Christians like to point to the martyrdom of the first apostles as evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. They base their hypothesis on the premise that people don’t die for a lie they know to be false. People might die for a lie that they believe to be true, but not one they know to be false.
Until just a few years ago when my husband mentioned it, I didn’t even know there was a question about the ending of Mark 16. When comparing the shorter ending with the longer ending, it is clear that the longer version is a happier ending. Did Bible editors include the longer version just to give us a happy ending?
Did you ever wonder why we say, “until death do us part?” It’s because there will be no marriage in the life after death. How do we know this? Because the apostle Luke tells us that Jesus said so.
As you may or may not know, before I became a dedicated follower of Jesus, I identified as a liberal feminist. I believed in the right of women to be strong, independent, equal, and even the right to make hard "choices." My identity changed as I discovered who I really was as a special child of God.
When I set out to write this series, one of my main motivations was to gain clarity in my own mind about the truth of the matter. I had procrastinated on analyzing the biblical data and stating my official position concerning the role of women in the church. I owed it to both to myself and to the Christian community to do so.
In this series on gender roles in the church, we’ve finally come to what has been called “the 1 Timothy 2 proof-text bomb.” There is so much to be said about these few verses!
In 1 Corinthians Paul addresses the entire church, men and women, as “Christ’s body” and says that they should be “eager for the greater gifts.”
I’ve never written or spoken publicly on the issue of gender roles in the church. My philosophy about my personal ministry work has long been: “Lord, here I am, send me, and I will go.” A prayer I pray persistently is, “Open the doors I am to walk through, but seal tight the ones that would displease you.”
Today most people would agree that Human Rights is a hot global topic and a problem prevalent in the world. However, without knowing why Human Rights are important, it is almost impossible to find a solution to the problem. A biblical worldview of man and the Gospel message are the best approach to the Human Rights issue and a solution to the problem.