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“Busy at Home”: How does Titus 2:4-5 apply today?


Sometimes there are posts which are very important to share.  This is one of them, but it must be said that everything that Margaret Mowczko provides much to think about.

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“I do not permit a woman to teach” – 1 Timothy 2:12

1 Timothy 2:12 (NIV)
12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

Sounds clear enough doesn’t it? Actually, no.  The translation has a number of problems. Margaret Mowczko unwraps the passage and throws up a number of questions.  Her exegesis demonstrates why it is not enough to select a few texts in efforts to prove your argument.

Questions about how to implement   1 Timothy2:12

By Margaret Mowczko

Some Christians think that the prohibition of a woman teaching a man, mentioned in 1 Timothy 2:12, is clear and straightforward in meaning, yet the various ways this prohibition is understood and implemented in churches seems to indicate otherwise.

The meaning of 1 Tim 2:12 is, in fact, not clear. We can only guess at the original context, reason, intent and parameters for this prohibition. And the original Greek of 1 Tim 2:12 poses linguistic challenges which hinder our understanding of the author’s meaning, force and scope. The ambiguous context and language of 1 Tim 2:12 (and the verses that follow it) raise several important questions about how we should apply this verse. This article looks at some of these questions.  (much more)


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Race and Gender Discrimination in the Church

Margaret Mowczko, blogger at Newlife

If only people were accepted for what they are or could be, there would be no problem; but to know that something over which one has no control – namely, one’s biologically inherited appearance [or gender] – is forever a bar to the realization of an ideal, this is what hurts and hurts deeply.

via Race and Gender Discrimination in the Church.

It is so disheartening and contrary to love and compassion that those we love are excluded from leading us to God in worship, through their witness and feminine perspective on the Good News. It is our guess that those resisting women’s ordination might suggest that women’s perspective on the Gospel can be no different to that of men – and if they agreed that there was another perspective it presumably would be deemed inferior.

We guess it will take the retirement of the current President for this matter to be progressed. Meanwhile the Church fades.


Posted by on February 27, 2012 in sociology, theology


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