John McKinley

Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 5

By John McKinley Nov. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In my earlier posts for this series I argued that the office of Deacon should be reconsidered as broader than physical needs and re-defined as leadership of the ministries of the church. I argued that women should be promoted to the office of Deacon in the church. This final piece addresses two objections related to promoting women to the office of Deacon with some functions of leading and instructing men in the church. Just to be clear, this entire proposal is within a complementarian framework that regards women and men as distinct, as shown by the limitation of the office of Elder to qualified men (not women).

 

 

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 4

By John McKinley Nov. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Part 4 in this series on the office of Deacon focuses Gregg Allison’s argument that we would do best to re-define the office as enlarged beyond the care of physical needs. 

 

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 3

By John McKinley Nov. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Part 3 in this series on the office of Deacon focuses on the biblical passages that directly reveal the office of Deacon on the way to re-defining the office as enlarged beyond the care of physical needs.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 2

By John McKinley Nov. 4, 2014 1:30 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In part 1 of this series of posts on the office of Deacon, I briefly presented support for reading 1 Timothy 3:11 as best understood to refer to woman Deacons, not wives of male Deacons. Additionally to that exegetical and historical evidence, I observe that the only person identified with anything close to the title of Deacon in the Bible is a woman, Phoebe, a diakonos of the church at Cenchreae (Rom 16:1-2).

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 1

By John McKinley Oct. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

An opportunity for expressing the complementarity of men and women in the church is to promote women to the office of Deacon. Controversy accompanies the question of women and the office of Deacon, so the opportunity is lost in many churches. In what follows, I will present the arguments about 1 Timothy 3:11 (as referring to women Deacons or not) and propose a way this office can be promoted for greater expression of complementarianism in the church. In a companion post to follow soon, I will present the related question of what the Deacon role is.

 

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Religious Language and Everyday Discourse

By John McKinley Sep. 2, 2014 9:15 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Occasionally I find myself in a conversation with a non-Christian friend. Sometimes, I have to pay close attention to the language I use if the talk turns to things related to God and ultimate reality. I do the same when I talk to my children about Bible things. I want to be understood, but the normal Christian terms are a foreign language to many people, Christians included. The terms are difficult to use when they don’t communicate.

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Remembering Heaven

By John McKinley May. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology

For whatever reasons in my experiences and personality, I have often looked forward in life to a better situation: I’ll be able to drive, I’ll be finished with high school, I’ll have a job, I’ll be married, I’ll live in my own home, etc. I find myself sometimes weary of the present because of problems that I have to face today, and I sometimes wish I were already ahead in tomorrow. Not least does this occur for my desire to be in Heaven ...

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