Remember, There Will Be Wolves!

Recently my darling husband sent me an encouraging email. I was invited to share at a theological conference hosted by one of our Independent Christian Churches. Four speakers were asked to tackle the question, "What is the biblical view of a women’s role in church leadership?” from differing viewpoints. I had been spending much time... Continue Reading →

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Welcome Home.

Maybe we all need to "go home” and rethink what the Scriptures teach about the home and its place in the fulfillment of God’s plan for everyone to return safely home (Gen 3:15; John 3:16; 1 Tim 3:15). The recent news of one Christian leader’s remark about another specific Christian woman who preaches, is nothing... Continue Reading →

Cherry-Picking & Breadcrumbs: Two Ways of Reading 1 Timothy, Part 2

HAVE WE LOST OUR WAY? In “Cherry-Picking & Breadcrumbs, Part 1,” available here, I claimed that using a cherry-picking methodology to study through the letters of Timothy and Titus – misidentified as church-manuals centuries ago – in order to solve the women-in-leadership issues in the church is undoubtedly one of the reasons we are unable... Continue Reading →

Cherry-Picking & Breadcrumbs: Two Ways of Reading 1 Timothy, Part 1

HOW “CHERRY-PICKING” MISSES PAUL’S MESSAGE IN 1 TIMOTHY Ever since the early 1700s three short books in the Bible – 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus – have been classified as Pastoral Epistles (PE), with 1 Timothy relied upon as the premier church manual for churches everywhere. Is this a misclassification that obscures Paul's message... Continue Reading →

“Reconcilable Differences: Hearing Paul’s Heartbeat Above a Hermeneutic of Hierarchy,” Pt. 1

This essay examines the theme of reconciliation through three of Paul’s letters: Philemon, Colossians and Philippians. By tracing Paul’s concept of unity and reconciliation as they flow through these letters, I hope to gain insight into how the reconciliation, demonstrated by Christ’s submission to God unto death, developed into the ethical practice for Christians.  The... Continue Reading →

The Priestly Work of Mothering

Of all the artistic renditions of the Madonna and her child, I find the one above, a Haitian Madonna and her son, captures best the fullness and richness of Mary’s life—one of poverty, yet filled with the wealth of home and family. The Haitians, like the Jewish people, were dispersed from their rightful homes, yet... Continue Reading →

The Conundrum of a Faux-Paul

What if Paul is not the author of the letter to Timothy as tradition teaches? What if someone masquerading as Paul wrote it instead? Would that matter to you? Would this change how we teach and apply the letter today?  This essay concerns the matter of pseudonymity for letters traditionally attributed to Apostle Paul. Many Bible scholars surmise this is the... Continue Reading →

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