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tim+anne evans
We recently saw the movie Selma. In the comfort of our theater seats we observed what we can only imagine African Americans endured—and in many ways continue to endure. As followers of Christ who believe in the egalitarian[i] principle of full functional equality for men and women, we watched Selma and noticed similarities between many churches view of functional equality for women, and the treatment of African Americans before they were considered equals. Review history, for centuries church leaders interpreted literally and absolutized a handful of Bible passages they believed fully supported slavery. For example; “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything…”[ii] “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear…just as you would obey... Read more
Paul Hjellming
You would think after all that was made (most of it justified) of the inequities of this year’s Oscar nominations that last night would have been more of the same. And to a certain extent it was. A lot of white men got up to accept awards, reflecting the Academy’s key demographic. But more than who was or was not nominated, the night was marked by people speaking out for what the causes they believe in. From Graham Moore encouraging us all to “stay weird, stay different” to Julianne Moore highlighting Alzheimer’s disease in her acceptance speech for Still Alice, from Alejandro González Iñárritu becoming the second ever Hispanic person to win the Oscar for Best Director to John Legend and Common’s stirring performance and win for... Read more
There have been some very encouraging articles posted on websites around the world this week, which, in some way, promote the equality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry. Here are a few of them. Reclaiming Eve: Idelette McVicker’s story ( “If anyone is in Christ, she is a new creation…Substituting a ‘he’ for a ‘she’, for the first time ever in my life, I felt like I was meant to be included in those words, not stand outside of it. Always reverent, hopefully obedient, but always excluded.” An Accidental Advocate (in one of the worst places in the world to be a woman) by Hannah Gaddini (The Junia Project) This is the story of a 21 year old woman who went to the Democratic Republic of Congo to wor... Read more