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My 3 Words

Chris Brogan suggests selecting 3 words each year to define your focus for the next 12 months.

Although I’ve been on the sidelines in the past, I’d like to apply this idea in 2012.

My 3 words are prayer, patience, perspective.

I will pray in a structured way at least twice per day, with additional prayers as needed throughout the day.

I will be more patient when I feel my hot button being pushed. When a person is mistreated, I will respond firmly but not in anger.

I am not yet fully clear on what I mean by perspective, but I anticipate that keeping life in perspective will help me serve my family, my church, and my students & colleagues more effectively.

Controversial Passage: vv. 9-15

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Verses 9-15 are incredibly challenging.

Here are a couple of blog posts related to these verses:

Women in the Church- 1 Timothy 2:8-15, part 3 adopts the complementarian rather than the egalitarian interpretation.

Reading 1 Timothy 2:9-15 in Its Literary Context proposes that “[r]eading 1 Timothy 2:9-15 within its literary context indicates that Paul is not addressing women here simply because they are women,” and consequently that it is not necessary to adopt either the complementary or egalitarian position on this passage.

What I find most difficult as I struggle with these verses is that the egalitarian position appears to be much younger than the complementarian position. This point is made repeatedly by the complementarians.

However, this does not make it necessarily the correct interpretation.

For example, the egalitarian position with respect to race is younger than the complementarian position. This has important implications!

Are there any Christians willing to adopt a complementarian position on race? Or is this perspective outdated?

My claim is that it is outdated.

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Outline of 1 Timothy 1

  1. Greetings
  2. The Law
    1. False Teachers
    2. Its Purpose
  3. Paul’s Gratefulness
    1. God Is Paul’s Source
    2. Jesus Is Paul’s King
  4. Instructions
    1. Timothy’s Prophetic Ministry
    2. Warning Against False Teachers
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