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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]

Reversing the Great Commission for Women

As a skeptic, I sat bewildered as I listened. Dr. Dan Crabtree was teaching a class called “Women in Ministry” at Central Bible College. For the first time in my life I realized I was carrying invisible chains. The breaking of these chains made this the most transformational class of 11 years of theological education. […]

The Paradox of Faith

The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Winter 2011 issue of Mutuality, titled “Power.” 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 […]

The Other Noah

The recently released film Noah has highlighted the fact that many people are at least somewhat familiar with the biblical character of Noah and his story, whether or not they’ve ever stepped into a church. This may simply mean some vague knowledge of an ark, some animals, a rainbow…. or maybe a unicorn that missed […]

The Scroll Links Up 6/6/14

Happy Friday! Here’s some great posts to get you through the weekend. Co-Leadership in Marriage: What about Headship? by Tim and Anne Evans (The Junia Project) We believe the heart of headship includes an invitation to step into the Larger Story where God is the main character, and to not live in the smaller story […]

“More Than Serving Tea” – A Book Response

In the book More Than Serving Tea by Nikki A. Toyama and Tracey Gee, five Asian American women share their experiences, stories, and thoughts about growing up in our American culture while still be influenced by their Asian heritage. Each of these these women have either moved to the United States at a young age […]

Book Review: “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power”

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter Reviewed by Sara Robertson Jimmy Carter would make a wonderful CBE member. He is on target with everything we stand for and eloquent in articulating the problems brought about by patriarchy. He does not shy away from the evidence showing where male domination […]

The Scroll Links Up 5/30/14

It’s been a heavy week. News of violence against women has permeated our social media newsfeeds and it’s easy to despair. I read Jenny Rae Armstrong’s blog post this morning asking for people to share examples of “the helpers” who are standing up for women around the world. That’s what this link-up is all about—highlighting […]

A Prayer of Lament for #YesAllWomen

O Lord, how long must we wait for you? Will you forget us forever? We are your children, daughters of Eve. Co-heirs with Christ.  And yet, we are tormented. Day and night, sons of Adam exert their power over us. The Curse on Eden rings raw and loud in our ears as we witness the unspeakable […]

“Then Esther Spoke”

I vividly remember an energetic retelling of the story of Esther at a youth conference when I was a teenager. This performance of Esther highlighted the well-known 4:14b, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV). At the time, I was unaware that “for […]

Power, Gender, and Evangelicals: Ideas Have Consequences

The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Spring 2012 issue of Mutuality, titled “The Christian Patriarchy Movement.” 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 […]

Book Review: The New Perspective on Mary and Martha

The New Perspective on Mary and Martha by Mary Stromer Hanson Reviewed by Judith A. Diehl Recently, as I was listening to a Christian radio station, the female announcer shared that she was feeling guilty about her busy life. She made reference to the biblical “story of Mary and Martha,” typically feeling at fault because […]

The Scroll Links Up 5/23/14

Happy Friday! Here are some wonderful posts we found around the web this week promoting biblical gender equality. Enjoy!   In the Image of Man They Created God; Male They Created Him, by Kate Wallace (The Junia Project) How have we come to this place where we will adamantly fight against any mention of the […]

Jesus on Gender-Inclusive Interpretation

Consider Jesus’s well-known teaching on divorce from Mark 10: Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his […]

Resist Hugging the Rock: Thoughts on 1 Timothy

The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Summer 2012 issue of Mutuality, titled “Moving Forward.” 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 […]

The Scroll Links Up 5/16/14

Hello CBE friends and readers of this blog! Today, just like every Friday, we’ve compiled a list of thought provoking posts from around the web that tie in with CBE’s mission: CBE affirms and promotes the biblical truth that all believers—without regard to gender, ethnicity or class—must exercise their God-given gifts with equal authority and equal […]

The Bait & Switch of Complementarians

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. Many thanks to David Cramer for his blog, posted earlier this week, commending John Piper’s advocacy for the […]

Responding to the Exclusion of Women

The other day, a conference line up was announced in the UK for “Positively Anglican”, a time for the organisation Church Society to “reassert a positive evangelical vision for the future”. If you look at the line-up form either close or far you will notice some people are missing, namely women and people of colour. […]

Book Review: Bold Girls Speak

Bold Girls Speak by Mary Stromer Hanson Reviewed by Ruth Burton This book is a wonderful collection of stories written for a young audience about girls in the Bible who dared to either speak up or work in difficult situations. The author has added beautiful fictional details to the stories so that the reader can […]

Why We Stand with John Piper on Women’s Education

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is […]

The Scroll Links Up 5/9/14

Great writing this week around the web about shared leadership for women and men in the church and home! Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Christian Women Need to Know Their History, by Hannah Anderson (Christianity Today)  For many, history can seem less personal, less accessible, and somehow […]

Mom’s Night Out: A Laugh and a Lost Opportunity

Reviewed by Sandra Glahn (Twitter: @sandraglahn) Moms’ Night Out, starring Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”) opens Friday, May 9—right in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Drew’s character, Allyson, and her two friends—played with expert delivery by Logan White and Patricia Heaton—want just one thing: a peaceful night out eating food off a menu while enjoying uninterrupted […]

Some More Remarks on Submission (Compliments of Phil Payne)

The last half of Philip B. Payne’s book Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters begins an exegesis of Paul’s later writings in Ephesians, Colossians, and 1 Timothy and deals with some of the most contentious passages dividing the Church over the role of women. Chapter 15 “Ephesians […]

Is God Male?

The following is the President’s Column from the Autumn 2012 issue of Mutuality, titled “Parenting.” 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. […]

The Hunger Games and the Gender Debate

I am a big fan of The Hunger Games series, and devoured each book in a matter of days after release. Recently I saw Catching Fire(1), the movie based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. There are many powerful moments in the film, but I thought one scene in particular had implications for […]

The Scroll Links Up 5/2/14

Enjoy these posts from around the web about biblical gender equality, and add your own in the comments below! We Are All One in Christ Jesus, by Kelly Soifer (Center for Youth Ministry Training) Some will tell you that there is a male approach to leadership and a female approach to leadership. While there are some generalities […]