Welcome to CBE’s Library

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CBE President Mimi Haddad shares highlights from CBE’s first-ever online conference. Speakers and attendees re-examined the foundations of Christian patriarchy theologically and socially through varied disciplines.

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Hierarchical marriage roles often give husbands an inflated sense of power and importance, but also leave them overwhelmed and exhausted. Husbands end up carrying a burden God intends husbands and wives to share.

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Despite verbal affirmation of women in ministry, women are often delegated to “safe” ministry with children rather than ministry that also works closely alongside men. This is not what God wants.

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When translators choose to use “whore” throughout Ezekiel 16, they let readers think it’s okay to use words with inescapably derogatory connotations. And the true focus of the passage—apostasy—gets lost.

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We stand united in Christ to proclaim women’s dignity and purpose through accurate Bible translations, remembering that dehumanizing ideas about people lead to dehumanizing actions.

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Consistently focusing on women’s stories in the Bible helps break through its patriarchal cultural context to see women as God does. From Eve to Bathsheba to women today, all women have a role in the story of God. 

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One woman’s experience of being trained as a priest in the Church of England opened her eyes to a startling reality. A woman who dares to speak from a position of authority in the church is still a threat to too many.

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The New Testament household codes reveal that early Christians were on the progressive edge of gender relationships in their world.

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The application is very basic, and its message is so practical. When we look at the marriage between Christ and the church, the secret ingredient is selflessnessit is selfless love.

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In my opinion, this book is an important contribution, for Methodists and other Wesleyans to be sure, but for other Christians as well.

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