The odds are high that there are women in every church congregation who have experienced miscarriage. A church that supports women’s equality needs to be vocal about women’s embodied experience, including miscarriage
The primary task when considering Paul's assertion, “the husband is the head of the wife,” should be discovering the meaning of this head-and-body metaphor, not arguing for an extended metaphorical sense of half of the metaphor—the single word, "head."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.