Junia, the Woman Apostle?

Junia? Who is that?

She’s a biblical character who doesn’t get much attention, really, unless one is discussing the role of women in the church. Particularly, are women allowed to be leaders (apostles, pastors, teachers, elders, etc) in the church?

Where does Junia show up in Scripture?

Romans 16:7. This is the passage:

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

That’s it.

With that, at first glance, it seems this passage is of little consequence. But as noted above, it becomes not central, but still an important discussion piece, when complementarians and egalitarians debate the role of women.

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I Used to Know So Much

When I was younger, I knew so much.

But I studied, traveled to and lived in other countries, worked varying jobs, got married, pastored, had children, taught college courses, had countless conversations with those very different from me, lived life and so much more.

The result?

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Maundy Thursday Reflection

Today begins part of the climax of Holy Week. In church history, this day has been called Maundy Thursday.

This word maundy means commandment. It points to the command Jesus gave after washing his own disciples’ feet.

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:14-15)

Jesus knew who he was (see vs3), yet he responded as a servant.

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