This year, we will carefully and methodically, verse-by-verse, read the Word of Truth together in the following texts, using the study guides provided in the Eden Book series: Continue reading The Eden Book Series by Bruce C. E. Fleming
I decided to start “listening” to the voices and stories of the women within scripture’s pages from a woman’s point of view, for we know God created woman with good intent. To woman God gave the power to bring forth life, to be strength, courage, and a powerful rescue to the people of earth. Adam was unable to go it alone. Only with Eve, his equal and his counterpart, bringing with her the gifts of life, love, hope, strength, courage, faithfulness and power would Adam survive. Together, they had the potential to thrive. Continue reading Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful
Paul shook his head and muttered to himself. He could feel his temperature rise, even against the close heat of the small room he’d been given, to spend the night. But, there was no mistaking what he was reading, as the simple, clay oil lamp flickered its light across the papyrus. “God!” he thought. “God! Why!” Continue reading A Better Reading of 1 Corinthians 11 and 14
Paul worked from the teachings of Jesus. Everything Paul wrote must be sifted through the Gospels, or it won’t read right. Jesus was very clear—a point we have tragically ignored for most of Christendom’s existence—that we are not to rule over anyone within the kingdom. Continue reading Colossians 3: Household Codes
Crazily enough, these verses mean exactly the opposite of what you and I have been lead to think. Continue reading How Genesis 3:15 Supports 1 Timothy 2:11-15
I learned in my own Greek class that whenever a group was mixed, male and female, only the male gender was used to describe the group. If you were looking at a group of, let’s say, six girls and one boy, you would use male gendered language to describe that group, if you were speaking Koine Greek.
Now, just think about that for a minute, as you review famous Bible phrases and passages Continue reading Let Her Learn!
What if we’ve been trying to unlock 1 Timothy from a modern, western, Age of Enlightenment perspective when the letter itself is based upon the logic, letter-writing customs, and Greek idiosyncrasies of the ancient near east? Continue reading Three Keys to 1 Timothy
The Chiastic Structure or Pattern shows a different emphasis in 1 Timothy, one in which proto-gnostic teaching was becoming a problem that must be addressed head on. Timothy was to make sure everyone was properly educated before they were entrusted with being deacons and elders, teachers and leaders within the church. Continue reading What is the Point of 1 Timothy 2:12?
The part people often miss is that Paul wanted women in the classroom, learning scripture, theology, Greek and Hebrew, reading and writing, and presumably teaching and evangelizing, right alongside the men. Continue reading 1 Timothy 2:11-12
Excerpts from Cynthia Long Westfall and NT Wright, trying to get a handle on the word translated “Authority” in 1 Timothy 2:12 Continue reading αὐθεντέω