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    Modeling Gender Equality in Children’s Stories

    Modeling Gender Equality in Children’s StoriesI recently watched a TED Talk by Colin Stokes called “How movies teach manhood.” The ideas expressed in this talk struck a chord in me and got me thinking about the role models—and the villains—we present to children. Far too often the villains are women—wicked witches, evil sorceresses, evil queens, and evil step mothers. And far too often, the heroes are princes or knights or at least male. Before you read further, watch this TED Talk. [more]

    Diversity Works: Celebrating Diversity in the Leadership of the Early Church

    Diversity Works: Celebrating Diversity in the Leadership of the Early ChurchThe following is the President’s Column from the Autumn 2013 issue of Mutuality, titled “Equality Across Every Continent.” 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. Few of us will forget the great recession that began in 2007, when poor [more]

    The Scroll Links Up 4/11/14

    The Scroll Links Up 4/11/14 Here's this week's installment of The Scroll Links Up: the post where we highlight posts from around the web that proclaim biblical equality for men and women in the church and home. Enjoy! A New Book That Sets the Sisters Free! (Frank Viola interviews Felicity Dale) The book will set many women free, inspiring them to serve the Lord unhindered. It will also educate many men to understand how the Lord views our sisters in His service.   The [more]

    Sanctification

    Sanctification “The guys just don’t feel like they would be able to lead you spiritually,” Ryan, one of my best friends at my small Christian college, turned and said to me gently. It was January of sophomore year, and on a late night drive the conversation had turned to me, and whether or not I was the object of anyone in our larger friend group’s affections. Ryan quickly spoke up, explaining how my relationship with the [more]

    Tie-Breaker

    Tie-Breaker“Wives, submit to your husbands,” says Ephesians 5:22. Just be careful not to commit idolatry while you’re submitting. The complementarians I know insist that husbands and wives should listen to each other and make big decisions together. The purpose, they say, of Paul’s instruction to wives is to prevent paralysis in decision-making. If the husband and wife face an important decision and they cannot agree, then the wife should yield to her husband’s view. This is [more]

    The Scroll Links Up 4/4/14

    The Scroll Links Up 4/4/14Welcome to the second edition of the weekly CBE Scroll Links Up, where we point you to blog posts around the web proclaiming biblical equality*. It's amazing how wide and deep is the community of believers who are committed to gender equality in the church and home. It is such an encouragement to me, and I hope to you too, to read the various perspectives and stories from ordinary people passionate about mutuality. There were [more]

    On Submitting to One Another

    On Submitting to One AnotherThe idea of submission is neither a cultural norm nor an accepted virtue. The human heart, untouched by God's grace in salvation, naturally wants things its way and the voice of culture screams to us at every turn that getting what we want is most important. Scripture, however, tells us that we live in a kingdom “not of this world” (John 18:36) and this other-worldly kingdom is set into motion by Jesus’ example of submission, [more]

    Rebekah: The Guardian and Protector of Israel

    Rebekah: The Guardian and Protector of IsraelI’ve grown up in the church all my life and have always heard Rebekah talked about in a negative light. Teachers and leaders have called her manipulative, deceptive, and lacking in submission to God and to her husband. Tradition has not been kind to Rebekah and I believe she is one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood women of the Bible. I hereby dedicate this post to my hero and to my mentor, Rebekah. This is [more]

    The Scroll Links Up 3/28/14

    The Scroll Links Up 3/28/14We are launching a weekly roundup of blog posts from around the web that advocate for gender equality from a biblical perspective*. From time to time we'll also highlight top posts from The CBE Scroll as well. We hope that by curating these posts and linking up with other bloggers, we'll be able to celebrate the wide community of Christians who promote and proclaim mutuality. On Changing Theology: When I Opposed Women in Ministry, by Suzanne Burden [more]

    I am Sarah, Fully Human

    I am Sarah, Fully Human"Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man...who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. But we might easily [more]

Caleb and Achsah

Caleb peered down at his arms, his battle-scarred muscles remained strong although he had grown tired. He had remained faithful to God and to the cause and now it was time to enjoy his inheritance. To bask in the sunlight and enjoy the cool breeze that rustled the leaves of the Palm trees that lined the city of Hebron. And yet he felt as though he could still put an army to flight, he could still run with the young men and warriors he had trained. But the still small voice came to him again, “Caleb it is time to enter in to my rest and enjoy my finished work.” It was time to rest.

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 […]

Do the Five Love Languages Love Women Too? (Part 1 of 2)

I haven’t thought much about Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages in a long time, but recently my Family Life Education class did a presentation on this subject.  I tend to see most evangelical book empires of that sort as an attempt by publishers to cash in on an author’s popularity, and I am not a big […]

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Busy at Home?

Some Christians in westernised countries seem to long for an earlier time when most women stayed out of the workforce and stayed at home.  Some of these Christians even believe that the Bible teaches that the woman’s primary domain is private, in the home, caring for her husband and children – the presumption being that […]

Empowering the Marginalized to Serve God

As I continue to listen, research, and learn more about human sexuality and the differences that characterize men and women, I have noticed, as many have, a particular theme that tends to marginalize many good men and women who fail to fit our “biblically” prescribed gender roles and characteristics. What I often hear descriptive of […]

Why (Most) Complementarians Should Be Pacifists

I believe that (most) complementarians should be pacifists.* Consider the following passages: A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the […]

He Didn’t Have To. He Chose To.

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I recently had the privilege of spending several days in Rome. Among many important sites, the most interesting to me was the ruins of Rome’s ancient harbor city, Ostia (you can take a virtual visit here: http://www.ostia-antica.org/). One standard feature of Greco-Roman cities which is plainly visible at Ostia is the domus, the home of […]