Welcome to CBE’s Library

Tip: to find an exact phrase or title, enclose it in quotation marks.

image

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, I came to the tomb. I came alone in that time before dawn, when fear and doubt get the best of us, and when God seems farthest away. 

KEEP READING
image

Jesus can give us life that death can’t erase. He has the power to do that no matter what the obstacles are that bind us. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead to help us understand the power of God, to help us see that God has control over every kind of death. 

KEEP READING
image

We are not told exactly what Barak did to demonstrate his extraordinary faith. But, thankfully, the account of his work under Deborah, the respected prophet and judge, in Judges 4–5 provides helpful clues to answer this question from the Scripture.

KEEP READING
image

The glow of the moon leaves cold circles of light on the rooftop of the Pharisee’s home. He has waited for the darkest part of the night to meet with his guest. He often goes to great lengths to avoid the prying eyes of self-righteous neighbors. Eagerly, he converses with the visiting Teacher.

KEEP READING
image

If God’s design for male-female relationships was unity and interdependence, and if hierarchy in relationships came as a result of sin, perhaps we need to reevaluate teachings on male “headship” in marriage today.

KEEP READING
image

This skit can be used to help people see the absurdity of putting two intimate equals in a relationship of hierarchy when mutual submission is what creates closeness and harmony.

KEEP READING
image

I remember the first time I met her, a year ago. It was a Saturday afternoon in February, and in the week that followed, she became “Mama Joanna” to me.

 

KEEP READING
image

As we celebrate the strong and faithful examples of many women in the Bible, we also recognize that their stories have too often been left untold. 

KEEP READING

In fact, I have come to the conclusion that the kind of patriarchal worldview Jesus and Paul condemn is simply the culture of the fall.

KEEP READING
image

Gospel hospitality offers us a powerful experience of God’s welcome. Abraham and Sarah were both touched and changed. God has welcomed us, too, into new life, into life that is free from expectations based on cultural stereotypes and roles.

KEEP READING