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    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]

    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]

    Liberian Men and Women: United in Christ

    Liberian Men and Women: United in Christ With our recent conference in Colombia, and today being Liberian Independence Day, I couldn’t help but remember that this exact time last year I was in my homeland of Liberia, and how our conference theme fits exactly with the experience that I had there. Liberian women created a movement of liberation during the civil war, and after it, they are creating a movement of sustainability, peace, and equality. This movement has intense religious ties, as ordinary [Read More]

    The Scroll Links Up 7/25/14

    The Scroll Links Up 7/25/14 What an amazing week. Because of a week-long synchroblog called Faith Feminisms, the Christian blogosphere has exploded with posts about biblical gender equality. Can faith and feminism coexist? The resounding answer: YES! Not only coexist, but feminism comes out of our faith in a Lord who breaks down the walls that divide us and limit us along gender lines. There is no hierarchy in the kingdom of God. I'll highlight some posts here, but if [Read More]

    Surprised by Scripture?

    Surprised by Scripture?I'm reading N.T. Wright's latest popular installment entitled Surprised by Scripture and chapter 4, "The Biblical Case for Ordaining Women", caught my attention. Having previously read his stance, I expected not to be "surprised." Though I wasn't "shocked, amazed, stupefied, or bewildered" (all synonyms of "surprise"), I did get another picture, of sorts, about Galatians 3:28 (from which my blog's theme takes it's name, by the way). This text likely means so much more than a prima [Read More]

    CBE Founders: A Prophetic Witness and Defense against Abuse

    CBE Founders: A Prophetic Witness and Defense against AbuseThe following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Winter 2013 issue of Mutuality, titled “The Legacy Issue.” 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. Religion is the most deadly tool of oppression, according to Eugene Peterson. “More people are [Read More]

    A Rose by Any Other Name...

    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 who, by the way, didn’t even consider themselves feminists or egalitarians. Being called housewives simply assigned them a label they [Read More]

    The Scroll Links Up 7/18/14

    The Scroll Links Up 7/18/14 We came across these fantastic blog posts advocating for biblical gender equality. What an encouragement. I hope you will be encouraged, too. Changing My Mind on Women in Ministry, Part 2, by Mark Moore (Missio Alliance) I know that many of you are in the same place I was. You are worried that if you change your mind on a doctrine, like the role of women in ministry, it will mean that you have sold out and [Read More]

    The Christian Walk

    The Christian Walk Some readers of The CBE Scroll will be surprised to learn of the variety of strongly-held opinions regarding who has the right of way when hiking. Hikers with an opinion are evenly divided between two primary points of view. First, many believe that when two hikers meet, the person hiking uphill has the right of way. Why? Because the uphill hiker shouldn’t have to lose and then regain momentum. Others believe the opposite, that the [Read More]

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 […]

A Christmas Meditation

Just thinking about the way God chose to come to earth to begin the huge task of reconciling the world to himself. No wonder the religious leaders of the day had trouble recognising the Messiah as they expected a huge fanfare at his arrival. Not only did God not choose to announce his coming to […]

Joint Heirs: Reigning with Jesus

Galatians 3:26-4:7 Have you ever wondered what it means to reign with Christ? Scripture tells us that those who have been purchased with Christ’s blood have also been adopted into God’s family (2 Tim. 2:10-12). As family members with Jesus, we are also heirs together with Jesus—inheriting all that God extends to the Son. Because […]

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‘Wing to Wing and Oar to Oar’

If he had said so a few years ago, I would’ve smiled and nodded.  Today, however, I blinked, smiled sweetly and asked my friend to explain. Bart (not his real name) was telling me about his role as “family priest.”  I told him why I disagreed.  Now, I like Bart.  He’s a well-spoken, gregarious fifty-something […]

first press release of the Trinity Statement

Note from the admins: Here is a link to the first press release of the Trinity Statement, by Mark Hensch of the “Christian Post”.  

Trinity Statement

The doctrine of Trinity has been the cause of much theological controversy over the centuries. In the 4th century, a preacher named Arius argued that Jesus was less than God the Father. In response, the council of Nicaea developed a comprehensive statement of faith upon which subsequent doctrine and theology has been measured for centuries. […]