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Hello friends. Another great week for CBE and our friends around the world who are joining us in the movement for biblical gender equality. Here are a few posts written this week around the web for you to read, share, and ponder this weekend. Enjoy! "Women Pastors and Male Privilege" by Jeremiah Gibbs "When I was in seminary I learned that many of my female colleagues hear comments about their clothing, hair, and make-up every week. It’s easy to dismiss this as an odd reality of culture. Some of these remarks are compliments and aren’t meant to make a woman’s job harder. But consider how the constant discussion of physical appearance changes the way women pastors spend time preparing for Sunday morning …" "Why are Working W... Read more
1.  Does the order in which they are created establish man’s priority over woman? Nothing in Genesis teaches that creation order establishes man’s priority over woman. God created the plants and animals before man, yet to whom did God give dominion? Was it not the one created later? In fact, the leadership of the one born later is a major Old Testament theme: Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau, Judah over his older brothers, Moses over Aaron, David over his brothers, and so on. The Genesis account of creation teaches not hierarchy, but that both man and woman together have dominion over the earth. God created man and woman equally in his image. This equality is not limited to spiritual standing before God, but includes shared authority over the earth. Contrary to the m... Read more
Judy Douglass
[Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Judy's blog on 12/1/2014. Reposted with permission.] I get asked the same question everywhere I go. Whether I am in India, Mali, Indonesia, Netherlands, Ethiopia, Hungary,  the U.S., it’s basically the same question: Who am I and why am I here? More specifically: What is God’s purpose for me as a woman? At transition points in our lives, when we feel dissatisfied or confused about our lives, when we have dreams that seem beyond our reach, and at many other times, we wonder who we are and what our purpose is. God has answers.  And for women these answers include specifcs for all women and for each woman.  Here is just a summary of those truths—the discovery and living out will be... Read more