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Poem: A Brew Comes Forth

 From earthly senses, dwells a brew Calling itself truth; It denies God’s Righteous burning And look! See the turning? Turning away from Him who’s Heart Is Yearning To walk the Garden of Spirit’s Light?   He sees His children walk in the night.   What started in the Spirit Has become the design of the […]

Together, Let’s Tear Down the Gender Wall

This month marks the 27th anniversary of the famous “Tear Down this Wall” speech. “Tear down this wall!” was the challenge issued by United States President Ronald Reagan to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall. Reagan said. “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, […]

Book Review: Global Voices on Biblical Equality

Global Voices on Biblical Equality (Edited by Aída Besançon Spencer, William D. Spencer, and Mimi Haddad) Reviewed by KeumJu Jewel Hyun Global Voices on Biblical Equality opens with a poem To Prisca and Aquila, which ends, “Gemstones of God, buried in stony, multicultural mines.” This book is about “gemstones of God,” women ministering together with men in the […]

Book Review: “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power”

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter Reviewed by Sara Robertson Jimmy Carter would make a wonderful CBE member. He is on target with everything we stand for and eloquent in articulating the problems brought about by patriarchy. He does not shy away from the evidence showing where male domination […]

Book Review: The New Perspective on Mary and Martha

The New Perspective on Mary and Martha by Mary Stromer Hanson Reviewed by Judith A. Diehl Recently, as I was listening to a Christian radio station, the female announcer shared that she was feeling guilty about her busy life. She made reference to the biblical “story of Mary and Martha,” typically feeling at fault because […]

Book Review: Bold Girls Speak

Bold Girls Speak by Mary Stromer Hanson Reviewed by Ruth Burton This book is a wonderful collection of stories written for a young audience about girls in the Bible who dared to either speak up or work in difficult situations. The author has added beautiful fictional details to the stories so that the reader can […]

Mom’s Night Out: A Laugh and a Lost Opportunity

Reviewed by Sandra Glahn (Twitter: @sandraglahn) Moms’ Night Out, starring Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”) opens Friday, May 9—right in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Drew’s character, Allyson, and her two friends—played with expert delivery by Logan White and Patricia Heaton—want just one thing: a peaceful night out eating food off a menu while enjoying uninterrupted […]

The Hunger Games and the Gender Debate

I am a big fan of The Hunger Games series, and devoured each book in a matter of days after release. Recently I saw Catching Fire(1), the movie based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. There are many powerful moments in the film, but I thought one scene in particular had implications for […]

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 […]

Rebekah: The Guardian and Protector of Israel

I’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 […]

If Men Give Love to Get Sex

This article appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Mutuality. If you like what you read, consider subscribing or purchasing a CBE membership. Micah J. Murray writes about church and culture at Redemption Pictures, A Deeper Story, and the Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter @micahjmurray. I’ve always wanted to get it right the first time. I don’t like […]

Top 13 Egalitarian Resources of 2013 (Part 2)

Yesterday, we looked at #13 – #6 on our top thirteen list of egalitarian resources in 2013. Today we look at the top five: Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi, eds. Marion Taylor presents a one-volume reference tool that introduces readers to a wide array […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Empowering the Marginalized to Serve God

As I continue to listen, research, and learn more about human sexuality and the differences that characterize men and women, I have noticed, as many have, a particular theme that tends to marginalize many good men and women who fail to fit our “biblically” prescribed gender roles and characteristics. What I often hear descriptive of […]

Allowed to Serve?

The acappella churches of Christ I attended in my 20s allowed me to work in children’s classrooms and cook for potluck suppers. When I was in my 30s, the church plant we joined allowed me to sing “special music” but not lead worship…when we merged with another church plant, women were allowed to sing on […]

My Journey

My Journey 1

I recently traveled to Israel for a tour of biblical sites. The unexpected beauty of the Galilee, the historic walls of Jerusalem, and the tranquility of the Garden Tomb highlighted my trip but my most cherished memory was standing in the muddy Jordan River asking my daughter the essential question that every pastor asks before […]

Profound Submission

Few things bring me more joy than seeing the gospel incarnated in the different cultures of our world, and few things shed more light on the gospel. Each culture has the potential to reveal something of the nature of God and his love. I was reminded of this recently when I read two accounts about […]

From “Frenemies” to Friends Indeed

by Amy J. Chase As I grow older, I relate to the Bible as I do my long term friends. Some friends I can remember in their teens, then twenties, and thirties. I remember the struggles we have faced over the years, the victories we have celebrated together, and how our values have grown and […]

A Clarification for my Complementarian Friends

I met Brian six or more years ago when he was attending our local Christian seminary.  From the beginning our conversations were important: Calvinism, gender roles, human trafficking and Harry Potter, with Brian generally on the more conservative side of the issues we discussed.  When we met he was a 5-point Calvinist with stringent complementarian […]