exousia vs authentein

Five years ago, I posted a comment at the Dalrock blog about Paul’s instructions regarding the supposed authority of men over women in the church. I said this: The grammar of 1 Tim 2:12 is highly ambiguous. [..] The proper interpretation rests on the rendering of authentein, a word only used once in …

Headship: Authority or Preeminence?

During my recent series on sanctification in marriage, I touched on the topic of ‘headship’. The modern way of thinking has diverged from the Ancient Near East mindset where authority derived from status, not the converse. Review In Sanctified Marriage: Part 2, I noted that ‘head’ in Ephesians 5 means ‘preeminence’, …

Waldensians: An Historical Overview

There is much mystery about the sect of Christians known as the Waldensians. Wikipedia provides the common understanding: Originally known as the “Poor Men of Lyon” in the late twelfth century, the movement spread to the Cottian Alps in what are today France and Italy. The founding of the Waldensians is attributed to Peter Waldo, a wealthy merchant who …

Catastrophism

I just read something unexpected today. Ed Hurst at Radix Fidem had this to say (although you should read the whole thing, it isn’t too long): But if the political and economic chaos is not enough by itself, God is also moving to enhance the chaos and destruction of man-made structures. …

Reviewing Wright’s Universal Apologia: Part 9

This the eighth in a series reviewing John C. Wright’s A Universal Apologia for the Catholic Church. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, and part 8. The Problem We now delve into the question of the Roman Catholic Eucharist. Wright explains: The …

Redemption

Over at  the Sigma Frame blog, Jack has boosted the request that bloggers write about redemption. I concluded the real challenge in understanding redemption is not in understanding what the scriptures say about it (because Christians have heard or read it before), but in knowing what it looks like IRL and …

Sanctified Marriage: Part 4

(see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) In Ephesians 5:21-33, Paul tells all Christians that they must submit to one another. Mutuality 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Out of reverence for Christ, all members of the church are to be putting themselves under—ranking themselves under—each other: humbling …

Kephalē in the New Testament: A Review

Over at the Sigma Frame blog, anonymous user info suggested that the Greek word kephalē  means authority. He was helpful enough to provide a link to Right Reason, Kephalē in the New Testament, by Dr. Glenn Andrew Peoples. This post is a quick review of that word survey. Head The …