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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Summer 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.

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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.


Summer 2014

Volume: 21 | Number: 2


This issue of Mutuality investigates how assumptions as well social and cultural context affect the beliefs and conclusions we hold, with special emphasis on how patriarchal worldviews can color the interpretation of Scripture.


Your Worldview is Showing
By: Tim Krueger | June 5, 2014
Egalitarians suggest that just as Scripture challenges any worldview that endorses slavery or racism, it also opposes any worldview that endorses patriarchy. In response, we ought to dismantle patriarchy in the name of Jesus.

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When Worldview Trumps Wisdom
By: Dawn Gentry | June 5, 2014
What happens when the wisdom of Christ trumps worldview? What if we developed a truly kingdom-centric worldview? When Jesus was on earth, his wisdom trumped the prevailing worldview in several scenarios.

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A Culture of Silence: Patriarchy in America's immigrant churches
By: Gricel Medina | June 5, 2014
Much has been made of America’s dwindling church attendance numbers, but that is only part of the story. In 2013, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson of the Religion News Service reported on the role of immigrants in the American church, observing that “immigration’s overwhelming religious impact has been to inject expanding diversity and fresh vitality into the [...]

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On Being a Woman After God's Own Heart: Biblical Womanhood, or Cultural Womanhood?
By: Jenny Rae Armstrong | June 5, 2014
The women’s Bible study I was attending was going through A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George, one of those guides to “biblical womanhood” that offered a few good insights, but mostly just made me feel guilty and inadequate about my fledgling homemaking skills. Something about the theology seemed off, but [...]

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Culture Isn't Everything: A call to elevate biblical truth over cultures of male domination
By: Xana McCauley | June 5, 2014
South Africa was named the rainbow nation on February 3, 1990 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. For our country, with its nine official languages, this name is indicative of diversity as well as acceptance. Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela brought us together in a spirit of unparalleled reconciliation and forgiveness. There is still work to do, but at [...]

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Humble Community: Seeking God together, even when we disagree
By: Christena Cleveland | June 5, 2014
A couple of years ago, I preached on the topic of singleness at my church and during a post-sermon question-and-answer session, I was asked a rather unexpected (given the topic) and baiting question about the merits of egalitarian versus complementarian marital relationships. 

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The Underside of the Table
By: Lisa Nygard | June 5, 2014
The professor asked for two volunteers, one male and one female, to go to the front of the room where a small table was set up. Our course was about the church’s role as reconcilers, and that day we were discussing systemic gender inequality.

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Egalitarians and Complementarians: One Gospel, Two Worldviews
By: Mimi Haddad | June 5, 2014
Egalitarians and complementarians share much in common. We adore Jesus and serve him passionately. We are committed to justice as a biblical ideal. And, we’re both devoted to Scripture as God-inspired. Though we both long to see the world embrace the gospel, we promote two distinct worldviews. What is our difference? Male-only authority. Is [...]

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Book Review: Felicity Dale's The Black Swan Effect
By: Pam Hogeweide | June 5, 2014
It is clear to many that the holy winds of change are gusting up around the globe as women break free from the grip of gender inequality. The Black Swan Effect is a prophetic collective of writers who are committed to helping the contemporary church discover the outrageous reality of the leadership and [...]

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