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Upcoming Mutuality Themes

Issues of Mutuality are generally built around a theme. Below are the themes for 2018.

To submit an article or query, email our editor, Tim Krueger, at tkrueger@cbeinternational.org. (Feel free to get in touch even if the deadline has passed—we may still be able to use your submission.)

Note: the topic ideas below are ideas only. Feel free to submit articles or proposals on other topics related to the themes. We will also consider articles unrelated to the themes, and may ask to hold them for future issues.

Spring 2018: This Is What a Preacher Looks Like

We are no longer accepting submissions for this issue.

Summer 2018: Age of the Silence Breakers

We are no longer accepting submissions for this issue.

Autumn 2018: Boys Don’t Cry: A Crisis of Vulnerability

  • Articles due: July 1, 2018
  • Publication date: September 5, 2018

How does an egalitarian theology of mutuality cultivate healthier boys and men, and how does this contribute to a more Christ-like church and community? How does patriarchal theology in practice in the church isolate boys from vulnerable relationships, and how does this impact boys/men and girls/women?

Topic ideas (submissions are not limited to these topics):

  • Why does vulnerability matter for boys as they grow into men, and what does the Bible teach us about the relationship between vulnerability and masculinity?
  • How can Christian parents encourage their sons to express emotion/be vulnerable? What are good family practices for undermining the “boys don’t cry” myth?
  • How can the church encourage boys to be vulnerable? What changes need to be made in the messaging of small groups, youth groups, Sunday school, sermons, and other ministries surrounding what it means to be a man?
  • What are the long-term spiritual consequences of “boys don’t cry” for adult Christians? Do men have trouble being intimate with God because they don’t learn emotional vulnerability at a young/formative age? How does that negatively impact their faith life?
  • How does complementarian theology encourage men to suppress their emotions and place a heavy burden on men to have unending emotional strength/control? How does egalitarian theology/mutuality foster emotional intelligence in boys/men?
  • How do the examples of David, Jesus, and other men in the Bible as well as God’s own self-expression/description indicate a God who celebrates emotional vulnerability and deep feeling?
  • How does the “fight club Jesus” caricature that some churches square with Christian tradition and Jesus’ own vulnerability? How is it shaping (and hurting) young Christian men?
  • What cultural/social forces in the “boys don’t cry” narrative contradict the message of Scripture? (Compare and contrast structure: a. cultural message; b. what Scripture actually says/implies c. the message corrected)
  • Is the pressure to suppress emotion linked to violence against women or violence in general? If so, how, and what does that mean for organizations and activists that fight gender-based violence? Is cultivating male vulnerability at a young age (opposing “boys don’t cry”) an initiative that needs far more attention from gender equality activists?
  • How is emotional expression/vulnerability critical to sexual development? How does the over-simplified message (about masculinity and male sexuality) boys hear in church and in youth groups cause them to view themselves and women through a very narrow lens i.e. men are physical and sexual/women are emotional?
  • What happens in our brains and bodies when we cry/express sadness, grief, and pain? Why does that function exist and why is it so important for boys to do? What is lost when only girls learn to express sadness with tears/lament? What can science and psychology tell us about the impact of suppressing emotions on the male psyche?

Winter 2018: Gender and Church Planting

  • Articles due: September 10, 2018
  • Publication date: December 5, 2018

It sometimes seems like church planting is dominated by men with big personalities and authoritarian leadership styles. Is the stereotype true, and if so, why? What is the status of egalitarian church planting, and what can be done to ensure the success of egalitarian church plants and especially female church planters?

Topic ideas (submissions are not limited to these topics):

  • What is the status of egalitarian church planting, and why is it important that egalitarians plant churches?
  • Tell your story of being part of an egalitarian church, or of being a female church planter. What have been your challenges and successes?
  • How can an egalitarian planting a church ensure that the church is egalitarian in practice as well? What kind of practices and structures facilitate egalitarian leadership and community? What can people do to make it work—from denominations to pastors/leaders to congregants?
  • How can church planters make sure they’re planting a church that will be a safe and empowering place for women, from day one and ground-level?
  • How does race factor into church planting and female leadership especially where Westerners are planting churches in non-Western contexts? What can be done to improve the situation?
  • Women perform unpaid and unrecognized labor in many areas of life. How does the world of church planting mirror this oversight? Are women putting in the work to establish a plant only to go uncredited and unrecognized as a leader once the church takes off? Are there biblical examples that can shed further light on this, where women performed the labor and men got the credit? Where do we see God giving credit to women for their leadership in the church? Why should the church break from culture in expecting this unrecognized labor from women?

Is there a theme you’d like to see Mutuality address? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us through our contact form.