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What do we know about Ephesus?

When it comes to working out life in the early church we know more about some churches than others. When it comes to working out gender roles in the church, some churches are more important than others. Which leads us to Ephesus, because in Ephesus those questions overlap. We have much more information about Ephesus than many other early churches – certainly more than Antioch, the churches in Galatia, Colossae or the churches in Crete or Cyprus for example. Few rival it either in terms of the extant archaeological site…

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Book Review: Freedom & Boundaries

What do complementarians think and why do they think it? Why do some churches, men, women, denominations and networks in this day and age still think that some roles are reserved only for men. For some people that is just simply an unfathomable mystery or the answer is found in misogyny, sexism, power games and oppression. Kevin DeYoung does his best in 170 pages to explain the views of complementarians and deal with all the relevant key texts, gives examples of what that actually means in a local church and…

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Book review: The gender agenda

I continue to regularly read books on the role of women in church leadership, seeking to weigh the various arguments as carefully as I know how. The latest is The Gender Agenda by Lis Goddard and Clare Hendry. The book takes the format of a series of exchanged emails between Lis and Clare as they debate this issue. Both women minister in the Church of England and teach and preach. Lis is convinced that all roles are open to both men & women whereas Clare is convinced that there is…

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Film review: Chasing Ice

The fact that ice melts is not news to you, me or in fact anyone. The fact that much of the world’s ice is melting and melting fast, is news. Controversial and disputed news. Interest in the subject of climate change has waned even as extreme weather events have, seemingly, increased. Chasing Ice is the story of award-winning photographer James Balog and his efforts to record the movement of glaciers. He did this by positioning 25 time-lapse cameras in Iceland, Greenland and North America and then over several years recorded…

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Book Review: Gilead

What amounts to a life well lived? What kind of person would you be at the end of your days? It’s a question not enough us ask and more of us would do well to reflect on. We’re too busy living to reflect on whether we’re making a good job of it or not. Gilead is the reflection of Rev John Ames, an old man writing to his young son a series of extended letters to help his son know his father and what matters. Setting Ames in rural America…

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