The following extract was brought to my attention by Paul Wildman, one of our subscribers. It provided a new slant for me on the prospect of house churches being a valid option for conveying the Jesus message in a world where “Christian” has become, in a remarkably short time, a “dirty” word.                                                                                                                                                                                     Rodney Eivers

“It would have been out of the question for [Saint] Paul that such female co-workers should be condemned to subservient silence. Paul traveled with these women, depended on the support of female patrons, and organized numerous local communities around the hospitality of powerful women. Because first- and second-generation Christian gatherings took place in domestic settings, which, unlike the public sphere, were traditionally presided over by women, positions of authority in these “house churches” naturally went to women. Paul’s authentic writings consistently reflect that. Indeed, they take the essential equality of women as a given.”


Carroll, James. Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age (p. 223). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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