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    We Have Moved!

    We Have Moved! Dear Scroll Readers, I am pleased to announce that CBE has launched a new website! The CBE Scroll has been moved onto this new website, so if you would like to continue subscribing to our posts and being part of the discussion, go to www.cbeinternational.org/blog and sign up today. We hope you will continue to join with us in discussion and dialogue around biblical [Read More]

    "Feminist" Hermeneutics?

    Recently I commented on a Facebook post that I disliked the word "feminist/feminism" when used to describe what I would brand an evangelical egalitarian position (that men and women may serve equally in the home, the church, and the world as God has so apportioned and enabled them). Even when adding the adjective "evangelical" in front of "feminism" (as some have done in their publication titles), negative connotations remain. Moreover, "feminist/feminism" is clearly gender-specific having to do with qualities associated with women only and [Read More]

    CBE Joins the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution Conference

    CBE Joins the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution Conference 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 Theological Seminary. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. Formed in 2006, the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) works to “unite, equip, and empower practitioners who compassionately challenge injustice and offer freedom to those being sexually exploited through prostitution including human trafficking.” This past May, ICAP held [Read More]

    The Scroll Links Up 8/8/14

    The Scroll Links Up 8/8/14Time for another Link Up! Read on for great posts around the web promoting mutuality in marriage and ministry. What a wonderful movement to belong to! Beliefs Known by Praxis, by Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed) We have a few statements in the Bible that we might call the beliefs, and then there are the practices of women. I contend the practices reveal that what some think the Bible “believes” is not in fact what the Bible actually believes. The [Read More]

    Poem: A Brew Comes Forth

    Poem: A Brew Comes Forth From earthly senses, dwells a brewCalling itself truth;It denies God’s Righteous burningAnd look! See the turning?Turning away fromHim who’s HeartIs YearningTo walk the Garden of Spirit’s Light? He sees His children walk in the night. What started in the SpiritHas become the design of the flesh man’s plight Divided now between the sexesThe church is filled with divorced ex’sHallelujah chorus not directed to the KingBut to the notion that sex is What made you turn away from your first [Read More]

    Can the Mosaic Law Be Reconciled With Gender Equality?

    Can the Mosaic Law Be Reconciled With Gender Equality?Often times examples from the Bible, especially the Law of Moses, are adduced to support the view that the Bible depicts God as a misogynist, and therefore it cannot be trusted. In other words, the apparent inequitable laws relating to women in the Mosaic Law are used to discredit the Bible as a whole. But are the Bible and gender equality so antithetical that one’s only hope to reconcile them is by stripping divine inspiration [Read More]

    The Scroll Links Up 8/1/14

    The Scroll Links Up 8/1/14 Happy Friday! Another great week of posts speaking out against patriarchy and lifting up the biblical ideal of mutuality in marriage and leadership. Be encouraged, dear friends. Apostles, Deacons, and the Women of Romans 16, by Nicholas Quient One can only imagine the honor of hearing the stories of one of the most outstanding women God has given to the world, and what a debt we owe to her. Christian history, it seems, is built off the deeds [Read More]

    Accurate and Understandable Church History

    Accurate and Understandable Church HistoryIn order to better appreciate church life in this century, it is helpful and perhaps essential, that we understand how Christianity has been lived since the very beginning. Mindy & Brandon Withrow have combined their gifts for writing and a passion for history to bring us 5 easy-to-read books with the series title "History Lives" Each book covers a period in church history with different tiles describing the church at that time. So we have 'The [Read More]

    Is Women’s Leadership in the Church a “Primary Issue”?

    Is Women’s Leadership in the Church a “Primary Issue”? The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Autumn 2010 issue of Mutuality, titled “Building Bridges.” 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 Theological Seminary. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. If you’ve been a passionate egalitarian for any length of time, you’ve probably heard someone [Read More]

    Reforming the Church: Lessons from the Mystics

    Reforming the Church: Lessons from the MysticsThe following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Autumn 2009 issue of Mutuality, titled “Effective Change Agents.” 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 Theological Seminary. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things that [Read More]

Real Beauty

People seem to be obsessed with beauty in all the wrong ways. I easily find beauty in nature—in sunrises, changing leaves, and rain. Most people can see beauty in that. Yet when it comes to ourselves or other human beings we are ready to give harsh critique. I wonder why we do this especially in […]

Egalitarian Husbands

Something has just resonated with me that may relate to other husbands within egalitarian marriages so I will put it out there for your interest and comment. Within complementarian marriages it is expected that men should take the lead, in both the family and church, because they believe that they are biblically mandated to do […]

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 […]

Unity through Communion

Throughout much of my childhood, I possessed my home congregation’s three unofficial requirements to serve communion: a sport coat and tie, a family that arrived on time, and a Y chromosome. Therefore my brother (who not surprisingly met the same criteria) and I served communion almost every Sunday morning and evening from seventh grade well […]

An ‘aha’ moment

Recently Liz and I visited one of our sons (who is the senior pastor of a beachside resort town church) and his family for a weekend. The last time we were there, about 2 months ago, we heard him begin a series on foundations in Genesis where he touched on men and women as God […]

A Pentecost Celebration

I find myself thinking about this question asked by a child, which Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen shared in her book Gender & Grace (p. 34): My younger son asked me this past Pentecost why people don’t get as excited about this holiday as they do about Christmas and Easter. He thinks we should send up […]

My Story

Heresy was my response to the colleague who gently suggested that he and his wife believed I should consider becoming a pastor. I had been a Christian for 30 years, nurtured by conservative evangelicals thinking that I would always have to struggle against the prejudice of being a woman in ministry. Of course, at that […]

The Fear Factor

Recently I read on another blog that the writer had not read anything about helping people face the fear of moving from a complementarian position to that of an egalitarian. Maybe this is true for many of our readers so we would like to give opportunity for folks to write here of their struggle and […]

“Is this not the Messiah?”

Of all the literature produced by the early Syrian church, the most prized was composed by Ephrem the Syrian, often called “The Harp of the Holy Spirit”. One of his hymns memorialises the faith of the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well and sent forth as a missionary (see John 4) O, to […]

Easter Morning

Easter brings to the egalitarian mind the fact that women were the first evangelists to proclaim the risen Lord. One of the gospel accounts attesting to this historical fact is Luke 24; verses 9-10 say, “…and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was […]

Courage: Masculine, Feminine or Neither?

Recently both egalitarians and complementarians have been having conversations centred around the ‘masculinity’ and/or the ‘femininity’ of God.  Remarks by respected theologian John Piper and the movie “Courageous” have helped fuel both sides of the discussion.  My purpose here is not to further comment on John Piper’s remarks (which I have read) or the movie […]

More Than One Way

While there is only one way to peace with God and eternal life, and that way is Jesus, there are many ways in which people come to be enlightened about God’s heart for his creation in mutuality. It would be a great encouragement to everyone to read how you first came to see the truth […]

Majoring on the majors

At our local church the pastor has been preaching his way thematically through the Gospel of Matthew and just recently touched on some verses that sparked an idea for a post. While he didn’t spend a lot of time on the Transfiguration, somehow, as he was speaking about this and directing our thoughts forward to […]

“Culture is Everything” … “Everything is Culture”

When teaching a class on biblical texts about women, I once made the mistake of saying, “Culture is everything.” I found out several days later that some students–one in particular–took strong exception to my comment. The student thought I meant that culture is the most important factor in biblical interpretation. Thinking that I had said […]

Women’s History Month

March is the time when America remembers the huge contribution of women over their long history. As past of the celebration, CBE is holding  prayer walk on March 28th. They intend praying at ‘women’s shelters, churches, schools or other places within communities where women are being restored’ Also at places where ‘women are still denied […]

It’s So Ingrained!!

This whole stereotyping of female and male behaviours begins in the cradle and never ends! Having had 4 sons and now, 6 grandsons we are surrounded by influences on boys which they just absorb without thought most of the time. Even though some of their parents try to instil values which are gender-free, the general […]

Go and Say: The Silencing of Women’s Witness

Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father;  but go to My brethren and say to them, “I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.” John  20:17 (NASB) On the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” […]

“I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”

To what extent does Christ’s completed work on Calvary redeem all of life, and all of our relationships? If, as Scripture teaches, knowing Christ changes everything, should we expect and anticipate the power of the cross to renew our relationships as Christians? The early evangelicals asked similar questions—questions they answered with a high view of the cross. The early […]

An Evangelical Statement on the Trinity

CREDO EVANGELICO SOBRE LA TRINIDAD Creemos que el único Dios vivo quien creó y reina sobre todo y que es descrito en la Biblia, es un Dios trino en tres Personas  co-eternales y co-iguales, cada Persona siendo presentada como distinta pero igual; no como tres dioses separados, sino un Dios compartiendo igualmente honor, gloria, adoración, […]

Is God a Respecter of Persons?

A new article on The Christian Post talks about beliefs that God is male centered, that God prefers males more than females and that God wants Christianity to have a “masculine feel”, whatever that is. Apparently, at a conference for pastors at the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 31, 2012, a well-known complementarian pastor stated […]

Does the title “Pastor” mean I’m power-hungry ?

I had a conversation once with a pastor and his wife that I have not been able to forget.  My husband and I had been visiting that church for a few months and considering the possibility of making it our spiritual home.  It was important to us, though, that the church valued women in leadership […]

What Are You Up To?

“Where?” I asked Angela (not her real name).  Our kids are in the same ballet class.  Seated next to her in the parent peanut gallery the other day as “Simon Legree la Ballet Instructor” put the class through Arabesques, Pliés and other Baryshnikov-isms, Angela saw I was reading from Galatians.  One observation led to others […]

Your ‘desire’ shall be for your husband.

Some 10-15 years ago a ministry colleague excitedly shared with me that he had heard of a new take on the word ‘desire’ in respect to the pronouncement of God to the woman in the garden of Eden. Genesis 3:16b,”… and though your ‘desire’ will be for your husband, he will rule over you.” (NLT) […]

Thick Skinned?

Women, are often told that emotions are invalid, or that feelings are a sign of weakness. I have heard time and time again the statement against women in leadership, on the basis of protecting the “weaker sex,” that leadership is reserved for individuals (presumably men) who possess a thicker skin. At a conference a couple weeks ago, […]

A Case Study

Joe’s parents believe women should work only at home, so his father worked long hours at his job while his mother did all the housework. Susan’s parents shared housekeeping tasks because they both worked outside the home much of her growing-up years. Susan thought it normal that husbands do a fair share of work at […]