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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]

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 […]

Honor

  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 […]

Excalibur: Double Standards or Double-edged?

When I relocated to Durban from my native Cape Town in South Africa, I started attending a charismatic church after some months in the city. I visited other groups and churches and tried to broaden my Christian fellowship network outside of my own community of faith. In doing this, something dawned upon me. Women were […]

Why I am a Feminist and an Egalitarian (And Why They Aren’t the Same Thing) – (Part 2 of 2)

Kate Wallace is a co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor in political science, a fellow at the Humanitarian Intervention Centre, and Coordinator of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium’s anti-trafficking network. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. This post […]

Why I am a Feminist and an Egalitarian (And Why They Aren’t the Same Thing) – (Part 1 of 2)

Kate Wallace is a co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor in political science, a fellow at the Humanitarian Intervention Center, and Coordinator of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium’s anti-trafficking network. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. This post […]

Recognizing the Women Workers of Sri Lanka

Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka where she worked for 6 years on the national staff team of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), a national evangelical organization working within the universities of Sri Lanka. She has a B.A.  in English from the University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka and a M.A. in […]

Submission and the Creation Account

Gail Wallace is co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, a consultant for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and a member of CBE. She lives in southern California and enjoys spending time with her husband of 38 years, three children, two daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. This post originally […]

Caleb and Achsah

Caleb peered down at his arms, his battle-scarred muscles remained strong although he had grown tired. He had remained faithful to God and to the cause and now it was time to enjoy his inheritance. To bask in the sunlight and enjoy the cool breeze that rustled the leaves of the Palm trees that lined the city of Hebron. And yet he felt as though he could still put an army to flight, he could still run with the young men and warriors he had trained. But the still small voice came to him again, “Caleb it is time to enter in to my rest and enjoy my finished work.” It was time to rest.

Do the Five Love Languages Love Women Too? (Part 2 of 2)

As I explained in my previous post, I think it’s important to ask if seemingly harmless Christian books, curricula and other educational tools actually promote our own values when relating to gender. Here’s a brief assessment of the online assessment quizzes available for Chapman’s popular Five Love Languages: The quizzes are based on participants choosing […]

Do the Five Love Languages Love Women Too? (Part 1 of 2)

I haven’t thought much about Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages in a long time, but recently my Family Life Education class did a presentation on this subject.  I tend to see most evangelical book empires of that sort as an attempt by publishers to cash in on an author’s popularity, and I am not a big […]