Weighted Glory

THE BIBLE

  • Who is Junia? An Overview

    (Jump to Series Index) Junia is a first-century woman mentioned in the New Testament, in Romans 16:7. Paul includes her on a long list of greetings to local Christians in Rome: Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in […] Read more…

  • Introducing the Junia Series

    (Jump to Series Index) One would not expect a conflagration of controversy from the ending of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. The sixteenth chapter lacks the robust theology expounded on in earlier chapters, instead containing a seemingly innocuous list of salutations to local Christians at the church in Rome. Yet controversy is exactly what the […] Read more…

THE CHURCH

  • John Chrysostom on the Apostle Junia

    If you’ve ever read a serious article on the apostle Junia, you’ve read the following quote from John Chrysostom of Constantinople (c. AD 349 – 407), which says: “’Greet Andronicus and Junia . . . distinguished among the apostles.’ To be apostles is a great thing, but to be distinguished among them—consider what an extraordinary […] Read more…

  • Did Origen Say Junia Was a Man?

    (Jump to Series Index) Miscellaneous hierarchist Web sites, blogs, and articles will number Origen among the patristic witnesses who said Junia was a man. For just one example, see this 2007 article by David W. Jones, available at the Council on Unbiblical Manhood and Womanhood: “[Stanley J.] Grenz tentatively mentions that biblical commentators up until […] Read more…

SPIRITUALITY

  • Another Reason Churches Should Not Sue: The “Actual Malice” Standard

    James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel has published an op-ed in Christianity Today defending his poor choice to sue other Christians as “biblical.” I’ll have more to say on his decidedly unbiblical argument in a future post, but for now I would like to point out yet another reason why it’s a bad idea for […] Read more…

  • The Elephant’s Defamation? Thoughts on the Harvest Bible Chapel Lawsuit

    Christianity Today recently reported that Harvest Bible Chapel—a 13,000-member megachurch based in Rolling Meadows—is suing a pair of bloggers (and their non-blogging wives) for defamation, along with a reporter who was working on a story about HBC. The bloggers used to run The Elephant’s Debt, a watchdog site dedicated to exposing alleged financial mismanagement and […] Read more…

MINISTRY

  • I Suffer Not a Woman—But I’ll Suffer Just About Anything Else (Harvest Bible Chapel Edition)

    I would criticize Harvest Bible Chapel and accuse them of running a cult, but I’m afraid they would make me an elder. Then again, I guess I don’t have to worry about that, since I’m a woman. HBC wouldn’t make me an elder no matter how much I spoke ill of the church and its […] Read more…

  • Wedding Vows & Sermon

    Here are the wedding vows that we used for our ceremony, as well as the sermon that my friend Katie Langston preached when she married us. Katie and I met online almost 10 years ago when I was mostly blogging about Mormonism, where she was one of the Mormon commentators on my blog. She is […] Read more…