How should we understand the biblical call of headship and submission in the family and church? Complementarianism and egalitarianism have different views on this subject. This article explains ten things you need to know about complementarianism and its stance on the role of husband and wife in the family and church.
This article utters five cautions to consider when discussing what the Bible teaches on gender.
Leadership can be difficult as a husband and a father when by your long-term actions or inaction has forfeited the respect of those meant to follow your lead. Yet this article explains that you do not lead because you are worthy, but because you are called.
The role of women in the church, and in particular the issue of the ordination of women, is a worldwide discussion point. Yet the issue of women’s roles in the church and society is not a new one. This makes it all the more remarkable that the progressive reading of biblical texts such as 1 Timothy 2:9-15 is a comparatively recent phenomenon.
The syntax of 1 Timothy 2:12 has been the subject of serious scholarly discussion in recent years. Increasingly, It has become clear that before one can apply this important passage on women's roles in the church, one must first determine what it means. In this quest for the meaning of 1 Tim 2:12, the proper understanding of the passage's syntax has had a very important place, especially since consensus on the meaning of the rare word "authentein" has proved elusive.
This article explains that the headship of the husband is the authority given to him by which he is expected to treat his wife and children as Christ pleases. It is characterized by love and a reflection of Christ and the Father. However, this headship can also be abused, and the author explains how.
Egalitarianism is the theological view that not only are all people equal before God in their personhood, but there are no gender-based limitations of what roles each can fulfill in the home, church, and society. Which way to go, the egalitarian or complementarian way? Let the article explain the difference on the view of equality.
"Act like a grown up." Have you had these words directed to you? This article explains the need for maturity in Christian men and how to grow to maturity.
This article considers the role of women in the church and in particular the church in Philippi. Women played prominent roles in the development of this congregation that the apostle Paul commended for their partnership in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). The author seeks to explore the question of the nature of women’s “partnership in the gospel," by probing the narrative of Acts 16:12-40.
Should women be ordained to office? To answer this question this article looks at creation. It argues that man and woman were created equal and given different gifts and roles to play. This article looks at this role in a marriage and the church. It shows that though women can serve in the church, they cannot be ordained as elders and deacons. God is the one who decides the position of women in church.
This article considers the scenario where someone who has had a gender reassignment surgery wants to repent from their past and turn to the Lord. How do you help them down the road of repentance?
This article offers some key principles for answering the question whether women may be ordained to Christian ministry.
In this review on a book by Rebecca Jones, the author looks at the role of the woman.
What was the social position of women in antiquity? Were they less educated than men and did they enjoy less opportunity for public speech than men? Keener first notes the relevance of these questions for one line of egalitarian interpretation of Paul. He then examines some exceptions to this general rule, the presence of some women in advanced education, women in Jewish education, and women speaking in public.
This article analyzes the assumption that the patriarchal culture instituted in the Old Testament is a moral evil that was abolished through the coming of the fullness of redemption in Christ. This paper focuses on evangelical feminism. The author wants to understand the implications of embracing this assumption for the authority of the Bible as the infallible Word of God. His central question is whether adopting this assumption undermines scriptural authority.
This paper contends that the determining factor in approaching and resolving questions pertaining to the role of women in the church is hermeneutics. Passages that deal with this topic are identified: 1 Timothy 2:8-15, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, 1 Corinthians 14:34-36, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19, and 1 Peter 3:1-7.
This article considers issues pertaining to gender identity. It provides the medical and legal classifications. Afterward, it evaluates the claims of transgenderism. From a Christian worldview, it looks at the relationship between sex and gender. Practical ways of living and implementing the Christian perspective on gender identity are suggested.
Is there a distinct role of women in church and society, according to Scripture? The main focus of this study is the distinction between female status and function when considering gender roles. The author considers whether the apostle Paul made any distinction between spiritual status and function in the church. The status of Gentiles in the church is used as a paradigm for comparison.
This chapter treats the gender debate that continues in the church today. Questions concerning the role of women in the church are not diminishing. On the one hand, complementarians argue that men and women are equal but have distinctive roles. On the other hand, egalitarians argue against making any role distinctions.
The Bible clearly puts a limit on the teaching role of a woman. However, the author of this article distinguishes between the general and special teaching offices. This article shows that Scripture does not forbid women from teaching; however, it should not be at the expense of compromising the limits of Scripture. In addition, the woman must be submissive to the elders, and should not teach based on the false notion of the oppression of women.
North American egalitarianism has developed a distinct hermeneutic of its own with regard to its interpretation of gender-related passages in Scripture. It is the purpose of this article to provide a response to the hermeneutical issues raised in chapters by Roger Nicole and Gordon Fee in the book "Discovering Biblical Equality".
Moore states that debates over gender very seldom have to do just with roles in church offices or roles in the home. It often reflects little more than one’s larger stance in the Christian response to contemporary culture. Moore argues for a counter-cultural relevance of the Christian church. A vision is needed where male headship is understood in the light of the gospel of Christ and the restoration of all things in Christ.
The main thesis of this article is that we find in the Bible three insights that guide godly relationships between women and men. First, the author directs his readers to the mutuality within the triune God. The next insight is that the goal of male-female relationships is to reflect the very character of God. Finally, Grenz focuses on the means to godly relationships, i.e., empowering the other.
What is the identity of the valiant woman in Proverbs 31:10-31? Should the life of the ancient successful woman be understood as speaking of social activities in Israel? Should it be limited to religious virtues relevant to Israel?