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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]

The Historical Fallacy of an Inconsistent Ethical Evaluation

One states, “It has not been the practice of the church that women can be bishops.” The other responds, “Well, what about Bishop Theodora?” Perhaps you are familiar with such a conversation. One presents a practice in church history, and the other responds by giving a counter-example. Both are responding according to the logic that […]

Our Heritage – Part 4

In writing this series, I have sought out accounts of brave women who may not be as well known within church circles. Here is another name which you may not recognise – Eleanor Chestnut. Eleanor was an unhappy child, lonely and hungry for a mother’s love. Her father abandoned her at birth and her mother […]

A Cry for Hope for the Church

I’m feeling so discouraged and disheartened I want to give up. I want to go somewhere where I don’t have to fight. Where I’m not in the minority. Where my voice is valued, where my fears are heard. It didn’t take much for me to want to raise the white flag in surrender and give […]

Advantages and Disadvantages

One of my first objectives in teaching a Gender Studies course is to help my students realize that neither gender has all the advantages while the other is completely without perks. While most people have at least a vague awareness that males have it easier in many ways, women and men alike sometimes don’t consider […]

Love: Not Just for Your Valentine

My friends and I are rebelling this February 14th by watching the movie Brave, where a red-headed archer princess asserts that girls can rule without marrying. Of course, we are celebrating Anna Howard Shaw Day. Born February 14th 1847, this Methodist minister joined Susan B. Anthony and others to lead the women’s suffragist movement in […]

Do I Tell Her?

A few years ago, a prominent Midwest pastor was featured in a brief biopic about his coming to grips with racially charged childhood experiences in South Carolina during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  It is a moving story of law and gospel:  confession of complicity with the racist perspectives—the “cesspool of sin”–ironies that immersed his childhood, […]

When Labels Create Division

A summer issue of Time magazine caught my eye with the title: “The Childfree Life: When Having it All Means Not Having Children” by Lauren Sandler. The link will not provide you with the full article, so I encourage you to either purchase the issue online or run by your favorite local bookstore/library for some coffee […]