Are you on the same field of play?

Mike Ovey used to draw a triangle on the whiteboard, he would label each side as follows:  No denial of unity, no denial of distinction, no denial of unity. Stray over any of the lines and you are outside of the “field of play” when you come to the Trinitarian orthodoxy.

David Peterson used to do something similar when it came to  the question of male amd female leadership roles to take account of those passages that talk in terms of male elders and women not exercising teaching authority over men (1 Tim 2-3) and those that clearly show women speaking and being involved in leadership (1 Cor 11, Romans 16).  He explained that within the boundaries is the field of play, space for discussion and learning from one another.  Continue reading

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Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (part 4)

So now we are ready to look at 1 Timothy 2:15 itself. We should be familiar with the text by now:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

What does the verse mean?  The meaning of the verse depends upon how we understand three key words, “saved,” “through” and “childbearing.” Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #Churchtoo (Part 3)

We are continuing to look at 1 Timothy 2:15

“15 But women will be saved through childbearing,[c] assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.”

We have seen that we need to think about the text in its wider context and first of all, we have done this by looking at Paul’s theology. Now we can look at the verse in the context of the Bible passage it is part of.

What is happening here?

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Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (Part 2)

The question we started to answer was this: “What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?”

1 Timothy 2:15 says:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,  assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

To answer the question, we really need to answer 3 questions.

  1. What is Paul’s overall Theology?
  2. What exactly is Paul saying in 1 Timothy 2? How does verse 15 fit into the context?
  3. What exactly does 1 Timothy 2:15 mean?

In this article we are going to look at Paul’s theology. Continue reading

The wise and foolish Builders – OT version (Proverbs 14)

Blenheim palaceThe other week, we visited Blenheim Palace. It’s an impressive tourist attraction, an elegantly designed building set in acres of beautiful parkland.  As well as being a tourist attraction, it’s actually the home of the Marlborough family. However, a number of commentators have observed that it wasn’t so much designed to be a home as a memorial to John Churchill, victor at the Battle of Blenheim.

So what does it take to make a home? Continue reading