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“For I am not ashamed…..”

by Alison Chapman


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Recently, I heard the passage in 1 Timothy 2 v 11-12 being referred to as an ‘embarrassing passage’ by a Christian and I started to think more about this and if this was the reason why many people are either changing the meaning of it or ignoring it altogether. I started reflecting on the dread…

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Origen on 1 Corinthians 14.33-35 (part 1: the Montanists)

by Andrew Chapman


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Philip Payne ended his 2008 New Testament Studies article, ‘1 Tim 2.12 and the Use of ουδε to Combine Two Elements to Express a Single Idea’, with the remarkable claim that 1 Timothy 2.12 ‘simply prohibits women from assuming for themselves authority to teach men.’ In an update, ‘Οὐδὲ Combining Two Elements to Convey a Single…

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Dear friends, seek truth

by Alison Chapman


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One of the most important desires to have when seeking to understand the word of God is the desire for truth. It is important to lay everything down before the throne of God as we come to scripture and humbly seek our loving, heavenly Father with the simple request, ‘please show me your truth Lord,…

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Faith in the darkness

by Alison Chapman


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“But when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 I’ve struggled to write a blog recently as I have felt overwhelmed by the fact that a huge amount of women are now ministering in churches in places of authority, leadership and teaching. Not just overwhelmed by the sheer…

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Stopping the rot

by Alison Chapman


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For over a year now, since moving into our apartment, I have become a pipe surveyor, regularly checking out the unattended leaking pipe in the roofing over our allotted parking space in the parking lot beneath our housing block. I have visions of the whole building caving in over night, though my husband, who trained…

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The unpalatable truth

by Alison Chapman


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This is, I know, a contentious topic we are discussing on this website and at the moment, in our current climate, when the subject matter arises of ‘women in the church’ in the midst of a friendly discussion with someone, I sometimes find myself trying to avoid or hedge around it because, quite frankly, I’m…

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Mindsets and moods

by Alison Chapman


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Fresh out of bible college in 1998 and on quite a high, I felt led by the Lord to work overseas for 3 months in Russia, with street children. On joining the team there, as the newcomer, I was designated the job of breakfast washer-upper and toilet cleaner at the day centre where the children…

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Faith and repentance

by Andrew Chapman


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The proximity of the Women Bishops legislation forces us to consider our response to this impending development, and makes us fear that it is already too late to avert what is proclaimed on all sides to be inevitable. But for a conservative Christian who knows that the appointment of women bishops in the Church of…