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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]

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). […]

The Meaning of the Word Equality

Having just read a copious amount of comments on the blogsite referred to in the last post, it occured to me that often what is assumed by the word equality is not necessarily the correct usage or meaning. The dictionary definition is simply ‘being equal’ or ‘the state of being equal’. If we truly believe […]

Driscoll, Hybels, and Women

Christianity Today has a new blog post reporting on Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Church (one of the largest evangelical mega-churches in America). Mr. Hybels has refused to distribute Mark Driscoll’s (Senior pastor of Mars Hill in Seattle, another large evangelical mega church and well known Christian leader) DVD on church planting because Driscoll […]

Egalitarianism and Homeschooling- One Member’s Personal Story

Karen Till, CBE member and friend, is the author of this post about being a homeschool parent and an egalitarian. My journey towards equality and gift-based leadership began about three years ago when I read Cunningham and Hamilton’s book, Why Not Women. I was ready for it. At the time I was struggling with much […]

Thoughts on the PCUSA Denomination in Regard to the Ordination of Women

The following article is a guest post submitted by Anita Bell, ordained pastor in the PCUSA Church. Rev. Bell offers the following reflections on her denomination in hopes that her critique would continue to call believers to solid scholarship surrounding the empowerment of women and men in ministry and encourage her denomination to clear and […]

Gender Equality: Too Close To Home

Other cultures have a lot to teach us all, but what we often learn is that “they” are “us.” In Ireland, Trocáire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church, runs an annual Lenten ad campaign, which asks for more than just alms: it asks for contributions for movements that seek justice. To get […]

Side by Side- an Update on the Conference in India

This post was written by Arbutus Sider, a CBE board member who attended the recent CBE conference in India. The trip took me and a dozen others from the US to Bangalore, a city in South India for a conference called “SIDE by SIDE—Gender from a Christian Perspective: Men and Women Dependent on Each Other […]

Misguided Church Program Lets Down Men and Women

On Sunday I visited a large church in the Birmingham, Alabama area. They have a lot of great Bible studies, fellowship groups, outreach opportunities, and other programs that make for a thriving congregation of Christians. But I was started by an announcement about their “Passion and Purity” program, in which the men of the church […]

Mutuality Magazine and E-Quality Journal—Call for Papers

Mutuality publishes feature articles for evangelical lay readers on topics related to biblical equality and justice. The theme for our Spring 2007 issue is “Advocacy versus Apathy.” In this issue we would like to remind Christians about why it’s important to take a stand on issues even when doing so may not serve our own […]

The Image of God and Sexuality

There is a very disturbing thing going on to encourage abstinence among Christian teenagers and children. It started with Purity Balls’ “a memorable ceremony for daughters to pledge commitments to purity and their fathers to pledge commitments to protect their girls.” I could not find the pledge the daughters make on their website, but here […]

Urbana and Egalitarians

Kudos are in order for Inductive Bible Study leaders at Urbana 2006 last week. I was hard pressed to find any heirarchical authoritarians in the whole bunch. In a feedback time after the conference, the leadership found that there was very little complementarian argument over the selected study of Ephesians chapter 5. Praise God for […]

My Story is not a Unique One

I grew up a perfectionist, the oldest child in a middle class family. When report cards came out, I was upset for days if I got an A-. I wanted to do well at everything I did, and put in the extra work to make sure that happened. By the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence, I […]

In the Footsteps of Joseph: Discovering the Bible in its Context

In a recent pre-Christmas sermon on Mary, it was suggested that fathers should take their sons to see the movie, The Nativity Story. By seeing this movie, it was said, young men will see how they can be loving husbands, like Joseph, and protect their wives in difficult circumstances like these—“these” circumstances referring to their […]

Palestinians are people too

Recently, I had the privilege of seeing in concert the Bethlehem Bible College Choir from Palestine. The 30-plus choir members are currently training for Christian ministry in their native land. About one-third of the members are women. They sing in Arabic in traditional Palestinian style; most of the songs are original and a few are […]

A Recent Visit to the Republic of China [Taiwan]

I sat at dinner with a young missionary couple in downtown Taipei, in their 20′s, preparing to return back to the United States. They will take up a pastorate on the West Coast. I asked them about how they are going to work with a heirarchy in their denomination that does not really promote women […]

Mystery – A Defense of Mutual Submission within Marriage

In that classic Bible passage on marriage (Eph. 5:21-33) so often used, or alluded to in the marriage ceremony, the narrative closes with the admonition, “this is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the Church are one.” (vs. 32 NLB) The mystery would appear to be, from the […]

What Married Women Want (Not this one)

Brad Wilcox is at it again. Chrisitanity Today interviewed him regarding his new sociological study, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? Equality, Equity, Commitment, and Women’s Marital Quality.” First as Megan O’Rourke points out in her article on Salon “this study is based on surveys done between 1992 and 1994.” Of course he found […]

Created in God’s image

The Bible records that humans were made in God’s image and however we try to describe what that “looks” like, there can only be one image. God is not fragmented or divided into two “equal but different” parts. God is one God and we have been created to be like God. This surely is a […]