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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2014

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

Blog + Magazine Articles

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Cover of Spring 2014 Mutuality magazine titled Masculinity

Spring 2014

Volume: 21 | Number: 1


In this issue, our goal is to reframe the discussion of biblical masculinity around Jesus, the Bible, and real life, and to do so without the lens of patriarchy. 


Reframing Biblical Masculinity
By: Tim Krueger | March 6, 2014
When asked what we, as regular people, can do to prevent sex trafficking, a Minneapolis police officer who works with both victims and perpetrators on a daily basis had only one response: “We need to reinvent what it means to be a man in our society.”

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Confined to Caricature: Moving past the stereotypes of masculinity that harm both men and women
By: Don Neufeld | March 5, 2014
If violence, abuse, and discrimination against women are the fruits of patriarchy, its seed is the distortion of God’s image in each of us. Patriarchy paints caricatures of feminine and masculine identity, and when these messages fall on fertile soil—a culture that will embrace these images—they grow into the next generation of [...]

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Masculinity: An Egalitarian's Thoughts
By: Susan Harris Howell | March 5, 2014
Ask one hundred people “What does it mean to be masculine?” and you will likely get a hundred different answers, along with a fair amount of blank stares and blinking eyes. When I posed the question, rather unscientifically, to a few people hanging around our campus’s social science building, I got a variety of [...]

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If Men Give Love to Get Sex
By: Micah Murray | March 6, 2014
I’ve always wanted to get it right the first time. I don’t like to make mistakes. I don’t like to learn from experience; I’d rather learn from books. So when I was getting ready to propose to the girl who would become my wife, I read everything I could about how [...]

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How Jesus Defies American and Roman Masculinity
By: Sandra Glahn | March 5, 2014
In a world in which real men didn’t cry, Jesus wept. In a world in which masculine men didn’t characterize themselves as women, Jesus compared himself to a hen, and his Father to a woman who lost a coin. In a weapon-wielding world, Jesus told Peter his sword was out of place.

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Agents of Reconciliation
By: W. Tali Hairston | March 5, 2014
“Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Jesus asked this question of the disciples (Matt. 16:13–19) after warning his followers about the false teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees, who had been hounding Jesus for a sign from heaven to validate his identity as Messiah. This was done to test or disprove Jesus. Asking [...]

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Reflect with Us: Manly Men, Common Clay Pots, and a Harvest of Good Deeds
By: Jo Ellen Heil | March 5, 2014
Worldly stereotypes about men abound. Movie-goers watch jet-setting spies spring back to life after leaping out of airplanes. Professional athletes are valued for their physical prowess. Romance readers lust after rugged cowboys. Gamers pretend they are militaristic superheroes. And Wall Street applauds twenty-something billionaires.

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Does the Bible Paint God as a Woman?
By: Wendy Herrmann Smith | March 5, 2014
God led Moses, Isaiah, Matthew, and Luke to describe God as a woman. When we read verses with feminine imagery, we should start by thinking of, well, a woman.

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First Man Standing: Men and Sexual Violence
By: Peter Grant | March 5, 2014
My world changed in 2008 when I listened to a Namibian woman speak about her experience of being raped three times as a teenager. I was aware that violence against women was an important issue, but it had not affected my heart. I felt God challenging me about what kind of world we had created—a [...]

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Male and Female: One Image, One Purpose
By: Mimi Haddad | April 16, 2014
Those who believe that gender is the most important aspect of personhood are called "gender essentialists." For them, maleness or femaleness is an attribute that shapes the fundamental meaning and purpose of life, a view that, sadly, drives gender hierarchy in the world and also in the church. Significantly, gender essentialism is not a biblical [...]

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