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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]

We Are More Than Just a Body, But…

The body is what is seen by sighted people, and maybe here lies a clue! Sight-impaired people have a distinct advantage in that they are not affected by what people look like, and even the expression on a face is lost to the blind person. I know that when I was marking correspondence lessons for […]

Deuteronomy on ‘Marriage’

‘If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty placed on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.’ (Deuteronomy 24:5) This was actually the second instance of Scripture I noticed in […]

‘Girls: Dress Responsibly’ or ‘Boys: Be Responsible?’

I came across a young woman’s blog the other day who wrote about how much she appreciated and was impressed by the guys in her group asking that all the girls be careful about the way they dressed so that they wouldn’t cause the brothers to ‘stumble.’ And with great endorsement, she exhorted, ‘To all […]

Recent Poll Results

Thanks to John for pointing out a recent poll in Christianity Today that asked the question ‘Is it unfair discrimination for a male pastor to refuse to serve with a female pastor?’ The results were as follow: 45% said that it is not unfair discrimination if a male pastor refuses to serve because of his convictions. 25% […]

A Call for Articles on ‘Home Economics’

Mutuality  is now accepting articles (and discussion surrounding the issue) for the Spring 2008 issue on ‘Home Economics.’ Topic ideas include, but are not limited to: How convictions about biblical equality and gender justice apply to every day home life Biblical reflections: Christ as the head of our homes; being part of the family of God; […]

Joy Fenner Elected President of BGCT

Joy Fenner of Gaston Oaks Baptist Church in Garland was elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) earlier this week, narrowly defeating BGCT pastor David Lowrie by a margin of 900-840 votes to become the first woman to occupy the post. The Baptist General Convention of Texas is the largest Baptist state […]

Memories of My Father

Some, complementarian or otherwise, may believe that we egalitarians don’t love our fathers. Well, I loved my father. I want to share some memories of my father to show why I loved him so much. When I was twenty, I had to take some medicine. My father was worried that the condition I had would […]

Female Traffic Lights

My husband recently sent me a link to an news blurb about new traffic signal laws which were passed last year in Spain. In an effort to do away with sexism, the Spanish town council of Madrid decreed that half of all road signs and traffic signals should alternate between male and female walking figures. […]

Pleasing Each Other

Several places in the New Testament, had ‘headship’ been God’s intention, it would have been stated and described. Rather, in those places we find no such direct statement and, in fact, other descriptions of marriage indicating full equality. Two such places are as follow. In 1 Corinthians 7:3-4, when Paul states that the husband’s body […]

Survey Help Needed

CBE was recently contacted by a doctor of ministry student named Barb from Langley, BC conducting a survey among Christians who have recovered from experiences of emotional and spiritual distress under authoritarian and controlling church leaders. The results of her survey will provide her with a critical piece of research and will help her on […]

Responsibilities Within the Body of Christ

Lately there has been here quite a bit of reporting of statements from other blog sites, referring to roles and responsibilities for wives and husbands, women and men. The verses being quoted to support such claims have seemed, at best, verses fraught with interpretation or translation issues, and not as clear as some would have […]

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 […]

Fidelia Fiske: Profile of an Evangelical Leader

Founded by the forward thinking Mary Lyon (1797-1849), Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts (today known as Mount Holyoke College) was not her first educational venture. Lyon taught for several years along the Massachusetts countryside in smaller, elementary schools (often paid far less than the men in the area for the same amount […]

Is Malachi 2:16 Referring to Wife Beating?

How should the first part of Malachi 2:16 be understood? In the NIV, the first part of the verse reads: ‘”I hate divorce,” says the LORD God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself [a] with violence as well as with his garment,” says the LORD Almighty.’ (2:16, emphasis added) The footnote to […]

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 […]

A Call for Papers

The online journal E-Quality is seeking papers for its upcoming issue, themed ‘Youth Groups and Equality.’ In it, we hope to provide practical resources for youth workers and parents as they address biblical equality with their students. Article ideas include, but are not limited to: 1. What are the unique needs of our students today? […]

Is a Woman’s Value Based On the Shape of Her Body?

Is a woman’s value based on the shape of her body? How many of us were influenced through our culture to believe that the most important thing about being a woman was her visual appeal to men? In my case, my family was very good in the way it valued women. My father didn’t look […]

CBE Conference Notes, Day Two

Well the CBE conference is over, like a whirlwind, so I’m catching up with some posts about the last two days. The Saturday sessions we chose were filled with in-depth historical examinations of empowered women in the Church. Starting with Mimi Haddad’s excellent lecture on ontology, gender, and women’s authority in the church, we looked […]

Notes from the 10th International Conference

Greetings, bloggers, from the Denver CBE Conference! First, a little introduction is in order. Hello, I’m Rob. And I’m an egalitarian. Until now, I’ve only supported The Scroll from behind the curtain with occasional technical issues. Many kudos to Marissa, Megan, and Will for their dedication to the blog! But now, I’ve been asked to […]

Some Things Biblical Feminists Do Not Believe

In following up a link which was quoted in a previous article, I read again other people’s statements about what we believe. I am troubled by this misinformation and would like to record these corrections for all complementarians who read this site, and for the encouragement to all who believe in true biblical equality. 1. […]

‘…this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.’

This past year I have decided to slowly read through the Gospels and pay special attention to the words that Jesus said and the life that he lived. Although I have been reading the Bible now for many years, I am amazed at the new things I am learning as I read, like, for instance, […]

Does God Ever Speak to Men Through Women?

We hear a lot about God speaking to women through men. But, does God ever speak to men through women? Let’s look at the biblical record. ‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, […]

Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date

I was recently listening to a popular Christian radio program. On that week’s edition, they were celebrating a recent book that encouraged fathers to interview any young man who wanted to date their daughter. The author was interviewed, and he discussed with the program host how any young man who wanted to take a girl […]

Can’t We Just Agree to Disagree?

Can’t we just agree to disagree? Have you found yourself sharing the Bible’s support for women’s gospel-service when someone asserts emphatically, ‘Can’t we just agree to disagree? This isn’t a salvation issue, after all!’ And, being peace-loving Christians, we are at first inclined to agree, until we remember someone like Lottie Moon. Considered one of […]

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 – […]