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A Rose by Any Other Name…

While growing up in the 1960s, I heard women in our neighborhood complain about being called housewives. “I am not married to a house!” they would say. Of course the term typically meant that they were wives who spent their time caring for a house and those in it. But still, it offended these women […]

Different but Equal? Giving Words their Real Meaning

The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Winter 2008 issue of Mutuality, titled “Redemption.” 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 Palmer […]

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 […]

Your Worldview is Showing

This post is adapted from the editorial of the brand-new issue of Mutuality, themed “Worldview.” Tim Krueger is CBE’s publications coordinator and the editor of Mutuality. You can follow Mutuality on Twitter @MutualityMag, and can follow Tim @kruegertw. “Your epidermis is showing!” my friends gasped, struggling to keep straight faces. Noticing the mischief in their […]

Jesus on Gender-Inclusive Interpretation

Consider Jesus’s well-known teaching on divorce from Mark 10: Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his […]

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 […]

Do the Five Love Languages Love Women Too? (Part 2 of 2)

As I explained in my previous post, I think it’s important to ask if seemingly harmless Christian books, curricula and other educational tools actually promote our own values when relating to gender. Here’s a brief assessment of the online assessment quizzes available for Chapman’s popular Five Love Languages: The quizzes are based on participants choosing […]

Punch in the Nose

My little boy started preschool this year and picked out a pink backpack with flowers. At first I was hesitant to let him have it for fear that he would be teased, but decided that if we were truly going to be egalitarians we had to take that risk. Concerned, I asked him what he […]

Jesus and John Lennon

I have recently read in two blogs (neither is CBE’s Scroll) that Jesus sometimes treated women rudely. Each cites John 2:4, where Jesus addresses Mary as “woman” at a wedding feast. Unfortunately, both bloggers have fallen prey to an elementary interpretive fallacy: The implications of a word or phrase in one culture are not necessarily […]

Language

“And here is an interesting bit of info for you, from another Iranian friend. Apparently, Farsi has a second-person pronoun which is gender neutral but still personal, unlike our English “it.” As a result, he tells me that Farsi translations of the Bible don’t use “He” for God, but this neutral pronoun! He also tells […]

Womanhood and Manhood as Human Constructs

There’s no denying that God created humans male and female. Everyone would agree on that fact. However, any instructions to God’s people in the Old Testament and Jesus’ disciples in the New Testament are pertaining to how to relate to God and each other. The ten commandments embrace all of the experiences of life at […]

The Full Meaning

Baptism in Christ: Giving Words Their Full Meaning Recently a friend of mine received a very distinguished award from her denomination for her long-term leadership in promoting the “maximum baptismal role of women in the Church.” As I pondered our baptismal role, I remembered that many baptismal fonts from the early church had Galatians 3:26-28 […]

Something Beautiful?

Imagine a sanctuary filled with teachers and students of various ages singing:             “It’s the child on his wedding day,              It’s the mommy that gives him away,              Something beautiful” A child on his wedding day… given away. Pause for a moment and think about that. Young, teenage boys married off to older, wiser, and more […]

The power of words

I have just been browsing a website which promotes roles for women and men as God’s ordained will for all time. It showed again the enormous power of words to create impressions and convince people of a point of view. History shows that many strong people convinced others that what they promoted was the ‘truth’ […]

When Does Masculine-Only Language Apply to Both Genders?

The following is from the second paragraph of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments […]