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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2010

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.

The Dating Issue

Spring 2010

Volume: 17 | Number: 1

The Dating Issue

Christian dating books are often filled with oversimplified advice that draws on cultural stereotypes about gender and describes them as God’s only way and intention for romantic relationships. This issue of Mutuality looks to dispel these myths provide a way to create relationships marked by grace, holiness, and the freedom.

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Opening Doors and Spinning Our Wheels
By: Megan Greulich | March 5, 2010
Does the Bible really teach that men and women are truly opposites, with differing needs, desires, roles, and communication styles, as so many of these books argue? Are these gender stereotypes (which are clearly modeled after medieval concepts of chivalry or princess fairy tales) biblical and essential for godly relationships?

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Taking Initiative
By: Karen L. H. Shaw | March 5, 2010
There is abundant evidence that God delights in godly initiation and godly submission of all his people. God’s Word never says it’s normative that men be the initiators and women the responders. It’s simply not in the Bible.

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Chivalry vs. Servanthood
By: Amanda Beattie | March 5, 2010
Many people today mourn the death of chivalry. However, if we consent to let it go, choosing instead to embrace Christlike servanthood, I very much suspect we will never even miss it.

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X + Y = Happy Relationship?
By: Jason Eden | March 5, 2010
Having questioned the formulaic approach of so many other relationship “experts,” what’s left for us to do? Perhaps a return to the universal principles found in Scripture and the conduct modeled by Jesus is in order.

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An Intellectual and Spiritual Communion
By: Bethany Nelson | March 5, 2010
If you’re looking for a beautiful model of an egalitarian relationship in the midst of a decidedly non-egalitarian culture, the love story of Angelina Emily Grimké (1805–1879) and Theodore Dwight Weld (1803–1895) is especially inspiring. 

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When We Said “I Do”
By: Ryan Snyder, Anna Snyder | March 5, 2010
Instead of seeing marriage as a hierarchy, with a husband in authority over his submissive wife, we came to believe a wife and husband should be equals in marriage. For us, that meant making decisions together and both being wholeheartedly involved in the planning of our married life.

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Women’s Calling as Ezer
By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2010
When culture values women and men equally, these very attitudes stem the abuse of women. What is more, when dollars are invested in women’s health, education, and businesses, we not only raise women’s standard of living, but that of their families and communities.

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The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules
By: MaryAnn Nguyen-Kwok | March 5, 2010
Truly, the most striking message from James' book is that Ruth is not just a lonely woman, in the way of modern romance movies, seeking love and matrimony to complete her happiness. 

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