Taking a fresh look at the bad girls of the Bible

It’s taken me a while to get around to the theme of this month’s blog, and I have debated with myself even about the title. Second-guessing myself whether I should even discuss the historical sexualisation of female Biblical characters. Who are the bad girls referred to in the title? These are the women who historyContinue reading “Taking a fresh look at the bad girls of the Bible”

The women who saw and told

The credible witnesses to Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection Imagine you have witnessed a crime, and you have to make a statement to the police to say what you saw or heard. You need to be truthful and tell the whole truth and not add any details which did not occur. In a court, a credibleContinue reading “The women who saw and told”

Phoebe, A Friend of Paul, Part 2

This is the third of my three blogs about an amazing church leader called Phoebe. It’s easy to get tied up in thoughts that Paul and the early church were against women leaders, speakers and missionaries. This is blatantly not true, and a close reading of Paul’s letters and the book of Acts in theContinue reading “Phoebe, A Friend of Paul, Part 2”

Phoebe, a friend of Paul Part 1

One of the most important women in the history of the early church you probably have never heard of. Not so long ago, a friend mentioned Phoebe and her importance to Paul’s ministry. I was shocked that having studied the Bible for many years (and I should add decades); I knew so little of her.Continue reading “Phoebe, a friend of Paul Part 1”