Church 

Women & complementarian churches

What follows is a few thoughts and a tonne of links. It seems to me that in recent months the debate about the role of women in the church has burst into life again (at least judging by the sheer amount of links I’ve saved). This isn’t all that surprising although the reasons have generally shown people like me (complementarian) in a pretty bad light. In what follows I’m going to share some links and resources that I’ve been saving the last while. They work through where I position the…

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The Curiosity Index (19.06.2018)

What the Bible really says about government Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes: The Bible is a tricky text to interpret. Some people think this is because it’s a grab bag of various texts from many centuries; you can make that argument, but there’s no important text from human history that is straightforward to interpret, probably because otherwise, people wouldn’t find them so interesting, and they wouldn’t tell us interesting things about this messy reality we inhabit. The Bible is unclear, but so are Plato’s dialogues, Shakespeare’s plays, and the Constitution of the…

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The Curiosity Index (28.05.2018)

Women in the Storyline of Redemptive History 21 important observations The Flood in the Ancient Near East Scot McKnight interacts with the book by John Walton and Tremper Longman. Hold Fast to the Gospel Exactly How To Spend The Last Hour Of Your Workday Some creative and productive ideas here 9 Times The World Almost Had Nuclear War Without Us Knowing Lucky, lucky, lucky.

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2017)

So it’s been really busy, what can I say? But back by popular demand (well, I still want to do it)… Nephilim, Anakim, and Why We Care Andrew Wilson on top form showing that a) Bible-believing Christians can believe some pretty weird stuff b) it can save you from believing some even weirder stuff. I’d never spotted the flood-Nephilim-Anak connection before and now that I think of it, it sounds compelling. Is the Bible Good for Women? Here’s a good question by Wendy Alsup: “Is the Bible good for women? How…

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Gender 

To help & not to hurt

I have two children; a seven year old boy and a five year old girl. My daughter is on the tiny side, while she packs a lot of character into her small frame she is woefully under-gunned when it comes to handling her big brother. My son is not small for his age, quite the opposite – he is tall, wiry, surprisingly strong and when he hits, it hurts. So whenever I have to talk with my son, (after having first consoled my stricken daughter) the conversation always ends with a…

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Gender 

Violent

Men are violent beasts. Since Cain did his brother Abel in, men have been bashing, cutting, stabbing, punching, detonating, shooting, destroying people and things ever since. Women, of course, are not immune to this propensity to kill, maim and destroy but by and large if something violent is happening somewhere in the world it’s a fairly safe bet a man is involved. Violence against women is a particularly insidious and disturbingly common form of violence. In the fifteen years or so that I have been in church leadership I have had the sad…

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Gender 

Men are stronger

Over the last couple of days I’ve stated something that shouldn’t be controversial but is: that men and women at a fundamental biological level are different – our chromosomes, our bone structure, our hormones, our differing responses to disease and yes our genitals mean that we are not the same. My case today is to draw out some of the implications of this because it does have implications, positive and negative for both men and women. Here is one fact that has profound implications: Men are stronger than women. There are…

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The same but different (part 2)

Yesterday I posted a longer article about the challenges contemporary society has in even being able to answer the questions ‘what is a man?’ and ‘what is a woman?’ I also found a very similar article I had in draft form, but had never published. It is similar but offers different examples and links. Here it is: In our secular age the church mostly makes the news when it is out of step with the dominant progressive agenda in the West. This has played out in a number of obvious…

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