Male and Female He created them (3)

So here is an attempt to list some of the characteristics and responsibilities of women described in the Bible. Some of these are shared with men  to whilst some are distinct which I think reflects the Genesis 2 sense of “like/opposite to” Get in touch if you would like to add to the list or comment on any of the suggestions here. Continue reading

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Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (part 1)

“What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?” asked one of our Union Learning Community students?

This is the verse that goes:

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

It’s the kind of verse that preachers hope someone else on the teaching team will get.  It’s not just something for theological students to puzzle over before sitting their exams. You will have read my recent post that picked up on the #churchtoo hashtag and one of the arguments being made is that the cover for sexual harassment and abuse in the church is provided by our theology. Therefore, the answer is to change our theology and to stop interpreting the Bible, especially verses like this so literally. Continue reading

Marriage, Gender and Worship

This Sunday, our Sunday morning Congregations are back looking at 1 Corinthians.  We’re about to delve into a section on public worship. We’ll be finding out what is meant to happen when believers gather together, how we should share communion together and what it means to exercise our gifts to glorify God and build one another up. 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