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The domineering masculinity of American culture and the American church creates a distinct insecurity in men. This insecurity so bleeds out that men feel they must make others—particularly women—small.

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At Easter, we reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it meant for all of us—and for women in particular. We see women’s creational identity as image-bearers restored in the garden on Easter.

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The impact of machismo and how men can learn to recognize and leverage their male privilege to create space for women in the church, lifting their voices and history.

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There is a cloud of women witnesses who have gone before us and who are surely a great encouragement in our faith. Unfortunately, even our own seminaries overlook and misconstrue them.

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The oppression and disparate treatment of women in society intersects with manhood, yet men hesitate to talk about these issues in male-only settings. Discussions of manhood must also include discussions of womanhood.

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Jesus had female disciples, and there’s a reason they weren’t included in “The Twelve.” Hint: it wasn’t because Jesus didn’t approve of women as church leaders.

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It’s time to stop telling and start showing complementarians that the Bible doesn’t give us one perfect picture of biblical womanhood. This year’s Halloween costume just might feature a bloody tent peg.

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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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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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Mary of Bethany believed Jesus. She trusted him. She took him seriously. She saw and heard him. She refused to abandon him even when it meant entering into his trauma with him.

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