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I never liked the Apostle Paul very much.

(Apparently you can type a sentence like that and not be struck by lightening. Who knew?)

Like many Christians, I am drawn towards certain personalities or characters within Scripture. My heart has always aligned itself with the Apostle John. My sister has always had a soft spot for Peter. Someone else identifies with David or Mary or Leah perhaps.

But Paul?

I had Some Big Thoughts and Feelings about the Apostle Paul.

He wrote a lot of the Scripture that is used against women’s full equality. To me, he was a misogynist.  He was narrow-minded and bossy. He was snippy. As a feminist, I was suspicious of Paul. I even avoided his words in Scripture.

I mean, sure he wrote a lot of the New Tesatment but instead I camped out in the Gospels, in John’s epistles, in Hebrews, in the Psalms and Proverbs. Kelley taught me how to love Exodus and Isaiah and the Old Testament prophets.  As I grew in the faith, of course I began to read the whole canon of Scripture but I almost had to forget that Paul had written it – it was easier to receive the words, if I forgot that Paul was the one who dictated or scribed them.

Paul, late have I loved you.

Late, perhaps, but not too late.

As I was writing Jesus Feminist though, the strangest transformation took place: I began to love Paul. Really, truly love him, as a brother.

Yes, it was actually precisely because I was writing about life on the other side of the gender debates, advocating for the full equality of women, that  I rediscovered, appreciated, and began to love my brother, Paul.

It started with those clobber verses – you know the ones, 2 Timothy, Titus 2, Ephesians 5, and so on. I had already done my research long before the day came to write, but as a refresher, I dug out the commentaries and books again. Responsible author, I wanted to make sure I had my hermeneutical ducks in a row.

But as I worked my way through the passages of Scripture that I used to hate, I began to see Paul more clearly, to understand Scripture even better. I began to see his wisdom, his subversion, his heart. When I looked at his full ministry – how he praised and esteemed women in leadership in the Church, how he turned household codes within a patriarchal society on their head, how he used feminine metaphors, how he subverted the systems, how he passionately defended equality – the verses that used to clobber me began to embrace me.

The truth broke through. I wasn’t fighting AGAINST Paul – I was fighting WITH him.

I read Paul’s words in Scripture and I began to realise I had not known him. I had been silenced or shut down by people putting words in his mouth or intent in his words that he never intended and I had missed so much. I had to repent.

Now I think that if Paul knew how a few of his words had been twisted, misinterpreted, and misapplied to be used against women, he would be broken hearted. 

After all, this is the apostle who wrote these words:

I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us (Romans 8:39 MSG)

I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said. (1 Corinthians 10:29)

Love never gives up, Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t struct, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies. (1 Corinthians 13:3-7)

I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! (2 Corinthians 6:11-13)

And on and on and on….Galatians has been my home for months now and I will never be the same. Never.

In fact, that is my new assignment for fundamentalists: read Galatians 5 and 6 every day. That should cure it.

Page after page, word by word, the theology of freedom is settling back into my bones again.

Oddly, I began to love Paul for the very humanness of him: his frustrations, his love, his exhaustion, his passion, his intelligence, his impatience. All of it.

I’m so thankful for his unedited self.

He wasn’t perfect. He was complex, yes, but oh, such diamond-like multi-faceted brilliance. Poet theologian, evangelist and pastor, leader and thorn in the side. A radical contradictory shit-disturber, a truth-teller to power and a tender father heart, a broken and humble servant, all Paul.

His crazy beautiful words about freedom with responsibility, about mutual submission, his trust in Christ and not the law, about loving one another, about our Jesus …. he is my brother, indeed. His story is changing me. I love Jesus better because I’m hearing about him from Paul.

Maybe you either love him or you hate him. Either way, this Jesus feminist loves Paul.

 

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  • Nicole Resweber

    Oooooh my. I don’t like Paul. But I’m starting your book soon, and maybe… maybe you can convince me.

  • MeganInTheRealWorld

    I’m right there with you, Sarah. For a long time, my favorite verses and the verses I hated were both written by Paul. It wasn’t until I began really digging into scripture for myself that I realized I didn’t hate Paul’s verses, I hated misinterpretations of Paul’s words.

    • Melinda V Inman

      I feel the same way!

    • Phoenix_Mind

      Exactly how I felt! Once I began to apply hermeneutics, study the etymology, Paul’s culture and his audience, I found myself loving Paul. Like you said, it was the misinterpretation I hated. I had the same experience with some of the OT as well, though that was relieved by coming to understand how to read it. Does anyone else wish it was more common to teach believers how to read scripture properly? I feel like most of my spiritual teaching has been “a good Christian does/does not…”. I’d love to see more taught about descriptive/proscriptive, etc.

      • MeganInTheRealWorld

        I was in the exact same place! For a few years in late high school/early college I avoided church and Christians altogether because the only way I had ever been taught the Word was through the “do this, not that because the Bible say so” method. It wasn’t until I started actually reading scripture for myself and learning how to REALLY study it that I realized how completely skewed most teaching is. I believe learning to understand the Word for yourself is one of the most important things to a relationship with the Lord, and yet it’s the one thing most churches seem to almost discourage (maybe because they don’t want their interpretations questioned?).

        I’m glad I’m not alone!

  • Liz Wolf

    Yes! I used to dislike Paul too! Just recently I discovered how his words had been twisted and I realized that it wasn’t Paul I didn’t like; it was the people who translated his words through their biased view of women. Thank you for this!

  • Kathryn Bain

    The rearranging of Paul’s words to hurt women is something Satan has enjoyed immensely. Men who misuse these words to “teach” do so to inflate the male ego. However, it displeases God because it turns woman away from Jesus. Paul had two close friends, a married couple, Priscilla and Aquila. One is never mentioned w/o the other, and they are mentioned six times in the Bible. Priscilla first three times, Aquila first three times. This is Paul’s way of saying they are equal.
    Never let anyone convince you women were not important to God. In fact, anytime someone tries, just remind them it was the men who ran away scared when Jesus was arrested. The woman remained by His side.

    • David Antonini

      I wonder if Paul really remembered one letter to the next and did that purposely, including his uncanonised letters? Maybe He more often put Priscilla first. I’m just wondering if that was a conscious effort on the part of Paul, pr God allowing His and Paul’s heart to shine through in esteeming the couple equally.

      • Kathryn Bain

        That is a very good point, David. I hadn’t considered that. Either way, I think it shows how God loves men and women equally.

  • Melinda V Inman

    Oh, Sarah! I am so glad you wrote this! Studying Paul verse by verse and word by word has given me a deep love for this man. I started into Jesus Feminist, but stopped, afraid of what was ahead. Could I trust you? I wasn’t sure. I will now move forward with confidence. I can’t wait to see what you say next.

  • Melissa

    Love, love, love this article!! I felt the same Way until I did Bible study Fellowship’s life and letters of Paul. I adore Paul now. He is one of my heroes in the Scriptures, just because he had such a deep heart for God’s people. ALL of them, women too!

  • Heather Caliri

    Peter Gomez wrote about how the grandmother of African-American theologian Howard Thurman had torn out all the Pauline letters in her Bible; she knew the rest of the scripture almost by heart. When he asked her why, she said that when she was a slave, all the white preachers would preach Paul’s words about slavery to tell them to be obedient; the African-American preachers would preach Exodus or the gospels.
    I struggle with Paul too. I don’t think I’m ready to start re-reading him yet, but I am glad you’re pointing the way. It’s good to feel like my eyes for Scripture are healing with Jesus’ touch.

  • Allison

    The Message is an interesting translation. But NRSV gives this for 2 Cor: “11 We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12 There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13 In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.” It’s a very different feeling, to me – less about how they are living their lives and more like he is pleading with them to be welcoming to *him*, specifically.

    I have also struggled for many years with the verses that come immediately after: “14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? 15 What agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever?” As a person married to someone of a different faith, those verses plague me on a regular basis.

    Reza Aslan paints Paul as a wanna-be, hanger-on apostle in his book “Zealot” and that self-centered, self-promoter is still what I see in Paul’s writing. I continue to read and learn but I am not there yet with Paul.

  • Christine annunziato

    I recently read an article called “the ghost of Marcion” in which explains a lot of our misunderstanding and approach to Paul. If we knew Torah, we would understand Paul. Also, Paul only wrote about 15% of the bible, and it had better well jibe with the other 85%! Unfortunately, many people read Paul’s letters 85% of the time and the rest of the bible about 15%. This causes
    Many to twist his words per 2 Peter 3:15-17–“and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,…”

    https://www.google.com/search?q=the+ghost+of+marcion&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

  • Joshua Hitch

    Paul drives me nuts. He authored some of the most amazing, life-affirming, loving things I’ve read in my life. Then, a few paragraphs later he’ll write something that makes me shake my head, and wonder how he can be the same guy, something so mired in the thinking and culture of the times, so out of touch with the sweeping, amazing declarations he just made. I can’t say I’ve reached the same peace with him you have, but I have reached my own peace with him. He may have been a hypocrite, and he may have said some awful things, but he laid the groundwork for the negative parts of his own worldview to become obsolete. He was too entrenched in his time to see the contradictions, but at least he had moments where he could push past them.

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  • Mike

    Read Paul Among The People by Sarah Ruden. It will only fortify your appreciation for Paul.

    • Johan

      Sarah Ruden’s book is a rare treat. Yes, please read it.

  • Donna

    I have always appreciated Paul saying in Gal. 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I agree that he has been badly misinterpreted by people with a male-dominance agenda. A case in point is in Benjamin Corey’s post today on Formerly Fundie about Steven Anderson saying that women shouldn’t even be allowed to say “amen” in church (we are allowed to “chat” before the service and sing along with the hymns). http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/ameninchurch/ Oh … my … gosh!

  • Alison

    I, too, have a love/hate relationship with the Apostle Paul. I love most of his writings but some things leave me stymied and frustrated. However, I read somewhere (maybe RHE, but not sure) that Paul’s letters were written TO the specific churches FOR us. That helps a bit. I also read somewhere that if Paul knew we were creating doctrine out of those letters he’d be rolling in his grave. Not sure what to do with that, but can’t help but wonder if that’s true. Just bought your book, so hopefully I’ll find more insight into my internal debate. Keep writing!

  • Gillian Ward

    I love the total rugged, whole hearted dedication of Paul to right the great wrong he visited on the early Christians. Chains, shipwrecks, whippings, prison and so on, but, always witha huge heart for Christ amd his brothers ams sisters in Christ. As my church always read ALL of a passage from Paul somthatbhismyeaxhings made sense, I can’t imagine the total insult paid to women by those caught in Satans met oif trapping women by misrepresenting Paul’s teachings! What a man I say. That my faith could sing in the dark like his did!

  • Gillian Ward

    Pity I didn’t wear my glasses to type that post! 😉

  • Thank you for writing this. It’s been a while since I’ve really read any Biblical writers, but I remember Paul writing some amazing things. Then I started caring about feminism and other kinds of equality, and I got pretty uncomfortable with reading him at all. It’s reassuring that people see him as being misinterpreted and that he still has wonderful things to say.

  • Tania Runyan

    Sarah, this is where I’m at exactly. I fought with Paul for a couple of years while writing a collection of poetry based on his life and epistles (Second Sky, Wipf & Stock). I started the book because I was angry and confused then ended up falling in love with him. But not without a lot of doubt and angst. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Olivia Jessup

    I used to enjoy Paul simply out of that necessity of, “well, everyone else seems to like him, and there’s good stuff in his letters.” But after taking a course on the Pauline Epistles, I genuinely love Paul. (I’ll stop here before I rant about why I love Paul.) Thanks for this post, Sarah!

  • Helen Gaskins Washington

    I was 19 and spending a semester in Denmark. I was starved for fellowship and so when I read my Bible, I tended to get an attitude against Paul. I found him quite arrogant saying things like everyone should be like him. He just really bugged me. Then during my travel break, I had the opportunity to visit one of the prisons where Paul was, I was heartbroken by my thoughts and my self-righteousness. It seemed to turn every verse upside down and I grew to love him. His boldness was not my strong point and perhaps it is what rubbed me the wrong way and didn’t see it as passion. Yet I lived in wide open spaces and was quite quiet in my faith. Definitely rearranged my view of Paul. Love this post…thanks for admitting it first 😉

    • Laura Offenwanger

      Helen, I totally understand your original assessment of Paul as arrogant. I had felt the same way as well! And then I began to intentionally disciple others… and I resonated with his discipler’s heart, how passionate he could become, and how the church’s misunderstandings of the Christian faith were so challenging for him! I began to understand his frustrations, and to also see the love he had for them, and the sacrifices he was willing to make on their behalf.
      What a difference that made. Thanks for sharing!

      • Helen Gaskins Washington

        I love your comment Laura.
        I think that is really important to remember when we read the Word,
        what is the heart behind the person…even what aspect of God’s character/nature
        are we seeing in this passage/chapter.
        Yes…Paul had the heart of a discipler. I am glad he gave us that example
        even if it took me awhile to view him correctly.
        Thanks so much for the reply!

  • Have you read Daniel Kirk’s “Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?” That book changed the way I see his teaching as well. Paul was for justice for the poor, inclusion of the “outsiders”, and women in traditionally male roles.

  • Yes! I love the way your book brings out the Ways in which Paul is a feminist. 🙂

  • Steve

    Yeah, people who like & dislike Paul misrepresent him. Interestingly one of the controversial passages people use to justify patriarchy actually begins with a general ‘submit to one another’. Problem is, it’s missed because…

    …although Paul started the passage with this, when the chapters & verses were put in (much, much later) someone decided to put the ‘submit to one another’ at the end of the previous chapter! It distinctly looks like they wanted to hide it there!

    Paul was moving things on from the desparate state society was in at the time.

    The controversial bits were often answers to specific issues but the general statements he makes which have a broad feel to them are the ones people need to ignore if they want to hold things back. Like when he addresses all the major ways they used at the time to divide society into status & says none of this applies in Christ – no male or female, no Jews or Gentiles, no slave or free etc. No one’s worth more, or less, because of a false view by society.

  • Elizabeth Slough-Mills

    You write very persuasively; I’m going to reexamine Paul’s writings with a fresh eye now. Thank you. As a writer and editor, I also want to applaud you for the quality of your writing. I rarely read blogs because I find the frequency of typos, misspelled words, and grammatical errors frustrating. There are far too many people claiming the title, “writer,” when in reality they shouldn’t even be permitted to make up their own grocery lists. Your prose is marvelous–it is a diamond amidst the coal that predominates on the Web these days.

  • megan

    This is how I felt about the book of Acts. I did not like it for awhile because of what I was told. Now i love it. It such a beautiful book!

  • Awesomeness. I’ve had a similar relationship with Paul. When I read through his letters in chronological order, though, I saw an evolution to him. Not that he ever lost his edge… but as he ages, as he takes on the role of a mentor to Titus and Timothy, a softer side emerges too. It’s a refreshing reminder that the Bible maybe a divine book, but it is also fully human, written by fully human individuals. Thank you for sharing this.

    • meaigs

      I never noticed the parallel before between Jesus (The Word) as fully human while fully divine and The Bible (The Word) as fully human and fully divine. That is something I’m going to have to think about.

  • Marisa Stam

    God is SO at work! And his timing rocks my world EVERY TIME! Sarah – your message during the IF:Gathering was my first glimpse of you and your amazing love for the Lord. Through a series of things, I was led to your book on Saturday. Of course the title was intriguing but for $1.99 on Kindle, how can you say no??!?
    Long story short, I was up until 2am reading. Then Sunday night, same thing. God shook me awake on a trip to Ethiopia in 2008 and my life has never been the same. I came to Christ and got baptized later in 2009. Through a series of God-only events, I went to work for a church as an Outreach Director in 2010. I too, hated Paul. I’ve always been a liberal, strong, woman on a mission. And Paul seemed like a total hater to me. I was falling in love with Jesus but this guy who was launching the early church seemed so unlike him to me. But Paul wasn’t the problem. It was the way I had learned about Paul and how I was reading his words.
    This weekend’s reading changed my entire view of Paul. He was FOR us. He DID champion us. The Church has done such a poor job of sharing his message and following his example…especially for an outsider looking in. I was just telling a close friend yesterday the same thing you said above. Man, God is at WORK! He is calling his creation together.
    It’s time to right the misunderstandings and confusion that has held us back…that has held pure Christianity back. Jesus already died for us. Why do we live like that isn’t true so often?? We are free to love and walk through this life in partnership with one another.
    A group of 8 of us went through IF together in my living room last month. It changed each of us. Jesus changed each of us. This Saturday, we’re bringing IF to the women of our community. We have over 60 women registered. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that God has lined up your words for these events. His plan for us has always been beauty from ashes. My family moved to Florida 6 months ago. We left our family, our church, our friends because we believed God was calling us here. We really are the Esther generation…for such a time as this!

  • Suzanne Burden

    It’s so hard for some to imagine, but it’s getting easier and easier to see, this love for Paul you speak of. Hard wrestling involved, to really try to grasp what the epistles are saying, and then—freedom. Well said!

  • Thank you. I, too, have had a love/hate sort of relationship with Paul–mostly hate but I felt really guilty about the hate. Scot McKnight’s “The Blue Parakeet” started healing some of that chasm in me and your “Jesus Feminist” was a further step toward bringing together my love for scripture and my calling to ministry as a female.

  • Gary Ware

    Sarah, I have wondered, lately, if Paul was autistic. Several years ago, a male minister explained Paul’s writings with the understanding you now have. ONE (1) minister out of hundreds but we only need one with Truth. The word feminist turns all the negatives ON in me, but your blog and Introduction settled my spirit and I am anticipating a revealing read. You blogs have held my interest by provoking me to reconsider various ideas.

  • Karrilee Aggett

    Love this… and was also a late-comer to all the Paul-loving, but oh how how was for us… all of us – yes, every one.

  • Laura Offenwanger

    Sarah,
    A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a fellow church-goer in her car after a movie, when she loudly declared the same thing, “I HATE PAUL!” I was shocked at the vehemence of her words, and yet I understood so clearly why she said them. When you don’t know how to deal with some of his passages, how to look at the context and balance them with the body of his works… those “clobber verses” (as you so perfectly named them), can feel like weapons aimed straight at your heart. After pages and pages of Paul telling us how we are now a part of the newly christened “people of God”, with these verses Paul seems to be saying, “ya… but not you. Not entirely, anyways.”

    Unfortunately, in many of our churches we are not encouraged to ask the hard questions about these verses. We either pretend they don’t exist, or we accept them at face value (without trying to understand the context, and how they fit into the rest of scripture). Neither of which are a healthy approach!

    Thankfully, I long-ago had a couple of professors who explained some of the realities of these verses to me… and since then, have so enjoyed all of Paul’s amazing teachings. He had a discipler’s heart… and I love him for that!

  • Anne Burris

    I stumbled across this link in my Twitter feed from another blogger and had to email it to myself to contemplate and am just now getting to it. I was interested in it because after so many years of loving Paul, in the past year or two, he has become a huge stumbling block in my faith. Somewhere along the line doubt started creeping in. I began questioning why he sojourned so little with the other disciples- disciples who walked, talked and lived with Jesus. It seemed like they were many times at odds with each other about many foundational beliefs. From the beginning, Peter and Paul differed on the importance of Jewish customs. James and Paul differed on the importance with works vs. faith.
    I never even really thought about the things that you mentioned with regard to gender, but I have to say that actually doesn’t put me off as much because I tend to view things in their cultural setting. I read a book recently called “Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, a woman who teaches Theology at the University St. Thomas, and she expounds quite a bit about gender in reference to Paul. It helped to give me a perspective on Paul in the historical setting he was in.
    Anyhow, I still have many reservations about Paul, and I regret it because it has put me on a softer foundation. I desperately wish that I had that once unwavering faith in an “undisputable” scripture, but it seems to have changed for me. Fortunately, it hasn’t put a dent in my faith in Jesus and a God whom I wholly trust to guide me and keep me. I think it’s okay to question things. After all, he gave us these brains which we reason and think with.
    I do appreciate those wonderful scriptures you noted. They remind me of the wonderful qualities of Paul.

  • What do you think about the broad consensus among biblical scholars that some of the epistles were not authored by Paul at all? The Timothies and Titus are almost definitely pseudoepigraphy, and several others are likely written by followers in his name – a common and acceptable practice of the time. That changed Paul for me, as it eliminates some of the more inexplicable inconsistencies in “his” writing.

    • meaigs

      This was a big deal for me — once I realised that “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” was (almost certainly) not written by Paul some things just fell into place. I think it’s reasonably clear from other passages that Paul *did* allow women to teach, so it clears up some confusion for me. And while the author of Timothy has some wisdom for us this statement is about what *he* allows, not what God allows.

  • Rae

    It’s nice to know there are so many of us that feel/felt this way. Poor Paul, he’s so misrepresented by so many. Discovering Paul’s heart was a huge learning experience for me, as well.

  • KimmyJill

    The verses women not teaching men and women should remain quiet in church are misinterpretations? I don’t agree with them personally, but I was wondering how you came to this conclusion? These verses have always annoyed me so I just ignore them, ha. Oh, and also the one about submitting. Hate that one too and I just don’t find it necessary in my marriage of almost 34 years. Perhaps I should read your book. 🙂

  • I’m sure the slave who escaped to Paul and was returned into his bondage was equally enthralled with the man.

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  • Vicky F-D

    Spot on, Sarah!
    To those who have not yet discovered the real Paul :
    Believe me, the writer of Romans and Galatians is a great advocate for women – how could it be otherwise? Not his fault he was born in first-century patriarchal society where slavery also was a part of the fabric of life – but Galatians 3 v.28 is an incredible vision for the reconciliation of all human beings in Christ – and in a flash of inspiration from the Holy Spirit, he includes women too! He must have been left reeling with the radical enormity of it too.
    The reason we find Paul hard to understand and identify with is because our cultures really are so different – we tend to react as if he had been writing to a church just yesterday. And the translations are often too harsh. His words have definitely been misinterpreted – he is positive about women. I’ve been reading his epistles for many years now, and he has an amazing heart of worship for Jesus and a passion that the integrity of Jesus’ gospel of grace be preserved. I’m not sure he ever really got over having first persecuted the Church.
    I applaud Paul. Following in Jesus’ footsteps, he did all he could to ensure the gospel would be let loose into patriarchal society to subvert it from the inside. And what’s more, he put his convictions into practise, by having women on his ministry team.
    Blessings.
    A really great (academic) book about Paul is ‘Paul, Women and Wives’ by Craig Keener.

  • Thank you, dear Sarah. You’ve inspired me to read the epistles through this new lens.

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  • Jana Linn

    Sarah, what about Ephesians 5:22-24? “22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” This is one that I have seen so often used to justify abuse and to shove myself and other women I know into a box with a firm padlock. I’ve never liked this verse and it doesn’t make me feel good. Is there some context that I am missing or word that has been mistranslated or something? Thanks <3

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