Monthly Archives: December 2012

Eternal Suffering in Hell

When the subject of hell comes up one thinks of the wonderfully imaginative works of Hieronymous Bosch of skewered people being roasting over fires in hell by gleeful minions of the devil. But the actual passages in the Bible about … Continue reading

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Phoebe the Deaconess

The apostle Paul mentioned Phoebe the “diakonon” in Rom 16:1. The word is both the masculine and feminine version of the Koine Greek word for deacon, or servant. Paul wrote to Timothy in I Timothy 3:11 that deacons should be … Continue reading

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“It is a shame for women to speak in church”

Another passage used to deny women leadership in fundamentalist churches is I Cor 14:34 “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to … Continue reading

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I Permit Not a Woman to Teach

One of the distinctives of most fundamentalist Christian churches, is the hierarchy of men over women. Several passages of Scripture are used, one of which is I Timothy 2:11-15: “11┬áLet a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. 12┬áBut I … Continue reading

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