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David Cramer I am a doctoral student in Religion at Baylor University with an emphasis in theological ethics. I previously taught in the Religion & Philosophy Division at my alma mater, Bethel College, Indiana, and before that I received an M.Div. and M.A. (philosophy of religion) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. At TEDS I began to move in an egalitarian direction while studying the New Testament alongside female M.Div. students for a professor who wasn’t so keen on egalitarian interpretations! My article, “Creating a Culture of Equality as Witness to the Truth,” was a finalist for the student paper competition at the 2009 CBE Conference in St. Louis and was later published in the Summer 2010 issue of Priscilla Papers. Along with writing on gender, my research interests include Christian nonviolence and Anabaptist theology, especially the theological ethics of John Howard Yoder. I have published various articles and reviews on these topics in journals such as The Mennonite Quarterly Review, Christian Scholar’s Review, Philosophia Christi, Ethics & Medicine, and elsewhere. I am also co-editor of the volume, The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism (Pickwick, 2012). As a licensed minister in the Missionary Church, I am editor of the Missionary Church historical journal, Reflections. Outside of academics I am actively involved in a local Mennonite community, Hope Fellowship, and enjoy spending time with my wife, Andrea, and our two young children.

Jesus on Gender-Inclusive Interpretation

Consider Jesus’s well-known teaching on divorce from Mark 10: Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his […]

Why We Stand with John Piper on Women’s Education

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is […]

Why (Most) Complementarians Should Be Pacifists

I believe that (most) complementarians should be pacifists.* Consider the following passages: A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the […]

Where’s the Line? A Personal Journey Toward Equality

A while back a friend asked me my thoughts on gender issues and, particularly, a certain prominent “complementarian” organization. Here’s what I had to share about my personal journey: In high school and college I was a sure “complementarian,” based on arguments such as those of such of the organization alluded to above and the […]

What is Paul’s “Mystery”?

Why is Paul in chains? And what is this mystery that God has now revealed? I believe the answer to both of these questions is the same. And it might not be what we typically think it is. If we miss it, we will miss the importance of Paul’s prison epistles. When Paul returns to […]

Is Egalitarianism on a Slippery Slope?

I don’t know about you, but I have evangelical friends with all kinds of different views on gender. Come to think of it, I have evangelical friends with all kinds of different views on a whole host of topics: child baptism or believers baptism, just war or pacifism, Arminianism or Calvinism, and, yes, even egalitarianism […]

Remembering the Blessed Blandina


Maturus, Sanctus, Blandina, and a youth from Pontus, most miserably tormented, on the River Rhone, about the year 172. By Jan Luyken. For Women’s History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to remember the early Christian martyr, Blandina, whose story is told by (pseudo?) Irenaeus in his “Letter of the Churches of Vienna and […]

A Protestant-Specific Argument for Egalitarianism

I believe that it is inconsistent for one to be a strong complementarian and a Protestant at the same time. Complementarians often hold that, though women can be involved in various forms of ministry, they cannot become “ordained ministers.” But consider the following simple argument: According to one of the fundamental tenets of Protestantism, the […]

Treating Like Things Differently

“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” (Colossians 3:11, NIV) Recently I read a poignant reflection on Colossians 3:11, which argued that Paul’s vision expressed in this verse erases all social divisions within the church. When we look at […]