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I'm passionate about justice for all and am a defender of those who can't speak for themselves. In looking back, this is how I was as a young child at school when seeing others being teased. I have always known that every person is special and greatly loved by God. Have been married to Trevor for 48 years and have 4 grown sons. Being retired gives us opportunity to be more available to our family including our eight grandchildren. Whether it's travelling across Australia with our caravan to visit one of our sons and his family or just camping in our tent, we love the simple life of enjoying creation in this wonderful country of Australia. In our ministry life of 35 years, we had been concerned about equality but for much of that time had no access to informed theological thought. CBE is important because of its continuing resourcefulness and encouragement to Christians in all walks of life.The goal of CBE is to educate on how the bible promotes equality and to empower people to work for justice. I believe that the work done at CBE by staff, members, and friends is redemptive to both individuals and communities. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Kingdom of God through the work of the CBE Scroll.

Accurate and Understandable Church History

In order to better appreciate church life in this century, it is helpful and perhaps essential, that we understand how Christianity has been lived since the very beginning. Mindy & Brandon Withrow have combined their gifts for writing and a passion for history to bring us 5 easy-to-read books with the series title “History Lives” […]

An Observation

It doesn’t take long before everyone who meets me is aware that I don’t like stereotyping and avoid it strenuously and yet……I have observed that often in families where there are children of both genders, the girls seem to be the more responsible ones, often to the annoyance of brothers who are being ‘bossed around’ […]

Our Heritage – Part 5

Antoinette Brown was born in a log cabin in New York and was moved by the ministry of Charles Finney when she was six years old and joined the Congregational church at age nine. Excelling in school and graduating from college in 1847, she created a stir when she returned for graduate studies in theology. […]

Our Heritage – Part 4

In writing this series, I have sought out accounts of brave women who may not be as well known within church circles. Here is another name which you may not recognise – Eleanor Chestnut. Eleanor was an unhappy child, lonely and hungry for a mother’s love. Her father abandoned her at birth and her mother […]

Our Heritage – Part 3

Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verse 10 says “Work hard at whatever you do” and the person featured in this post was perhaps the hardest working woman of her time.  Amanda Smith was born into slavery in Maryland on January 23rd 1837 and her father, Samuel Berry worked tirelessly to free his children. Samuel made brooms by […]

Our Heritage – Part 2

Women are as tough as nails when it comes to working for Christ as George Fox realised when he began the Quaker movement in the 1600s. From the beginning, he welcomed women preachers. His first convert was a well-to-do middle-aged mother named Elizabeth Hooton from Nottingham England. She soon became the Quakers’ first woman preacher. Her […]

Our Heritage – Part 1

I love reading about the history of the church. Even though there have been many horrific times of Christians persecuting each other and huge moral failures, the church is our family, our heritage. Along with the disgraceful behaviours are the countless acts of selflessness, courage and steadfastness in face of huge opposition. Many of those […]

The First Nativity Scene ?

Just read an account of part of the life of St. Francis of Assisi who was known for his simple life and itinerant preaching. What I didn’t know was that on December 24th 1223, Francis found a cave near Greccio, Italy and brought in animals traditionally associated with the birth of Christ. He built a […]

One Woman’s Persistence on Thanksgiving

Was the first Thanksgiving really held by pilgrims shortly after the Mayflower anchored at Plymouth? Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America was proclaimed in Palo Duro Canyon by Padre De Cadilla for Coronado’s troops in 1541, 79 years before the pilgrims. At any rate, Thanksgiving as an annual national holiday was slow in coming. […]

Voices from Around the Globe

The majority of posts on the Scroll have been written by people living in America, a few from Australia and occasionally there’s one from England. Our statistics tell us that the blog is read by people all over the world and we would love to have some articles written by readers from a variety of […]

It Works Both Ways

I would suggest that most, if not all, women would have been the subject of ridicule in some form or other simply because of their gender. Sometimes it is felt even without words – the scorn, belittling behaviour and condescension. Then of course we know of the way many men talk of their mothers, wives, […]

Small Steps to Change

This photo is of an apple…….no question about that. Now it’s cut we can see inside but before then we had no idea what was inside. So it is with people…..we can assume things without knowing ‘what’s inside’. There’s an old saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, and yet it happens all the […]

True Story

That same day two of them were walking to the village of Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them, but they were not able to recognise […]

Note from Admin.

Special offer for Scroll readers to have a year’s E-membership of CBE which entitles you to PDF versions of the latest Priscilla Papers and Mutuality as well as discounts on conference prices and bookshop items. CBE has a special price until the end of this week ($18 e-memberships), but if you are one of the first five […]

The ‘Male Mind’

Just following a link from another Christian website and came across the offer of a course for women which is written and taught by a man. Among other objectionable statements was one which says women can (and should) ‘get into and understand’ the male mind!  If I was a guy, I would be offended by […]

When Jesus Came to Earth

It is interesting to observe that ‘in the fullness of time’ (when God had planned) Jesus humbled himself and came to earth as a baby; conceived in a miraculous way and born in unusual circumstances far from his parents’ home. When the time came for God to send the angel Gabriel to advise of the […]

Excellent Arise column

Click on the “Arise” icon on the r/h side of the home page to read an outstanding, yet horrific account of what women went through in order to bring attention to the fact that women should be treated as equal citizens. Photo is a boab tree from north western australia which  was used as a […]

To Speak or Not to Speak ?

One of the issues we grapple with from time to time is when to speak up for biblical equality and when to stay silent. In some instances, it seems more circumspect to ignore the comments or criticism because we know the background of the people and what their beliefs are regarding the place of women. […]

The End of Men ?

Giving Education Opportunities

The Bible Society in Australia has a newspaper entitled “Eternity” which publishes articles of interest to the Christian public. The latest edition features a recent book by Hanna Rosin entitled “The End of Men” with the subtitle “and the rise of women” (small letters) The quotes from the book were mostly statistics from America about […]

Wedding Vows

Over recent years we have observed what we consider an alarming trend among young couples as they make the huge step of making vows in the wedding ceremony before their family and friends. These young people so sincerely are promising to “lovingly lead” (the guy) and “willingly submit” (the girl) Do they think through what […]


“And here is an interesting bit of info for you, from another Iranian friend. Apparently, Farsi has a second-person pronoun which is gender neutral but still personal, unlike our English “it.” As a result, he tells me that Farsi translations of the Bible don’t use “He” for God, but this neutral pronoun! He also tells […]

The Fear Factor

Recently I read on another blog that the writer had not read anything about helping people face the fear of moving from a complementarian position to that of an egalitarian. Maybe this is true for many of our readers so we would like to give opportunity for folks to write here of their struggle and […]

More Than One Way

While there is only one way to peace with God and eternal life, and that way is Jesus, there are many ways in which people come to be enlightened about God’s heart for his creation in mutuality. It would be a great encouragement to everyone to read how you first came to see the truth […]

Women’s History Month

March is the time when America remembers the huge contribution of women over their long history. As past of the celebration, CBE is holding  prayer walk on March 28th. They intend praying at ‘women’s shelters, churches, schools or other places within communities where women are being restored’ Also at places where ‘women are still denied […]

It’s So Ingrained!!

This whole stereotyping of female and male behaviours begins in the cradle and never ends! Having had 4 sons and now, 6 grandsons we are surrounded by influences on boys which they just absorb without thought most of the time. Even though some of their parents try to instil values which are gender-free, the general […]