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Let God Reign: Ditching the Umbrellas of Hierarchy

By: Julie R. Frady | October 11, 2023

You’ve heard it said that there’s a divine order in the family. This “umbrella order” protects the family from the rain of “Satan’s attacks.” But what if that “divine order” isn’t divine at all?

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Difficult Passages in the New Testament and How to Understand Them

By: Cynthia Long Westfall | October 5, 2023

Certain difficult New Testament passages have been consistently used to prevent the full partnership of women in the home, church, and world. How do we understand these passages in a way that rightly explains the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15)? My goal as a New Testament scholar has been to find coherence in my interpretation of [...]

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Women and Words: “Male Pronouns Don’t Exist in 1 Timothy 3:1–7” with Dr. Philip B. Payne

By: Mimi Haddad, Philip B. Payne | August 4, 2023

Mimi and Phil explore the important decisions of the New Testament translation team on difficult texts such as 1 Timothy 2:11–15, 3:1–12; Ephesians 5:21–33; 1 Corinthians 11:2–16; 1 Peter 2:18, and more!

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Women and Words: “I Tried To Prove Egalitarians Wrong” with Dr. Philip B. Payne

By: Mimi Haddad, Philip B. Payne | June 12, 2023

Dr. Mimi Haddad interviews Dr. Philip B. Payne on the meaning of “head” in Greek and the benefit of mutual submission.

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Let's Stop Doing as the Romans Do

By: Adam Benner | May 4, 2023

Despite the complementarian claim that female submission is authentically “Christian,” it’s actually more in keeping with Roman practice. In Ephesians 5:25–28, however, Paul teaches his readers to behave in a way that’s very different from that of Roman males—a truly Christian way of honouring women. The question is, will we learn what he [...]

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Book Review: The Bible vs. Biblical Womanhood: How God's Word Consistently Affirms Gender Equality

By: Kate Netzler Burch | April 6, 2023

The Bible vs. Biblical Womanhood is a thorough, comprehensive, and accessible introduction to prominent Bible passages that are often used to limit women. Philip B. Payne builds upon and summarizes a lifetime of research to show God’s word consistently affirms the equality of women and men.

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Book Review: Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church

By: Brianna Cortez | March 14, 2023

Whereas most books on women in ministry primarily focus on contested Bible verses, Nijay K. Gupta’s "Tell Her Story" takes a different approach. Gupta studies women throughout the Old and New Testament first, as if to say, these are the stories we need to shape our view of women—the ones that depict what [...]

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Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church

By: Nijay K. Gupta | March 14, 2023

For centuries, discussions of early Christianity have focused on male leaders in the church. But there is ample evidence right in the New Testament that women were actively involved in ministry, at the frontier of the gospel mission, and as respected leaders.

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Video: Ethnicity and Gender: Mutuality in Galatians 3:28 and Ephesians 5:21–33

By: Craig Keener | November 2, 2022

If Galatians 3:28 declares that unity in Christ has obliterated ethnic and gender barriers, what should we make of the household codes in Ephesians 5:21—6:9 and elsewhere? If Galatians 3:28 is the universal principle, how is that lived out in the tension between the already/not yet in a fallen world? This workshop explores the social and apologetic [...]

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