Welcome to CBE’s Library

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The movie When Harry Met Sally has a famous dinner conversation where Harry states, “men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” He was neither the first nor the last to express a sentiment that has consistently brought fear and suspicion into cross-sex relationships. While we should be cautious in our society of affairs, divorce, and casual sex, the time has come to look beyond our societal issues and ask whether that fear and suspicion among brothers and sisters is all we can hope for in the family of Christ. We need diverse perspectives in all aspects of society—even in our interpersonal relationships. This seminar will explore this question biblically and theologically, and move forward with practical steps to form friend and colleague relationships with the opposite sex. Remember, Jesus had several close friends who were women.

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This session explores the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing women survivors of domestic abuse can experience when they give voice to their stories of overcoming through faith. The Healing Voices book will be presented as a backdrop of the liberating power experienced by women survivors/victims of abuse when they give voice to their experiences. They then become legitimate agents of change to move themselves from a position of brokenness into ministry to other women through the sharing their stories.

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Patriarchy undermines the dignity God bestowed at creation. The first part of this workshop focuses on biblical reflections on human dignity and God’s image, and the second part concentrates on “redeeming God’s purpose for the creation of men and women.” With reference to creation narratives in Genesis and examples drawn from different cultures in Africa and other parts of the world, Chemorion demonstrates how cultural worldviews contribute to a diminished view of women, and what needs to be done to restore human dignity.

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Widening the net of authentic dialogue with a passionate intentionality in the 21st century. How to be more intentional, relevant, and strategic in the way we reach a multi-cultural community. Tailoring our message for all ethnicities is possible. How to avoid monolithic rhetoric that often undermines and dilutes biblical gender equality. Discover ways you can expand the dialogue to reach a more diverse audience. 

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This session considers the portrayals of gender in which communicate and cultivate gender-based limitations in the modern Christian social imagination. It is a portion from a larger project on identity in the world of sound bites. This session invites you to consider how media representations continue a long history of depictions that communicate a particular role for women in society and speaks for the church in contrast to the biblical witness.

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Dr. Westfall briefly introduces her book, Paul and Gender, which was released November 15, 2016. She talks about some of the book's unique contributions, where they came from, and how they impact the interpretation of key passages. She focuses on 1 Corinthians 11:3-18 and veiling and submission; 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and women keeping silent; and Ephesians 5:21-33 and headship and submission in marriage.

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Have you ever heard biblical stewardship is the same as giving to ministry? If so, what is the difference and how will understanding the difference impact our generosity and our relationship with God? In this session, we will look at important differences and how we can be creative in ways we support ministries and participate in building God’s kingdom. We will also explore ways how we can increase our support of ministries while also providing for our loved ones.

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God designed an equal and mutual partnership between men and women—together, they were to steward God’s world. What does this “blessed alliance” look like today? Learn what makes partnerships between men and women simultaneously satisfying and fruitful. Building on two decades of ministry experience and three years of doctoral study, Rob Dixon will help you discern ways to strengthen your partnerships so that they can become places of greater flourishing.

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The motivation for perpetrating abuse is always a lust for power and control. Patriarchy by nature produces a dynamic of power and control creating the perfect environment for abuse to grow, thrive and hide. Ashley Easter looks at the links between patriarchy and abuse in the home and church. Listen as Easter shares her own story of embracing equality in Christ and freedom from abuse. She shares the life-changing details she learned along the way that will help release our Christian communities from the devastating effects of abuse among us.

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This workshop examines how patriarchal views of gender relationships are sometimes anchored in homoian or semi-Arian views of the Trinity. This talk explains this idea and then critiques it, arguing that homoian views should not be used to bankroll beliefs about gender. 

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