Who am I? I’m raised up with Christ (Psalm 8)

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The musical Les Miserable starts with a big number focusing on the lead character’s status as a prisoner. He is simply known as a number 24601.  This builds into the question “Who am I?” which will be later answered not just with his prison number but with his name “Who am I? I’m Jean Valjean.” … Continue reading Who am I? I’m raised up with Christ (Psalm 8)

What will be the consequences of working from home?

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One of the measures used in a bid to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been work from home orders and advice.  Where possible, people have been asked to turn part of their home into their office and work from there. It’s worth noting that this has primarily applied to office workers. If you work in… Continue reading What will be the consequences of working from home?

Why are people attending church less frequently?

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One of the trends that quite a few people have noticed in recent years has been the change in definition of what it means to attend church regularly. To those of us in church leadership, who have been Christians for some time, regular attendance tends to mean “at least once a week.” However, the reality… Continue reading Why are people attending church less frequently?

Marriage at work (9) Protection and abuse

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8.1. The Problem So far, our scenarios have assumed a reasonably positive family situation.  We have considered to some extent the husband’s responsibility when his wife is unwilling to submit to his leadership in decision making, but what happens when the context turns more sinister?

Marriage at work (8) Decision making

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How do we couples make decisions in the light of Ephesians 5:21-33?  If wives submit to their husbands, does that mean that, as the head, he is responsible for all decision making?  Must she give in to him when there is an argument?

Marriage at work (7) Wives and work

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In this chapter, I will argue that not only does Ephesians 5:22 allow wives to work, but they may also take the role of lead wage earner.  I am arguing on the basis that our exegesis has demonstrated that whilst “headship” and “submission” are transcultural requirements, their expression is culturally contextualised, so that:

Marriage at work (6) “This is a mystery

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We now come to the climax of the instruction to husbands and wives.  These verses hold the whole instruction together and show how Christ’s relationship to the church is the basis for the marriage relationship.  As we noted earlier, Paul has been building up to this point by introducing body and flesh language in v29-30.[1]