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    Adjusting our Perspective

    Adjusting our PerspectiveFor I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11) I have a fairly large deadline looming just ahead of me.  In May, I graduate from a seminary with an MA in Biblical Studies, and if I’m honest, like many others who are searching for employment, I’ve got some anxiety about the future.  See, my [more]

    Poem: Holy Week Women

    Poem: Holy Week WomenAt Passover we celebratehow God used Moses to deliverIsrael from slaveryhow his staff kept them from drowning in the Red SeaWe forgethow when Pharaoh ordered a gendercidethe midwivesdelivered this Hebrew babyhow his mother’s reeds kept him from drowning in the NileWho knew underwater basket-weaving was worthwhile? “Moses” means “draw out”Prince of Egypt, he drew Israel outdefying Pharaoh’s armyraised the 10 commandmentsand led the people 40 years in the wilderness.His name camefrom the princess of Egypt who [more]

    Submissive, or Strong Rescue?

    Submissive, or Strong Rescue?The following is adapted from the President’s Column from the Summer 2013 issue of Mutuality, titled “Old Testament Women.” 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. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find even one woman in [more]

    Christ is Risen!

    Christ is Risen! “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”    — John 11:25-26 NIV All of us from The CBE Scroll wish you a blessed Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who makes all things new! It is only through him that CBE's ministry is even possible and we praise God [more]

    The Scroll Links Up 4/18/14

    The Scroll Links Up 4/18/14 Be encouraged, dear CBE members and readers of this blog. We are not alone in our pursuit of biblical gender equality. Read on to see who else in the blogosphere has been writing about gender equality this week. I hope you will click through and comment on these blogs---encourage your brothers and sisters who boldly proclaim the truth of the gospel. Conservative Christian Women And The Worst Accusation, by Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs If you are the one that [more]

    Modeling Gender Equality in Children’s Stories

    Modeling Gender Equality in Children’s StoriesI recently watched a TED Talk by Colin Stokes called “How movies teach manhood.” The ideas expressed in this talk struck a chord in me and got me thinking about the role models—and the villains—we present to children. Far too often the villains are women—wicked witches, evil sorceresses, evil queens, and evil step mothers. And far too often, the heroes are princes or knights or at least male. Before you read further, watch this TED Talk. [more]

    Diversity Works: Celebrating Diversity in the Leadership of the Early Church

    Diversity Works: Celebrating Diversity in the Leadership of the Early ChurchThe following is the President’s Column from the Autumn 2013 issue of Mutuality, titled “Equality Across Every Continent.” 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. Few of us will forget the great recession that began in 2007, when poor [more]

    The Scroll Links Up 4/11/14

    The Scroll Links Up 4/11/14 Here's this week's installment of The Scroll Links Up: the post where we highlight posts from around the web that proclaim biblical equality for men and women in the church and home. Enjoy! A New Book That Sets the Sisters Free! (Frank Viola interviews Felicity Dale) The book will set many women free, inspiring them to serve the Lord unhindered. It will also educate many men to understand how the Lord views our sisters in His service.   The [more]

    Sanctification

    Sanctification “The guys just don’t feel like they would be able to lead you spiritually,” Ryan, one of my best friends at my small Christian college, turned and said to me gently. It was January of sophomore year, and on a late night drive the conversation had turned to me, and whether or not I was the object of anyone in our larger friend group’s affections. Ryan quickly spoke up, explaining how my relationship with the [more]

    Tie-Breaker

    Tie-Breaker“Wives, submit to your husbands,” says Ephesians 5:22. Just be careful not to commit idolatry while you’re submitting. The complementarians I know insist that husbands and wives should listen to each other and make big decisions together. The purpose, they say, of Paul’s instruction to wives is to prevent paralysis in decision-making. If the husband and wife face an important decision and they cannot agree, then the wife should yield to her husband’s view. This is [more]

“Mom, Where Are the Women?”

“Mom, where are the women?” my twelve-year old son asked as he scanned the program for a 9/11 “10 Year Anniversary Remembrance Service” sponsored by the local ministers’ fellowship. Josiah saw it immediately.  I was a little slower.  I looked over the program which included a welcome, invocation, pledge of allegiance, six patriotic songs, nine […]

Arise

Just a reminder to click on the “Arise” icon on the r/h side and read the latest edition. This one is a magnificent slam poem which you can read or watch on YouTube. Liz (admin.)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15: 1, TNIV)

Dealing with the emotions that swirl around the gender debate in the church today can be very challenging. The discussion often touches upon beliefs that are very core to us as Christians. Few remain truly “neutral” on women’s leadership. This is exciting, but it also warrants caution and wisdom. It is exciting because people are […]

It’s All About Who Should

I’m very much an Egalitarian, but for me the issue is really more about giftedness. We can tend to get caught up in who should be behind the pulpit or at the lectern and miss all the other giftedness around us. When I worked at a bank’s call center, helping bankers with computer problems, I […]

Note from Admin.

The latest post is written by David Cramer and you can read his profile on the HomePage. While there, check out Kristine Lowder’s profile, as well as those of all who write for The Scroll. Liz & Trevor

Treating Like Things Differently

“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” (Colossians 3:11, NIV) Recently I read a poignant reflection on Colossians 3:11, which argued that Paul’s vision expressed in this verse erases all social divisions within the church. When we look at […]

Can We Do Better?

A local Bible camp recently announced its schedule for the summer.  “Headlining” the programming for girls camp is a tea party.  You know, frilly hats, dainty gloves.  Extended pinky fingers grasping sweet little tea cups. I have nothing against tea parties per se, but as the centerpiece, the highlight of a girls camp? Is this the […]