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12 Christian Theology Blogs that don’t Push Patriarchy

Someone wrote to me a while ago asking if there were blogs on Christian theology similar to The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God websites but that didn’t push a complementarian or patriarchal agenda. I replied to her with a list. A couple of weeks ago, I saw someone on Twitter ask a similar question. This tweet has prompted me to post my list here.

The following blogs are written by somewhat conservative evangelical scholars from a variety of denominational backgrounds. They cover a range of topics related to Christian theology and biblical studies. None of these blogs focuses primarily on gender discussions.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few that should be included; I’ll add these later. And let me add the disclaimer that I don’t necessarily agree with everything written on these blogs.

Scot McKnight: Jesus Creed

Dr Scot X. McKnight is a theologian, New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, and an ordained minister. He is also an author who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and Christian living. His blog explores the significance of Jesus and the orthodox faith for the 21st century. Scot’s latest books are A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing written with Laura Barringer, and To You All Hearts Are Open: Revitalizing the Church’s Pattern of Asking God.

Twitter: @ScotMcKnight

Michael Bird: Euangelion

Dr Michael F. Bird is an Australian theologian, New Testament scholar, author and an Anglican priest. The subtitle for Michael’s blog is “A post-post-modern blog on scripture, faith and following Jesus.” Michael’s latest book, Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible, will be available in June 2021.

Twitter: @MBird12

Ian Paul: Psephizo

Dr Ian Paul is a theologian, biblical scholar, author, and a Church of England minister, among other roles. He posts research, observations, and reflections on his blog that are often related to study, teaching, or ministry he is currently engaged in. Ian’s most recent book is the Tyndale New Testament Commentary on the Book of Revelation.

Twitter: @Psephizo

Phil Long: Reading Acts

Dr Phillip J. Long is a biblical scholar and a prolific blogger and book reviewer. He has taught full time at Grace Christian University in the USA since 1998, specializing in Biblical Studies and Biblical languages. Phil blogs on the book of Acts, Pauline theology, and much more! His most recent book is Galatians: Freedom through God’s Grace.

Phil is also the organiser of the monthly Biblical Studies Carnival. This carnival highlights some of the best scholarly blogs and articles that were posted in the preceding month.

Twitter: @plong42

Laura Spicer Martin: Enough Light

Laura Spicer Martin is a minister and author. She has a Master of Arts degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Laura writes short, interesting blog posts that are easy to read. She has named her blog after this quotation from Blaise Pascal, “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Her latest book is entitled Positively Powerless: How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity.

Twitter: @EnoughLight

Sandra Glahn: Aspire 2

Dr Sandra Glahn is an author, journalist, and a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). She is Professor of Media Arts and Worship at DTS. Sandra has written more than twenty books on topics such as bioethics, sexuality, and biblical women. She has also written eleven Bible studies in the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. I recommend Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible, edited by Sandra and published in 2017.

Twitter: @SandraGlahn

Claude Mariottini (Self-titled blog)

Dr Claude Mariottini is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary in the USA. He blogs on the Hebrew Bible from a Christian perspective.

Twitter: @DrMariottini

Nijay Gupta: Crux Sola

Dr Nijay K. Gupta is a theologian and New Testament scholar. His blog Crux Sola is subtitled “Formed by Scripture to Live Like Christ.” Nijay is currently writing a book about New Testament women which will be published by Baker Academic. I’m really looking forward to this!

Twitter: @NijayKGupta

Ben Witherington: Bible and Culture

Dr Ben Witherington III is a New Testament scholar, an author, and an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. The subtitle of Ben’s blog is “A One-Stop Shop for all Things Biblical and Christian.”

Various Authors: Theological Miscellany

Theological Miscellany is a blog by the faculty and friends of WTC (Westminster Theological College) who post theological reflections on scripture, life, culture, politics, society, gender, and pretty much anything. WTC has faculty members from around the world with different interests and theological leanings and who are committed to a Christ-centred theology, taught in a Spirit-led fashion in partnership with the local church.

Many blog posts are written by Dr Lucy Peppiatt who is a systematic theologian and pastor of a charismatic church. I recommend her 2019 book Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women.  

Twitter: @LucePeppiatt and @wtctheology 

Various Authors: The Anxious Bench

The Anxious Bench is a Christian history blog rather than a Christian theology blog. It features reflections on contemporary faith, politics, and culture in the light of American and global religious history. Dr Beth Allison Barr, one of the contributors, has a PhD in Medieval History. Look out for her new book The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth.  It will be available in April.

Twitter: @bethallisonbarr @AnxiousBench

Various Authors: Catalyst Resources

Catalyst Resources is an online newsletter for seminarians, pastors, and other Christian leaders, especially for those in the Wesleyan and Methodist traditions. Their interests are broadly focused on the classical Christian tradition as the context for thinking, serving, and living as Wesleyan-Methodist leaders. Catalyst Resources is edited by New Testament scholar Dr Joel B. Green.

Twitter: @JoelBGreen

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9 thoughts on “12 Christian Theology Blogs that don’t Push Patriarchy

  1. Thanks so much Marg for this brilliant list. You have done all the hard work!

  2. Thank you for this refreshing list. Where so much patriarchal perspective abounds, it’s good to find voices that express biblical equality.

    1. Thanks, Steve. I visited your blog the other day via the Biblical Studies Carnival. It looks great.

  3. In many parts of the world, including Australia where I live, faith seems to be in short supply and is getting rarer. I’m not exactly sure why that is. But ultimately faith is a gift. I pray you experience it, in Jesus’ name.

  4. Marg, I’m sure are being flooded by other non-patriarchal Christian blogs. I an suggesting you add Dr. Steve Harper’s blog to the list. https://oboedire.wordpress.com/

    The name of his blog is Oboedire.

    I’ve known Steve for nearly 20 years. He is a UM pastor, and most of his ministry has been as a seminary professor in Wesleyan studies. He was raised in a conservative evangelical home, and taught at both campuses of Asbury Theological Seminary, at Wilmore KY and in Orlando FL. (USA) About three years ago, he “came out” and began to share the theology of love which embrases the LGBTQ community, inclusiveness of women clergy, and other progressive issues. When he came out, all of his colleagues at Asbury and others shunned him. Steve, is a teacher in spiritual formation (I attended one of his retreats).

    I appreciate your blogs concerning the role and ministry of women in the Bible, as a foundation for women in ministry today. Of course, I didn’t learn about this in seminary.

    Larry Rankin, M.Div, Ph.D.
    Laleland FL USA

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Larry.

  5. Here are a couple of online magazines that have been recommended to me.

    Fathom
    https://www.fathommag.com/

    Light Life Magazine — the online magazine of the Free Methodist Church – USA.
    https://lightandlife.fm/

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