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    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]

    Egalitarians and Complementarians: One Gospel, Two Worldviews

    Egalitarians and Complementarians: One Gospel, Two WorldviewsThe following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Summer 2014 issue of Mutuality, titled “Worldview.” 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. Egalitarians and complementarians share much in common. We adore Jesus and serve him passionately. We are [Read More]

    Wives, 'Respect' Your Husbands

    Wives, 'Respect' Your HusbandsFrom time to time we hear of the responsibilities outlined in Ephesians 5 verses 22 - 33 concerning husbands and wives respectively. Often the language gets reduced to a catch phrase like, "women want to be loved and men need respect." It is as if this phrase defines all women and all men for all time. It is as if this phrase sums up all that is required by all women and all men. It [Read More]

    The Scroll Links Up 7/11/14

    The Scroll Links Up 7/11/14 There are so many great posts around the web proclaiming biblical equality. Here are some we noticed: 5 Ways Married Men Can Act Like Adults Around Women (Single or Not), by Luke Harms (Living the Tension) It is possible to maintain eye contact without being skeezy. If you lack the self-control to do so, it’s because you sir, are a creeper. But what’s more, you have so devalued women in your own mind that they don’t exist outside [Read More]

    How to Keep Friends and Influence People

    How to Keep Friends and Influence PeopleThis post originally appeared on Margaret Mowczko's blog "newlife" on June 21, 2014: newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/how-to-keep-friends-and-influence-people/. I’ve been asked several times for advice about how to maintain good relationships with Christian family and friends who hold to different and even opposing views on so-called “gender roles”.  This is a real concern for some.  Here are a few things I’ve learnt through having many discussions with people, in real life and online, on the sometimes sensitive issues surrounding the “roles” [Read More]

    Different but Equal? Giving Words their Real Meaning

    Different but Equal? Giving Words their Real MeaningThe 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 Theological Seminary. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. “…you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). I met an [Read More]

Gender Division Divides the Church

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God people from every tribe and language and people group and nation.”  “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10) I always […]

Can Girls Be Smart and Popular?

When teaching a college gender studies course, students are often surprised to learn of what researcher L. A. Bell calls the “smart versus social” dilemma, meaning that as early as elementary school, girls seem to feel that they have to choose between being smart and having relationships. Laura Roberts & Anne Petersen of Lafayette College also […]

A Clarification for my Complementarian Friends

I met Brian six or more years ago when he was attending our local Christian seminary.  From the beginning our conversations were important: Calvinism, gender roles, human trafficking and Harry Potter, with Brian generally on the more conservative side of the issues we discussed.  When we met he was a 5-point Calvinist with stringent complementarian […]

Double Standards in the Practice and Promotion of Submission

Time and again I hear Christian speakers and writers reminding women to be submissive (or be in subjection) to their husbands. Some churches and ministries emphasise and elaborate on wifely submission to such an extent that, for some, submission has become an all-pervasive principle that deeply influences a woman’s sense of self. It also impacts on every aspect of […]

How Much Money Does it Take to be a Good Christian Woman?

When I was in my twenties, I attended a “Bible” study on how to be a Good Christian Woman. Good Christian Women, I was told, stayed home with their children. Mothers who worked outside the home were compromising, trading their morals for material gain. Good Christian Women decorated their homes with artistic flair, making a […]

Biblical Mathematics

I’m sure there are many things on which our complementarian brothers and sisters would score an “A”, but on one subject, I believe they would not do so well, and that is biblical mathematics. I’m not talking about the stuff like trying to figure out who is 666 (I guess maybe it turned out not […]

Three Obscure Old Testament Women with Clout

Ever heard of Sera, Aksah or Sheerah?  I hadn’t . . . until I decided to read through the Old Testament, slowly, keeping an eye out for every woman mentioned.  Here’s a little something about these three influential women. SERAH – Genesis 46:17; Numbers 26:46; 1 Chronicles 7:30 Serah was the daughter of Asher, one of the twelve sons of Jacob.  Serah is […]

The Wizard of Oz: A Counter-Cultural Tale

When our daughter and son were born, my husband and I tried to encourage gender equality through the books and TV programs to which they were exposed.  While it was difficult at times, I was stunned when I realized that The Wizard of Oz runs counter to all of the gendered expectations other children’s stories […]