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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]

If the Spirit Calls

“If the Spirit ordained a woman and she was called to preach, she had to be a pastor,” the Rev. Dr. Dale T. Irvin, president of the New York Theological Seminary is quoted as saying in a recent New York Times article about the rise of women pastors. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately—the […]

Our Heritage – Part 3

Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verse 10 says “Work hard at whatever you do” and the person featured in this post was perhaps the hardest working woman of her time.  Amanda Smith was born into slavery in Maryland on January 23rd 1837 and her father, Samuel Berry worked tirelessly to free his children. Samuel made brooms by […]

Our Heritage – Part 2

Women are as tough as nails when it comes to working for Christ as George Fox realised when he began the Quaker movement in the 1600s. From the beginning, he welcomed women preachers. His first convert was a well-to-do middle-aged mother named Elizabeth Hooton from Nottingham England. She soon became the Quakers’ first woman preacher. Her […]

Our Heritage – Part 1

I love reading about the history of the church. Even though there have been many horrific times of Christians persecuting each other and huge moral failures, the church is our family, our heritage. Along with the disgraceful behaviours are the countless acts of selflessness, courage and steadfastness in face of huge opposition. Many of those […]

Gender Equality in Second Clement

I am reading through The Apostolic Fathers at the moment, a collection of Christian writings which date roughly from the late 1st century to the middle of the second century. One of the books in this collection is called Second Clement. Second Clement is a sermon in the form of a letter. Dated at around […]

I am a Jesus Feminist Because of the Resurrection

There was part of me that wanted to wipe the tears from my eyes, turn to the congregation and shout, “Daughters of Mary, your voices are still needed! There are still many waiting to hear what it is you have encountered in the living Jesus!”

Galatians 3:28: Our Identity in Christ and in the Church

Blessings of Identity For two thousand years, every morning, many devout Jewish men have said the following prayer, or a similar form of it: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” This prayer is […]

Top 13 Egalitarian Resources of 2013 (Part 2)

Yesterday, we looked at #13 – #6 on our top thirteen list of egalitarian resources in 2013. Today we look at the top five: Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi, eds. Marion Taylor presents a one-volume reference tool that introduces readers to a wide array […]

Top 13 Egalitarian Resources of 2013 (Part 1)

At CBE we take great care to review numerous books each year in order to provide you with the best new resources on biblical equality. As we reflected on the highlights of the past year, we wanted to bring you a list of what we consider to be the top thirteen resources in 2013. The […]

The First Nativity Scene ?

Just read an account of part of the life of St. Francis of Assisi who was known for his simple life and itinerant preaching. What I didn’t know was that on December 24th 1223, Francis found a cave near Greccio, Italy and brought in animals traditionally associated with the birth of Christ. He built a […]

Merry Christmas from CBE!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines […]

The Great Faith of Lowly Women

Do you find it curious that Luke begins his account of Christ’s birth by comparing Mary’s faith with the fears of a priest? Meeting the angel beside the altar, Zechariah is gripped by fear. And when the angel announces glad tidings, that his wife Elizabeth will bear a child, the priest asks, “How can I […]

Women Evangelists in Acts

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them […]

Yes, Let’s Talk About Power

This post originally appeared on November 15, 2013 on the blog of House2House Magazine: house2housemagazine.com/2013/11/15/yes-lets-talk-about-power-by-christa-mckirland. Some Thoughts on Andy Crouch’s article in Christianity Today. I was directed to Andy Crouch’s article by a friend and ended up writing down my thoughts after reading through it a few times. I don’t know if his book will address […]

Oh Popularity, Thy Name is Human!

I love seeing my name in headlines. I suppose that makes me well, decidedly human. I love being loved. I relish being included, mentioned, cited, and most of all, seeing me everywhere! But, really, is that what this is all about—is this becoming more like Jesus? Yet, it happens over and over again. Maybe I’m […]

Additional Modern Marriage Concerns

I would like make some additional observations on the topic of Modern Marriage Concerns by taking up a statement I made in the closing paragraphs of a previous post on this subject. “I for one do not want to go back to gender hierarchy but I can readily understand it if my complementarian friends are […]

Modern Marriage Concerns

It would seem that my wife and I have come from a vastly different background to modern-day egalitarians who have grown up in a more secular egalitarian culture. What I mean by that is that we arrived at a stance of biblical equality after having been deeply enculturated in evangelical conservatism. While the church in […]

What are We Risking?

This post originally appeared on September 12, 2013 on the blog of House2House Magazine: house2housemagazine.com/2013/09/12/what-are-we-risking-by-christa-mckirland. Growing up in the South, being Southern Baptist, and even serving on staff at a few institutional churches, the issue of “gender roles” has always been on the forefront of my mind. At twenty, I had the opportunity to serve at […]

Hope for Abolition

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Then [Jesus] rolled up the scroll, […]

One Woman’s Persistence on Thanksgiving

Was the first Thanksgiving really held by pilgrims shortly after the Mayflower anchored at Plymouth? Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America was proclaimed in Palo Duro Canyon by Padre De Cadilla for Coronado’s troops in 1541, 79 years before the pilgrims. At any rate, Thanksgiving as an annual national holiday was slow in coming. […]

Dear Fellow Seminary Students, I’m Not Trying to Date You (and other tips on interacting with your female classmates)

I knew that my decision to attend seminary would present me, a 22 year old woman, with a unique set of challenges. I went into my graduate program understanding that I’d often be one of only a handful of women, if not the only woman, in my classes. I knew I wouldn’t necessarily see eye […]

“…and many other women”

“…and many other women” Luke 8:1-3 reads as follows: “Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons […]

Add a Little Light to Your Black Friday

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, Americans trample each other trying to get great deals on gifts for their friends and family members. Often, these are gifts their friends and family don’t need, and sometimes, don’t even want. This year, we have an alternative. Without the need to stand outside a store for hours […]


  Several years ago I was at a military graduation. It was impressive how these young men and women wholeheartedly committed themselves to serving our country. The honor demonstrated in the ceremony was truly inspiring and I was challenged that day to review my own definition of honor. It is a journey I am still […]

I am a Woman

This post originally appeared on The Junia Project on September 23, 2013: juniaproject.com/i-am-a-woman. I am a woman   I am not a sex object I am not an afterthought I am not a toy I am a woman I am strong I am intelligent I am more than capable I am a woman I bear the image […]