This is a strange, hair-raising, passage. Certainly a challenging bit of Scripture, but one that I think helps us to appreciate Paul’s concern that our behaviour does not malign our witness of the gospel. Good exegesis starts with understanding the passage’s cultural a...

Recently I read a quote from a women's conference that said "feminism and other voices trick me into thinking that God’s design isn’t good. I want headship, I want control. Especially when men shirk their responsibility like Adam. Recognising my sin helped me to stop f...

January 19, 2017

So what does this understanding – that gender inequality is directly rooted in sin – offer to couples who are seeking to live out egalitarian ideals?

It tells us that Gender gender inequality is not just a practical problem, but a spiritual problem one.  So here are thr...

January 17, 2017

One of the most crippling and intractable of human beliefs is that human flourishing is a zero-sum game.  We believe that another person’s flourishing somehow leaves less for us.  That their success limits us.  That their gain must equal our loss.

Not so.  Rat...

January 17, 2017

In Genesis 3, after the man and woman disobey God by eating fruit from the forbidden tree, their equal partnership in carrying out their role as God’s image bearers was broken.  The power struggle that results, and the rule of men over women (Gen 3:16) is a disordering...

January 16, 2017

The introduction to Annabel Crabb’s excellent (and funny!) book The Wife Drought provides a depressingly clear picture of the gender inequality that doggedly persists in Australian society.

‘Of Australian couple families with kids under the age of fifteen, 60 percent h...

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