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Learning Solitude from Singles during a Pandemic

Being a single adult during a global pandemic has been a very lonely experience. But in some ways, it has offered me an incredible gift—although it’s not the gift that most people assume.

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Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Tips for Egalitarian Marriages and Families in a Pandemic

As egalitarians, we must acknowledge the extra difficulties we are currently experiencing on top of the usual challenges of working toward mutuality in a culture which seems to assume traditional gender roles.

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A mother breastfeeding her newborn

Julian rightly sees something significant in the loving act of a mother giving birth that can help us to better grasp how deep and wide God’s love is for all of God’s children.

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Man holding his baby on his chest with a baby carrier.

Editor's Note: This is a Top 15 CBE Writing Contest winner. Enjoy! My family moved to a new place last year, so we are relatively new to our current church. 

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Woman with a rainbow behind her standing in desert terrain leaning back with her eyes closed.

The same year my husband was in the process of enlisting in the military, I was studying the Bible with a group of women on Wednesday evenings.

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The back of an older couple sitting on a bench that overlooks mountains.

As we approached our 45th wedding anniversary, my husband was no longer the kind, sweet man I met in college many years before.

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A mother, father, and their two children standing at a church alter.

Life would have been easier, at least outwardly, if we had followed complementarian theology. We might have stayed at our church.

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woman with arms crossed as husband's back is turned to her

Some people believe that 1 Corinthians 7 means that husbands are entitled to sex and wives have an obligation to supply it. But the text, properly interpreted, doesn't support that argument.  In fact, it opposes it.

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family cooking together

Try as we might, there is no way to equally share the joys and struggles of carrying a child, giving birth, and breastfeeding. When my husband and I were ready to grow our family, I wondered how we would be able to maintain our nontraditional gender roles and split work equally.

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In this workship, Sarah Ago builds a foundation for anyone who is new to the idea of egalitarian marriage. She begins 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. She then examines the redemption that the cross brings into the relationship between men and women, touching on some of the confusing passages in the New Testament. Finally, practical advice on decision-making is offered within the context of an egalitarian relationship.

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