not come across as a loving father-figure. But when you look at 2 Corinthians through Deuteronomy 21, it starts to look like Paul treated the Corinthian church like a daughter he cared for deeply.
To read Priscilla’s story through a lens of male-only leadership diminished her calling and also Paul’s. It also obstructs, demeans, and even abuses God’s welcome to women leaders and their male allies then and now!
Christians can assume egalitarian interpretations of Paul are a modern phenomenon, but evidence suggests that is incorrect. Meet one Christian group who ordained women for 200 years after Paul because of Gal. 3:28.
Phoebe’s position in the church is debated. If she was a leader, some are sure she was an exception to the “rules” of 1 Cor. 14 and 1 Tim. 2. But what if Phoebe’s leadership represented the rule instead?
Intended to help understanding, verse and chapter numbers are not the Word of God. Sometimes these additions break up thoughts that clearly should go together. This leaves interesting questions about 1 Timothy 2 and 3.
Paul lived and died for the gospel of Jesus. We learn a bit more about what Paul thought this gospel meant and what he believed it changed about power dynamics from what he says in his letter to the Philippians.
Historical context can be the key to understanding uncomfortable biblical texts. When we frame the household codes in Colossians through the lived experience of Paul, we find a surprising, liberating message.
My advice: Buy this book. Read it slowly. Chew on its words. Digest its content. Let its truths tutor your mind, penetrate your soul, and motivate you toward embracing, modeling, and conveying a more humble, Christlike expression of power.