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On the New Voices thread, hosts Blake and Erin speak with Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder about her book When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective.

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Putting their 14 years of co-leading to work, the Fiets provide a long and helpful litany of practical tips for joyful and sustainable ministry partnerships between spouses. 

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Join hosts Blake and Erin and their guest Dr. Emily McGowin as they discuss what family really means for our gender theology and what advent can look like this year. 

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This workshop builds a foundation for anyone who is new to the idea of egalitarian marriage, beginning with God’s original design as described in Genesis 1 and 2 and how the fall in Genesis 3 changes the dynamic of how relationships are lived out. 

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This workshop explores how to grow a marriage relationship in which both parties have a voice and decisions are made jointly. 

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In this workshop, Jussi Suutari will discuss some verses (e.g. Eph. 5) that were important to him during over his own personal struggle with the Bible. The conflict grew out of hierarchical teachings he was hearing on some verses in Paul's letters, since through his own Bible reading he was seeing the overall egalitarian message of the Bible.

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When rightly understood, Gen. 2:24-25 and Eph. 5: 21-33 provide an almost formula-like description for a pleasurable, loving, faithful marriage of oneness built on equality and mutuality. Modern science teaches what the writers of Genesis and Ephesians could not have known.

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The exclusion of women from church leadership has often been justified by a misinterpretation of the New Testament household codes. Paul actually opposed the cultural relegation of women to a secondary status. 

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Dr. Westfall briefly introduces her book, Paul and Gender and talks about some of the book's unique contributions, where they came from, and how they impact the interpretation of key passages. 

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Paul’s words in 1 Cor 7:4 constitute Scripture’s only mention of the common Greek word for “authority” (exousia) in clear reference to husbands and wives. What does his bold statement mean in its biblical context, and what does it say about Christian mutuality in marriage and singleness today?

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