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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]

Misleading Phrase: “Spiritual Leader of the Home”

I’m curious if someone on the blog could help. Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians 11 talk about the husband being the “head.” Fine. Great. But I’m curious about when (historically) people began using the nomenclature “spiritual leader.” What is the root of that phrase? Did this crop up in the 1950′s? Or earlier or later? […]

Leaving Father and Mother

Just wondering why the Bible says that “a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife” rather than “a woman leaves her father and mother…..” In most cultures it has always been the woman who leaves (or is ‘given away’) and cleaves to the man, which I would suggest is more consistent […]

(Trans)Gender and Science

In a Wall Street Journal article today, “He, Once a She, Offers Own View On Science Spat” [July 13, 2006; p. B1], Sharon Begley reports that Dr. Ben Barres has a specially unique viewpoint on the issue of whether women make good scientists. Barres, in today’s issue of Nature, strongly disagrees with the “Larry Summers […]

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 […]

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 […]