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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Summer 2004

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.

M122 Summer 04

Summer 2004

Volume: 11 | Number: 2

Singles Finding Their Value from God

I have been aware of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways women’s callings are marginalized or, worse, negated, but somehow the unique challenges facing singles—and single women in particular—escaped attention.


Filling a God-Shaped Hole
By: Jaime Hunt | June 5, 2004
Growing up, my father’s esteem was the most important in my life. Throughout my childhood I attempted to meet — and exceed — his expectations for me. I longed for his approval.

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A Woman's Worth
By: Sherri Langton | June 5, 2004
“You need to find a husband,” my stylist announced, briskly clipping my curls. Ignoring my silence, Janet (not her real name) bubbled about an eligible male customer of hers who was “just right” for me.

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With Gladness and Singleness of Heart
By: Jo Ellen Heil | June 5, 2004
Did you know that the Bible is filled with single people who were loved, called and used by God? Whether prophets or widows, eunuchs or church leaders, these single souls served God “with gladness and singleness of heart.”

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Rules to Date By
By: Jessica Gaylord | June 5, 2004
Most of us acknowledge that differences between the sexes exist. Yet, rather than presenting the unique qualities of each gender as glorious God-given gifts, Morgan and Lookadoo portray these differences as irritating defects that each gender must learn to endure.

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An Egalitarian Guide to Chivalry
By: Jon Trott | June 5, 2004
I’m a fairly egalitarian male; some would say I’m hyper-sensitive regarding unequal treatment of women in the church and in society. But when it comes to the traditional chivalrous role the male gets to play ... I confess I enjoy it.

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God Longs to Embrace Us
By: Jaime Hunt | June 5, 2004
For years she had felt called to the small, impoverished nation and she believed she could offer much to the islanders. After the service, Rebecca approached her pastor and told him she wanted to sign up for the trip. She was shocked when he scoffed.

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Rarely Safe, But Always Good
By: Mimi Haddad | June 5, 2004
Though our life may endure many challenges and desert desolations, responding to Christ’s radical call to “come and follow me” means our journey will rarely be safe, but it will always be good. For God is very good!

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A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church can Live Happily Ever After
By: Patricia D. Kissell | June 5, 2004
Throughout the book, Widder asserts that today's church is broken when it comes to singleness. But she holds both singles and the church responsible for not treating each other with respect and dignity. 

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