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    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 Scroll Links Up 4/4/14

    The Scroll Links Up 4/4/14Welcome to the second edition of the weekly CBE Scroll Links Up, where we point you to blog posts around the web proclaiming biblical equality*. It's amazing how wide and deep is the community of believers who are committed to gender equality in the church and home. It is such an encouragement to me, and I hope to you too, to read the various perspectives and stories from ordinary people passionate about mutuality. There were [more]

    On Submitting to One Another

    On Submitting to One AnotherThe idea of submission is neither a cultural norm nor an accepted virtue. The human heart, untouched by God's grace in salvation, naturally wants things its way and the voice of culture screams to us at every turn that getting what we want is most important. Scripture, however, tells us that we live in a kingdom “not of this world” (John 18:36) and this other-worldly kingdom is set into motion by Jesus’ example of submission, [more]

    Rebekah: The Guardian and Protector of Israel

    Rebekah: The Guardian and Protector of IsraelI’ve grown up in the church all my life and have always heard Rebekah talked about in a negative light. Teachers and leaders have called her manipulative, deceptive, and lacking in submission to God and to her husband. Tradition has not been kind to Rebekah and I believe she is one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood women of the Bible. I hereby dedicate this post to my hero and to my mentor, Rebekah. This is [more]

What Do Women Get Out of It?

Let’s try to concentrate for a moment on the complementarian viewpoint as the more recent theologians have framed it and not on the more fringe (and mostly earlier) elements that are anti-education for women. I think that these more recent formulations of the hierarchical position still have in mind some golden picture of the “holy […]

Women, Education and the Ministry

In the first century, women lacked the education available to men. This was true for both Jews and Gentiles. No matter where one presently lands in the discussion about women in the ministry; this fact, everyone agrees upon. Craig Keener stated this in Discovering Biblical Equality, “Learning in the Assemblies” [p. 169]. He writes, “More […]

We All Choose Our Own Experts

The truism of my title relates to previous comments on another post re taking more notice of authority figures than “ordinary” folks. This is another area where the church looks and acts too much like the world where power and prestige rule. That is why Jesus said such radical things as “the last shall be […]

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Symbols, Authority and Selling Ideas

Authority is always an interesting topic in Christian discussions. Arizona State Professor of Social Psychology, Robert Cialdini wrote about authority and psychological dynamics in the 1980′s. Among other dynamics, Cialdini found that authority relationships influence buying practices among consumers. When authority figures endorse products, they sell. The current complementarian/egalitarian discussion has centered around this discussion […]

Beauty, Cosmetic Surgery and Christians

A missionary friend spoke with me this last week about beauty and the cosmetic industry. While on sabbatical at the University in Winnipeg, he wrote about this topic for one of his courses. I was intrigued and quite provoked to think about this a lot more. He spoke with me about various psychological and emotional […]

FREEDOM! In Christ

When the messiah comes, says the Old Testament, he will “proclaim freedom for the captives.” (Is. 61:1 TNIV) Jesus the Messiah came, but he brought something better than the expected freedom from foreign domination: instead, he was interested in making people’s spirits free. Jesus himself said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is […]

How will Church Historians Evaluate our Generation

Let’s look at our generation from the view of church historians. I think they will simultaneously wince and praise us. I think they will wince as they consider evangelical theologians holding to a subordinationist view of the Trinity and receiving a broad complementarian audience. I think they will further wince as they think of process […]