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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Autumn 2017

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 2017 Mutuality magazine titled Marriage

Autumn 2017

Volume: 24 | Number: 3


In this issue of Mutuality, we look at marriage—what does a biblical vision for marriage look like in different contexts, how do we get there, and how we can do better at teaching about marriage. And, we review four great new books!


Why Marriage Must Be Egalitarian to Be Truly Christ-like
By: Tim Krueger | September 5, 2017
Soft patriarchy makes men kings who play at being one with their subjects, but requires them to keep their crowns. It retains the kind of power-over structure that Jesus gave up when he became human. 

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Finding a Biblical Model for Hispanic Marriages
By: Gricel Medina | September 5, 2017
Hispanic marriage is all about tradition. Generation after generation, we honor the traditions passed down to us. To question them would be to dishonor our culture, our family, our identity. But what if a pattern is wrong? What if it’s not the pattern our designer wants us to follow?

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Living a Shared Spirituality: What Jesus's Parents Can Teach Us about Marriage
By: Beulah Wood | September 5, 2017
Christians are used to hearing about Joseph and Mary, usually around Christmas. Then, they’re the supporting cast, and Jesus is the focus. They certainly don’t often come up in conversations about Christian marriage. Perhaps they should. 

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Over Forty Years Together
By: H. Edgar Hix | September 5, 2017
We've had doubts, debates, disasters, and delights.  

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Five Ways Pastors Unconsciously Reinforce Abuse, and How to Do Better
By: Natalie Collins | September 5, 2017
All pastors teach their congregants about abuse one way or another. When we preach, lead Bible studies, or interact pastorally or socially with people, the language we use and the way we present topics will either reinforce or challenge an abuser’s narrative.

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The Power of (More Than) Two
By: Mimi Haddad | September 5, 2017
Whether married or single, Christian faith is a social faith. It knits everyone into communities for support and service. 

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Naked: Reclaiming Sexual Intimacy in Marriage
By: Kate Wallace Nunneley | September 5, 2017
Naked is a marriage book thoroughly steeped in egalitarian theology and completely free from gender stereotypes and tired “male headship” language.

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Making Marriage Beautiful: Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start with You
By: Amy R. Buckley | September 5, 2017
A few months ago, an acquaintance confided that her marriage is in trouble. She asked about egalitarian marriage resources, and I enthusiastically recommended Dorothy Greco’s new book, Making Marriage Beautiful. 

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Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible
By: Jenny Rae Armstrong | September 5, 2017
Grit and Grace is an empowering, thought-provoking, and eminently readable book. 

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When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from A Womanist Perspective
By: Kaitlin Curtice | September 5, 2017
“The purpose of the stories about biblical mothers falls on literary and socially deaf ears unless they mean something to twenty-first-century mothers,” Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder writes in When Momma Speaks. This is the essence of Crowder’s mission: to forge a story connection between biblical mothers of color and modern African American mothers.

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