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Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

Why Did Jesus Warn Us About Balaam? (part 2)

In part 1, we looked at the error of Balaam — which appears to be willingness to do wrong for financial gain. Now let’s look at the doctrine of Balaam.  As you remember from part 1, King Balak of Moab sends messengers to Balaam offering money if he will just come and curse Israel. God tells Balaam not to do it, …

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If I Perish, I Perish — Liam Goligher’s 4th sermon on the book of Esther

UPDATE (22 Sept 2016)   “If I perish, I perish ” —  is highly relevant to the case of Jessica Fore (Abuse Survivor) who has been Charged by her PCA Church with Contempt. Jessica is telling the world and we think she is displaying the kind of courage and faith that Esther displayed. If need be, Jessica is prepared to …

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Why Did Jesus Warn Us About Balaam? (part 1)

What would it be like for Jesus to suddenly appear to us in an open vision? That’s what happened to John in the book of Revelation. Jesus appeared to him with a message for the seven churches and a warning for us about the doctrine of Balaam. (Rev 2:14) Out of all the Old Testament characters, …

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The change of Genesis 3:16, ESS, the colonial code of relationship, and a call to bystanders

We’ve written before about how some leaders of the complementarian movement claim that the Son is eternally submitted to the Father (ESS/ERAS). We’ve written about how they use this notion to subtly oppress and coerce women into submission to abusive men (here,  here and here). We now know that these people and their associates recently changed Genesis 3:16 in the Permanent Text …

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An open letter to Dr Wayne Grudem (ERAS part 5)

Dear Dr Grudem, do you allow me the right to ask you a question? And if so, could you kindly answer? Please? Here is my question:–  If I wonder whether you are failing to value women’s equality in the image of God, am I evincing a hostile desire to compete with you for leadership? Am I using a sufficiently submissive tone? Let’s see, …

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How Wayne Grudem fits his ideas on authority/submission with his thoughts on domestic abuse

Wayne Grudem claims that complementarianism guards against abuse. He maintains that his ideas on authority and submission don’t lead to abuse because he also emphasizes that men and women are equal in value: This created order is also best for us, because it comes from an allwise Creator. This created order truly honors men and women. It does not lead to …

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