Mark wants to convince his readers that Jesus has authority on earth like God does in heaven. Since I carry this baggage with authority, what do I do with Jesus when he claims to have authority? I hold him to the same query as I would other authorities in my life. I question if his authority is legitimate, and I examine how he uses it. Jesus claims that his healing power legitimizes his authority, and he uses his heavenly authority not for personal advantage, but to forgive and to bring wholeness to a broken man. This is a good test for those who claim spiritual authority. Do they forgive others?… Read More Authority Forgives
Today, a post I wrote about church planting is published at Christians for Biblical Equality. I share the experience that started me on my journey to seminary and egalitarianism. Go check it out!
Women in the early church were naturally a part of its leadership because the home was their sphere of influence. … Read More The Women’s World of the House Church
This post is a part of the series comparing the teaching on various gender passages in the Bible. Read more about the series here. Ephesians 5:23 says, For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Context This verse… Read More Problem Passages: Ephesians 5:23
God’s Spirit does not always follow the rules as we understand them to be. Sometimes He uses the Eldads and Medads who are like us, a little bit different, to speak with power and grace.… Read More Gems from Numbers 11: Prophesying without Permission!