Coming Soon: Interview with Philip Payne

Philip PayneDr. Philip B. Payne is well known for his studies on New Testament Textual Criticism, the Parables of Jesus, and Man and Woman in the Teachings of Paul. He and his wife Nancy were missionaries in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church, where they ministered to students in the Kyoto Christian Studies Center and lectured on New Testament in various Japanese Seminaries. On the one hand, because I’ve been a student of 日本語 (Japanese) myself, I feel a sense of kinship with Dr. Payne. On the other hand, my being a complementarian puts me at odds with Dr. Payne when it comes to the roles of men and women in the Church.

One in ChristComing soon, Dr. Payne joins me to challenge me and my listeners with his position in the debate between complementarianism and egalitarianism, as put forward in his book, Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters. I must admit, his treatment of the topic is the first I’ve come across from his perspective which seems to try and take the original text of the New Testament seriously. You and I may disagree with him when the interview is over, but it probably won’t be for the typical reasons we disagree with egalitarians. Stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Interview with Philip Payne

  1. I am really looking forward to this one. This is another issue that has had me mining the depths of various thought and teaching on the subject. A mutual friend recently recommended Dr. Payne’s work on the topic to add to my library. During my now limited studies I confess I have found myself more convinced by the egalitarian proponents.

  2. Well I’ve only just begun to read Payne’s book (I better read it quickly so I can get him interview questions within 5 days!), so I don’t really have any comments yet. For the time being, I remain persuaded of complementarianism, but we’ll see where I stand after the interview. Perhaps I’ll be on the fence, looking for either another complementarian interview guest, or a couple of people interested in debating the topic.

  3. I’ve been studying Dr Payne’s book because for me reading it will not suffice.

    It’s points, position and interpretations are so new & unique, I must investigate his references, and every source he uses to support or confirm his findings.

    Although I am VERY impressed with his book & have great respect for the work he has put into it. I am not convinced that Dr Paynes findings are correct.

    Headship, Usurp Authority, Manuscript credibility

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