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Don’t Be Afraid to Be Big, Women

Don’t be afraid to be big, women. That’s what I learned at a conference this weekend. Women are taught to be small. Tomorrow, pay attention to how women walk, sit and stand compared to men. You’ll notice women take smaller steps with their hands closer to their sides, cross their legs, fold their hands in […]

Crying With Those Who Cry: Creating Empathy Through Art

The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Autumn 2011 issue of Mutuality, titled “Creative Writing.” If you like what you read, consider subscribing or purchasing a CBE membership. Mimi Haddad is the president of Christians for Biblical Equality. She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from […]

Responding to the Exclusion of Women

The other day, a conference line up was announced in the UK for “Positively Anglican”, a time for the organisation Church Society to “reassert a positive evangelical vision for the future”. If you look at the line-up form either close or far you will notice some people are missing, namely women and people of colour. […]

The Hunger Games and the Gender Debate

I am a big fan of The Hunger Games series, and devoured each book in a matter of days after release. Recently I saw Catching Fire(1), the movie based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. There are many powerful moments in the film, but I thought one scene in particular had implications for […]

Book Review: Junia, A Woman, An Apostle

“Was there a woman apostle? Yes. Her name was Junia. How do I know? Because the Bible tells me so” (154).* Junia, A Woman, An Apostle by David Williams is a thorough examination of Romans 16:7. The book is intended to introduce general readership to the technical arguments for the conclusion that the person spoken […]

Love: Not Just for Your Valentine

My friends and I are rebelling this February 14th by watching the movie Brave, where a red-headed archer princess asserts that girls can rule without marrying. Of course, we are celebrating Anna Howard Shaw Day. Born February 14th 1847, this Methodist minister joined Susan B. Anthony and others to lead the women’s suffragist movement in […]

I am a Jesus Feminist Because of the Resurrection

There was part of me that wanted to wipe the tears from my eyes, turn to the congregation and shout, “Daughters of Mary, your voices are still needed! There are still many waiting to hear what it is you have encountered in the living Jesus!”

Excalibur: Double Standards or Double-edged?

When I relocated to Durban from my native Cape Town in South Africa, I started attending a charismatic church after some months in the city. I visited other groups and churches and tried to broaden my Christian fellowship network outside of my own community of faith. In doing this, something dawned upon me. Women were […]

Why I am a Feminist and an Egalitarian (And Why They Aren’t the Same Thing) – (Part 2 of 2)

Kate Wallace is a co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor in political science, a fellow at the Humanitarian Intervention Centre, and Coordinator of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium’s anti-trafficking network. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. This post […]

Why I am a Feminist and an Egalitarian (And Why They Aren’t the Same Thing) – (Part 1 of 2)

Kate Wallace is a co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor in political science, a fellow at the Humanitarian Intervention Center, and Coordinator of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium’s anti-trafficking network. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. This post […]

Recognizing the Women Workers of Sri Lanka

Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka where she worked for 6 years on the national staff team of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), a national evangelical organization working within the universities of Sri Lanka. She has a B.A.  in English from the University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka and a M.A. in […]

Is Egalitarianism on a Slippery Slope?

I don’t know about you, but I have evangelical friends with all kinds of different views on gender. Come to think of it, I have evangelical friends with all kinds of different views on a whole host of topics: child baptism or believers baptism, just war or pacifism, Arminianism or Calvinism, and, yes, even egalitarianism […]

A woman without her man

I recently came across the following anecdote:    An English professor asked his students to punctuate the following sentence:       “A woman without her man is nothing.”      All of the males in the class wrote:      “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”      All of the females in the class wrote:      “A […]

To Speak or Not to Speak ?

One of the issues we grapple with from time to time is when to speak up for biblical equality and when to stay silent. In some instances, it seems more circumspect to ignore the comments or criticism because we know the background of the people and what their beliefs are regarding the place of women. […]

The Subjection of Islamic Women

I would like to point out an article in The Weekly Standard by Christina Hoff Sommers, in the May 21, 2007 issue, called “The Subjection of Islamic Women and the Fecklessness of American Feminism.” The first paragraph reads as follows: “The subjection of women in Muslim societies–especially in Arab nations and in Iran–is today very […]

Does it really mean “helpmate”?

I was working on my thesis in seminary. Tired of being asked if I was going to seminary to be a pastor’s wife, I had decided to write a biblical theology of single women in ministry that would show God’s calling for a woman was not dependent on her marital state. I was talking with […]

Why Meg is a Feminist

One of my favorite blogs is the thoughtful and humorous “Bridget Jones Goes to Seminary” written by Meg, a theology student at Calvin Theological Seminary. In her most recent post, “Why I Am a Feminist,” she declares: “I am a feminist because my Christianity, my Reformed Christianity no less, constrains me. I am a feminist […]

Face to Face in the Gender Wars

A few weeks back I was teaching a class on Anabaptist history. I gave my usual spiel about the nature of history and the problems with reductionism. Anabaptist concerns were both theological and economical (among other things); cases of injustice, after all, traverse all aspects of life. Abuses by the church and its oppression of […]

“Set Apart,” but is it by Fear?

A prominent sociologist on evangelicals, Sally Gallagher, has much to say to egalitarians in her article, The Marginalization of Evangelical Feminism. She questions, when 56% of evangelical women are employed outside the home and when many evangelical marriages are egalitarian in practice, why evangelicals as a whole have still rejected mutuality and partnership between the […]

The Spiritual June Cleaver

Salon has an article on Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church. I was so sad after reading this article. In short they’ve taken the post-WW2 culture, and they are trying to make it biblical. Following Driscoll’s biblical reading of prescribed gender roles, women quit their jobs and try to have as many babies as possible. And […]

Devil with the Blue Dress

Sometimes the simplest conversations can turn out to be the most complicated. Take for example, the insistence of a relative of mine that a woman should accept her husband’s last name in deference to his headship. Even though I pointed out that the idea of a surname is a relatively recent invention in human history—not […]

Ideal Relationships and Metaphor: Siblings vs. Spouses?

Often the gender debate focuses narrowly on leadership and marriage, at the expense of many. But leadership and marriage are two of the highest ideals in Christian culture, right? Why would this debate be at anyone’s expense? As we live as Christians, what is the normative metaphor for relationships between men and women? Growing up […]

Beauty, Cosmetic Surgery and Christians

A missionary friend spoke with me this last week about beauty and the cosmetic industry. While on sabbatical at the University in Winnipeg, he wrote about this topic for one of his courses. I was intrigued and quite provoked to think about this a lot more. He spoke with me about various psychological and emotional […]

Ms. Magazine

Apparently we been noticed by Ms. Magazine, even if only for marketing purposes. I received the following email. The new issue of Ms. is on newsstands today (April 24), full of its usual galvanizing coverage of the feminist movement. We thought some of the stories might make for interesting posts on The Scroll or Christian […]

I wonder how many egalitarians consider themselves “feminists”?

I have been driven to biblical egalitarianism by honestly evaluating what the Bible teaches in the light of historical research. I have never actually thought of myself as a “feminist”. Given the “lightening rod” kinds of connotations around that word, I am surprised I have not thought about it more. This is especially true, given […]