Weighted Glory

THE BIBLE

  • Five Female New Testament Leaders Who Were Given Sex Changes

      Christians have been explaining away the uncomfortable truth of female leadership in the Scriptures for centuries. Deborah (Judges 4:4) was only leading Israel because “there were no worthy men available.” Phoebe (Romans 16:1-2) was just a “helper” and “servant,” not a “patron” and “deacon.” The female pastor whom John writes to in 2 John […] Read more…

  • 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…

THE CHURCH

  • John Chrysostom on the Apostle Junia

    (Jump to Series Index) 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 […] 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

  • Should a Christian get cosmetic surgery? I did.

    “She needs to get a nose job. That girl has a schnoz.” If I heard it once in my teenage years, I heard it many times. As adolescence descended on me, my nose grew in not just larger than average, but hooked, and not just hooked, but visibly crooked. The first time I saw my […] Read more…

  • 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…

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…