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This week on the Intersectionality thread, host Angela Ravin-Anderson speaks with womanist and theologian Dr. Irie Lynne Session.

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On the New Voices thread, hosts Blake and Erin speak with Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder about her book When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective.

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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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This week on the Intersectionality thread, Angela sits down with Old Testament scholar Rev. Dr. Renita Weems to talk about how Christians can widen the metaphorical table of Bible interpretation.

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The fifth annual CBE Writing Contest winners are here! You can meet each of them today. Their award-winning articles will be published in the coming months.

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By paying attention to the context and specific word usage of 1 Corinthians 14, it becomes clear that Paul was not asking anyone—tongues-speakers, prophets, or women—to be quiet permanently.

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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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When talking about marriage, Christians often focus on the New Testament. Rarely mentioned is the Old Testament couple Manoah and his wife, parents to Samson, who offer us a glimpse at God's design for marriage.  

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