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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]

Together, Let’s Tear Down the Gender Wall

This month marks the 27th anniversary of the famous “Tear Down this Wall” speech. “Tear down this wall!” was the challenge issued by United States President Ronald Reagan to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall. Reagan said. “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, […]

Book Review: Global Voices on Biblical Equality

Global Voices on Biblical Equality (Edited by Aída Besançon Spencer, William D. Spencer, and Mimi Haddad) Reviewed by KeumJu Jewel Hyun Global Voices on Biblical Equality opens with a poem To Prisca and Aquila, which ends, “Gemstones of God, buried in stony, multicultural mines.” This book is about “gemstones of God,” women ministering together with men in the […]

The Scroll Links Up 6/27/14

Happy Friday! Here’s a round-up of blog posts pointing to biblical gender equality. Be sure to share your own recommendations in the comments! Are Men and Women Enemies? by April Fiet I think we’ve forgotten that the curse was enmity between the woman and the snake…not between men and women. Was Abigail Right to Go […]

The Workaholic Mom?

“What pushes someone toward becoming a workaholic?” “What do we get out of spending too much time at work at the expense of our families?” These are the questions we pondered recently in a Sunday School class I attend. Answers ranged from the desire to provide for a family to employment insecurities to a desire […]

Your Worldview is Showing

This post is adapted from the editorial of the brand-new issue of Mutuality, themed “Worldview.” Tim Krueger is CBE’s publications coordinator and the editor of Mutuality. You can follow Mutuality on Twitter @MutualityMag, and can follow Tim @kruegertw. “Your epidermis is showing!” my friends gasped, struggling to keep straight faces. Noticing the mischief in their […]

The Scroll Links Up 6/20/14

Hello dear friends. Thanks for your faithful support and readership on this blog! We’re so glad you’re here. Below is a collection of blog posts from around the web as well as a round-up of Scroll posts from this week, for you to peruse over the weekend. It takes a community to raise the banner […]

More Thoughts on the Divine Gender . . .

It seems as though the topic of divine gender is spawning a great deal of conversation and debate these days. Amidst all the opinions, the calm observations and the fiery rhetoric there’s been a great deal of labeling going on. The word ‘heretic’ has been thrust about with overzealous piety and an antagonistic agenda that merely […]

My Constant Ally: A (slightly belated) Father’s Day reflection

Father’s Day is a great opportunity to thank the men around us for the job they have done raising us. My experience is no different. My father has been a great influence in my life, and as I grow older into a strong woman who fights the hold of patriarchy, I cannot help but think […]

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. […]