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A Bad Word?

Some bad words have more than four letters. Here is a ten-letter word, with terrible meaning for many people:   SUBMISSION Did you think of any particular group of people when you read the above? Slaves? Probably not. Children? Maybe. Women, especially wives? Many women would answer, “Yes, without question.” But  you perhaps didn’t think […]

“Wives, In The Same Way” ?

There it is, plain as day: “For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and […]

The Extreme End of Love and Mutual Respect

In order to evaluate an ideology it is a good idea to project it to its extreme end to see what it would look like were it brought to its logical conclusions. Most would have to agree, then, that the extreme end of the ‘headship’ model of marriage would be the physical, emotional, and mental […]

Huckabee on Marital Submission

Thanks to Sue for pointing out this interesting bit of news to CBE. Towards the end of last week’s Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, a debate that dealt largely with foreign policy and the war in Iraq, the debate turned sharply to the issue of marital submission, and by extension, biblical equality. Here is […]

A Call for Articles on ‘Resolving Conflicts’

Mutuality is now accepting articles (and discussion surrounding the issue) for the Summer 2008 issue on ‘Resolving Conflicts.’ Topic ideas include, but are not limited to: How convictions about biblical equality and gender justice apply to resolving conflict Biblical alternatives to ‘the tie-breaking-vote’ model of conflict resolution by female submission to male headship The importance […]

I Didn’t Change My Name

When I got married a year ago, I kept my maiden name – just the way it had always been. It wasn’t that I ever came upon a final decision; rather, it was more the result of a lot of indecision. It was assumed, of course, by all of our family and friends that I […]

If You Can’t Be Pastor…

Right on the heels of this year’s Sheri Klouda debacle at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary comes yet another example of president Paige Patterson’s move to ‘establish family and gender roles as described in God’s Word for the home and the family.’ This fall, Southwestern Baptist will be offering a new academic program in homemaking, a […]

London Police Seek Justice for Female Genital Mutilation Cases

Hurrah to London’s Metropolitan Police for upping their aggressive strategy to end female genital mutilation in the UK. The Guardian has the full story here on the new cash reward being offered – just before the summer holiday season when many girls are taken out of the country for the ‘ceremony,’ illegal in Britain – […]

No, This Is Not Equality

Complementarian men say they believe women are equal, but what do they mean by that? If they believe men have authority over women, are women equal? No. If men have more authority than women, this is not equality. If men get to make the final decisions in the marriage, are women equal? No, since the […]

Dating Tips

I came across this concept in a book some time back and then more recently someone sent me an email with the same content which had been taught at a school. It demonstrates what is happening in some sections of the Christian community and gives us cause for concern when young people endorse these practices. […]

Urbana and Egalitarians

Kudos are in order for Inductive Bible Study leaders at Urbana 2006 last week. I was hard pressed to find any heirarchical authoritarians in the whole bunch. In a feedback time after the conference, the leadership found that there was very little complementarian argument over the selected study of Ephesians chapter 5. Praise God for […]

Mystery – A Defense of Mutual Submission within Marriage

In that classic Bible passage on marriage (Eph. 5:21-33) so often used, or alluded to in the marriage ceremony, the narrative closes with the admonition, “this is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the Church are one.” (vs. 32 NLB) The mystery would appear to be, from the […]