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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Autumn 2000

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.

Mutuality Autumn 2000

Autumn 2000

Volume: 7 | Number: 3


This issue explores the ways God transforms us. Read about how God worked through one woman in her struggle for gender equality, how one man’s view moved from male superiority to mutual submission, and a young girl ponders her prayers’ worth.


Women, Religion, and the Culture War
At its yearly convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America passed a statement opposing abortion, pornography, homosexuality — and female pastors. For Southern Baptist leaders, these issues hang together. They assume that on their side of the culture war, Christians must oppose these practices as a piece. 

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How Can Graciousness Forward The Message Of Equality?
By: Alvera Mickelsen | September 5, 2000
How do we forward the cause of biblical equality? The same way wise people forward any other cause: Understand to whom you are speaking and/or writing. What are their interests? What do they feel strongly about? What do they understand about their own position or yours?

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Called To Climb
By: Karen Lichlyter-Klein | September 5, 2000
A wise man once told me, “Chose carefully which hills you are willing to die on.” When I first heard that statement, I was not sure what it meant, but as years have passed, I now know well what that man intended to tell me. My story began as a 9-year-old girl growing up in [...]

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From Male Superiority To Mutual Submission
By: John R. Kohlenberger III | September 5, 2000
In his treatment of women as equals, Paul followed Jesus’ lead. Jesus defined servant-leadership in Matthew 20:28 (NRSV), “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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Is 'Woman' A Dirty Word?
By: Michelle D. Davison | September 5, 2000
“Lord, help me to know where you have gifted and motivated me to serve, so that I might be more fully used by you.” This had become my heart’s cry, yet as I began to sense the direction of the Lord in my life like never before, the doors of the church seemed to [...]

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Finding Freedom in a Fair God
By: Mary Duncan | September 5, 2000
Imagine my surprise after becoming a Christian to learn that God does not consider women to be equal with men! I grew up in a non-Christian home. My mother and father were divorced when I was a year old. Mom remarried when I was three years old, and subsequently had four more children by my [...]

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Whose Prayers Count More?
By: Chelsea DeArmond | September 5, 2000
As I bowed my head to pray, I remember feeling disappointed that the pastor’s wife was praying with me instead of the pastor. Although she was a godly woman, I thought that somehow if he led me in prayer it would count more than his wife’s prayers. I wished that I could sneak [...]

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Hearing Aids For Husbands
By: Nils Swanson | September 5, 2000
Peter states what should be common sense: husbands, live with your wives in a considerate and respectful manner. He then goes on to say that if a husband does not do this, his relationship with God will suffer.

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The Head Of The Wife?
By: Dorothy G. Stevens | September 5, 2000
"For the husband is the head of the wife, is that not what the Bible says?" my friend asked in all earnestness. "No," I replied, "that is not what the Bible says. Paul says that the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. How is Christ the [...]

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Taste And See That God Is Good
By: Mimi Haddad | September 5, 2000
Egalitarians essentially face the same challenge encountered by the abolitionists and suffragists. Not only did they have to argue that the existing social structure was inferior and unbiblical, but they had to actually show that the new idea was superior and more closely aligned with Scripture.

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Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know
By: Joanne Nystrom Janssen | September 5, 2000
The only thing wrong with Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know is the title. This book contains information essential to every person, not just pastors.  

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