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    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]

    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]

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 – […]

No, This Is Not Equality

Complementarian men say they believe women are equal, but what do they mean by that? If they believe men have authority over women, are women equal? No. If men have more authority than women, this is not equality. If men get to make the final decisions in the marriage, are women equal? No, since the […]

Returning to the Latin Mass

An article in this week’s U.S. News & World Report reports that Pope Benedict XVI is about to ‘relax restrictions on celebrating the 16th century Tridentin Mass, citing “a new and renewed” interest in the ancient Latin liturgy, especially among younger Catholics.’ Read the full article here. Who besides Mel Gibson is interested in the […]

Dating Tips

I came across this concept in a book some time back and then more recently someone sent me an email with the same content which had been taught at a school. It demonstrates what is happening in some sections of the Christian community and gives us cause for concern when young people endorse these practices. […]

Do Women Need Spiritual Advisors?

I was recently invited to a women’s meeting by a neighbor whom I was just getting to know and wanting to encourage in her Christian life. This friend really enjoys these meetings and the fellowship of other Christian women there, and she wanted to share this with me. On arrival, I noticed a couple there […]

Elizabeth Fry: Profile of an Evangelical Leader

She wore plain clothing, a white dress, a white bonnet, and a rather drab shawl, but her Christian life was vibrant, colorful, and focused on the work of the gospel. When, in the early 1800s, Elizabeth Fry dedicated her life to the pursuit of a Quaker life, her family was not pleased. Only her brother, […]

Calling All Women with Summer Pastoral Internships

In her latest blog post, Meg Jenista at Bridget Jones Goes To Seminary describes her enthusiasm for a summer pastoral internship. In the process, she reminds congregations to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to women in ministry: ‘You can say you are in favor of women in ministerial office. You […]

The Subjection of Islamic Women

I would like to point out an article in The Weekly Standard by Christina Hoff Sommers, in the May 21, 2007 issue, called “The Subjection of Islamic Women and the Fecklessness of American Feminism.” The first paragraph reads as follows: “The subjection of women in Muslim societies–especially in Arab nations and in Iran–is today very […]

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Last Sunday I met James Anderson, the African-American father who in 1963 won his lawsuit against the city of Birmingham, Alabama to enroll his children in the local all-white high school (if you’re younger than me–32–you may need a reminder that this was well after Brown v. Board of Education made desegregation a federal law). […]