St. Phoebe the Deaconess and the Role of Women in Ministry

Over the next several months, I will be teaching an adult Sunday school class at my parish wherein we will be studying St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.  I hope to turn each week’s lesson into a post or two on this blog.  As a first reflection on the Epistle to the Romans, we consider the people involved in the sponsorship and composition of the epistle, and what the ramifications are for our…

What Does the Bible Say about Corporal Punishment?

Recent events involving prominent NFL players, including running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, have once again brought the national attention to the issue of domestic abuse, in the case of Rice, the video taped incident where he knocked out his then fiancée in a casino elevator, and in the case of Peterson, the indictment of a grand jury for the abuse of his four-year-old child while whipping him with a “switch.”  Data collected…