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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Winter 2016

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 Autumn 2015 Mutuality magazine titled New Testament Women

Winter 2016

Volume: 23 | Number: 4

New Testament Women

This issue of Mutuality highlights a few New Testament women, celebrating their influence and their contributions to the church.


The Martha I Want to Be
By: Becky Castle Miller | December 5, 2016
Someone had to make Jesus dinner. Or at least that’s what Martha of Bethany thought, “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40). 

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Samaritan Sinner, Celebrated Saint: The Story of the First Christian Missionary
By: Bronwen Speedie | December 5, 2016
Many Jewish rabbis of Jesus’ time would cross the street rather than walk near a woman, but Jesus crossed into unthinkable territory for this “divine appointment” with a Samaritan woman.

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Put That on Your Résumé
By: Valerie Geer | December 5, 2016
We proclaim the message of the truth of the resurrection / In the tradition of Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James / In Luke 24

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The Elder and the Lady: A Look at the Language of Second John
By: Margaret Mowczko | December 5, 2016
There is one New Testament woman whose ministry and identity have been diminished to such an extent that some do not even recognize that she was a real person. She is the woman who was a recipient of the letter we know as 2 John. 

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Jesus’ Feminine Self-Presentation in the New Testament
By: Valerie Geer | December 5, 2016
It is a matter of Christian doctrine that God is neither male nor female; God is spirit. The Scriptures, however, use both male and female imagery to talk about God’s identity and activities. At the same time, it is also true that God incarnate was a Jewish male. This means Jesus [...]

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Finding the Beginnings of Female Missionaries in the New Testament
By: Sarah Rodriguez | December 5, 2016
I was sitting in an anthropology class at my Christian college listening to the musings of the professor. She had been speaking about globalization, feminism, and Christianity when she suddenly posed the controversial question, should women be allowed to be missionaries? I was shocked by her question, because until that point, I had never doubted [...]

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Seeing Women, Finding Equality
By: Tim Krueger | December 5, 2016
Where they aren’t erased, biblical women are often misrepresented. The Samaritan woman is remembered as a serial adulteress, when it’s just as likely her five marriages were the result of things beyond her control

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Women Leaders - The Good and the Bad
By: Mimi Haddad | December 5, 2016
To understand 1 Timothy 2, we need to overcome our blindness to women. We need to see Priscilla, a wise and strong leader and teacher; Artemis, the goddess whose female-centered religion would have normalized female religious dominance; the unqualified women usurping authority and spreading false teachings; and those being deceived by those teachings.

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