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My name is Jeff Miller. I grew up in Nebraska and remain a Cornhuskers (football) fan to this day. Since 1999 I have taught Bible and ministry at Milligan College, a Christian liberal arts college in eastern Tennessee. Before that I held youth and music ministries in Nebraska, Tennessee, and Colorado. My wife Dana has been a children’s minister (and a quite good one) for over fifteen years. We have two married daughters, and we are excited about our first granddaughter, who will be born in the summer of 2014. Like many readers of The Scroll, I grew up complementarian by default. My mind and heart were eventually changed through a series of influences that even I cannot fully trace. I became familiar with CBE through their journal Priscilla Papers, and an advertisement in that journal gave me the idea of attending CBE’s 2007 conference in Bangalore, India. The conference was life-changing, and since then I have been enriched at CBE conferences in Denver, Toronto, St. Louis, Melbourne, Seattle, and Pittsburgh. Beyond family, faith, and profession, my main interests are piano, hiking, and racquetball. If you’d like to go for a hike in the southern Appalachian Mountains, by all means send me a note!

The Christian Walk

Some readers of The CBE Scroll will be surprised to learn of the variety of strongly-held opinions regarding who has the right of way when hiking. Hikers with an opinion are evenly divided between two primary points of view. First, many believe that when two hikers meet, the person hiking uphill has the right of […]

“Then Esther Spoke”

I vividly remember an energetic retelling of the story of Esther at a youth conference when I was a teenager. This performance of Esther highlighted the well-known 4:14b, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV). At the time, I was unaware that “for […]

The Guilty Pair

In a recent blog at newlife.id.au/christian-theology/blaming-eve-alone/, The CBE Scroll’s own Margaret Mowczko has written a piece titled, “Blaming Eve Alone,” in which she summarizes an article by Julie Faith Parker (“Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b,” Journal of Biblical Literature, winter 2013; see here). I found Margaret’s blog especially […]

Forgotten Sisters

Many readers of The CBE Scroll will be familiar with the tendency of some modern English Bible translations to render the Greek word “brothers” (adelphoí) as “brothers and sisters,” “believers,” or something similar. Consider, for example, Romans 16:17, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions…” (NIV 2011). This […]

Women Evangelists in Acts

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them […]

“…and many other women”

“…and many other women” Luke 8:1-3 reads as follows: “Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons […]

He Didn’t Have To. He Chose To.

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I recently had the privilege of spending several days in Rome. Among many important sites, the most interesting to me was the ruins of Rome’s ancient harbor city, Ostia (you can take a virtual visit here: http://www.ostia-antica.org/). One standard feature of Greco-Roman cities which is plainly visible at Ostia is the domus, the home of […]

What a Shame!

Essentially any book on New Testament backgrounds will include some description of the cultural values of honor and shame. For a full and admirable treatment of the subject, see David deSilva’s Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (InterVarsity, 2000). Simply put, most people in the Greco-Roman world were constantly conscious that their social status […]

One Illustration – Two Points

Though it’s been over 20 years, I remember with clarity a college professor’s powerful illustration about the nature of Christian ministry. This professor, also a long-time minister and volunteer hospital chaplain, had been called upon to be a pastoral presence in two contrasting yet related situations: first, as a new mother promptly parted with her […]

In Memory of Her

In Mark 14 and Matthew 26 we read of Jesus being anointed by a woman while visiting the home of a man called Simon the Leper. The story ends with Jesus’ words, “Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of […]

What Are You Looking For?

Recently I was in need of a certain book. I don’t own the book, and after a brief unfruitful search I gave up. Later that day, I walked by an office ten feet from mine and saw the book on a shelf just inside the office’s open door. I borrowed it and quickly found what […]

Jesus and John Lennon

I have recently read in two blogs (neither is CBE’s Scroll) that Jesus sometimes treated women rudely. Each cites John 2:4, where Jesus addresses Mary as “woman” at a wedding feast. Unfortunately, both bloggers have fallen prey to an elementary interpretive fallacy: The implications of a word or phrase in one culture are not necessarily […]

All Those in Every Place

Perhaps, like me, you’ve been asked, “If you could give someone only one argument for egalitarianism, what would it be?” Perhaps, like me, you don’t like that question because the answer differs depending on the audience. I know people who would respond best to an appeal to theology, focusing on the loving and freeing character […]

Unity through Communion

Throughout much of my childhood, I possessed my home congregation’s three unofficial requirements to serve communion: a sport coat and tie, a family that arrived on time, and a Y chromosome. Therefore my brother (who not surprisingly met the same criteria) and I served communion almost every Sunday morning and evening from seventh grade well […]

Easter Morning

Easter brings to the egalitarian mind the fact that women were the first evangelists to proclaim the risen Lord. One of the gospel accounts attesting to this historical fact is Luke 24; verses 9-10 say, “…and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was […]

“Culture is Everything” … “Everything is Culture”

When teaching a class on biblical texts about women, I once made the mistake of saying, “Culture is everything.” I found out several days later that some students–one in particular–took strong exception to my comment. The student thought I meant that culture is the most important factor in biblical interpretation. Thinking that I had said […]