24 Aug '15, 6am

Another excellent read on the (problematic?) household code of Ephesians 5... special appearance: chiasmus!

Later in my marriage, when I began re-examining many doctrines I had been taught, the idea became more and more troubling. If Paul is really saying that marriages illustrate Christ’s authority over the church and the church’s obedience to Him, this has serious implications. I have heard preachers say that when non-believers look at the leadership of husbands and the submission of wives, they will see the beauty of Christ’s relationship with the church and be drawn to Christianity. I have heard teachings that a marriage will only properly illustrate Christ’s relationship with the church when the husband steps fully into his leadership role and the wife responds by joyfully placing herself under his authority. But the idea of husbands and wives as best friends and companions is essentially in conflict with this notion. A kind of friendship may be had between an authority fig...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/kristen-rosser-marriage-c...

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@EtotheNev finally getting around to researching Paul's household codes // here's a post from Rachel Held Evans

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rachelheldevans.com 23 Aug '15, 8pm

Many Roman officials believed the household to be such an important part of Pax Romana that they passed laws ensuring its ...