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In Matthew 26, Jesus visits the home of Simon the Leper. While he’s there, a woman enters and anoints him with expensive perfume. His disciples are indignant. They object to her actions and claim that the money spent on the perfume could have been used to help the poor. As I read the story, I almost expect Jesus to agree with the woman’s accusers. But Jesus has a way of defying our expectations. Instead of condemning the woman, he criticizes the disciples for their inability to perceive either the woman’s intentions or the spiritual significance of her actions. He tells the disciples, “Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Matt. 26:13). As I’ve spent time reflect... Read more
The great church reformer, Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), wrote of Christians: "Christ has now no hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes with which Christ looks compassion on the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world." Join me in thanking God for the hands and feet of Christ, dismantling patriarchy as a biblical ideal in global communities. This year, we fanned an awareness of biblical gender equality around the world, beginning with CBE’s presence at the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Building on momentum from last year’s meeting, President Dan Wallace affirmed support for women and egalitarians at ETS during his presidential address. Growing in... Read more
"There were several women who had never heard that the Bible says they can be leaders. It brings me to tears every time... more women have been freed by the truth to join God's mission! Praise God!" We rejoice in this hopeful observation from a long-time CBE member, donor, and volunteer. Her words represent the heartfelt wish of the CBE community—to see women freed to join God's mission as empowered leaders. CBE labors toward that beautiful vision of biblical gender equality every single day. 30 years ago, CBE had no staff, no furniture, and no bank account. In fact, we didn't even have an office! Since that time, God has taken our resources and multiplied them beyond anything we could have imagined. Today, we have much to be thankful for... Read more
Have you ever been to a really great party? And have you ever found yourself, days later, replaying powerful conversations with friends and coworkers, thankful for the strong community they represent? That’s how the CBE team felt after laboring alongside colleagues in South Africa and Kenya for two weeks during the “Truth Be Told” conferences. Eight days of events made one thing clear: God intends to heal communities writhing under patriarchy and gender-based violence (GBV). I invite you to celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout our journey, beginning on our flight to Johannesburg.   We were seated near a young couple traveling with their first child—a beautiful newborn baby whose very presence enthralled both parents! Throughout our 16 hour f... Read more
On Tuesday, July 12, Alvera Mickelsen was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus. Our beloved leader, mentor, mother, and friend died at the age of ninety-seven. A founder of CBE, she was CBE’s first board chair in 1997, worked with grassroots CBE chapters, and served for years as a CBE board member. She authored accessible books that remain bestsellers not only in CBE’s community, but around the world. Alvera and her husband, Dr. Berkeley Mickelsen, a Bible scholar, were among the founders of Christians for Biblical Equality. They devoted much of their efforts to teaching, writing, and participating in public debates on biblical gender equality. A gifted teacher, writer, and editor, Alvera attributed her skills to her own mother who taught Bible at their Swedish Bapt... Read more
CBE's passion to see girls and women liberated led us to amazing global work in 2015! I invite you to walk with me through these memories, celebrating God's faithfulness to CBE's community, mission, and partnerships. After teaching "Women in Church History and Theology" at Fuller Theological Seminary in Houston in January, I received an invitation to join the Human Rights Defender Forum at the Carter Center. There, activists and religious leaders from around the world developed strategies to elevate the status of women and girls globally. We also closely examined the influence of faith leaders on women's equality.  Because of our shared commitment to a religious text, I joined an Islamic feminist forum in Egypt, where I presented a Christian w... Read more
CBE saw enormous growth in 2015. God moved at CBE’s 2015 conference in LA: “Becoming New: Man and Woman Together in Christ.” Speakers like Eugene Cho, John Stackhouse, and Mariam Youssef challenged us to rethink and revamp our commitment to living out justice and making shalom. We developed a revolutionary resource on biblical equality that is being used across the country in churches and universities. We also published a qualitative study on the experiences of women in the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author, Emily Zimbrick-Rogers, presented the results at the ETS annual meeting. We are immensely grateful for the prophetic truth-tellers, radical lovers, and hope-dwellers that form and build CBE’s community. You are our heart. Without your boots... Read more
I first met John R. Kohlenberger III, an eminent scholar and quite possibly the most talented individual I have ever known, at the annual Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) convention. Of course, John's name was already well-known to me, having completed my degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. John's books lined all three levels of the north and west walls of the seminary bookstore. I remember feeling rather proud of the fact that his wife was a CBE member. She and I shared several exciting conversations prior to when I met John for the first time at ETS. At ETS, I was accustomed to engaging with male members who seemed uncomfortable around women, so I was surprised when a young man walked up to CBE's exhibitor booth and asked if he could speak with me. He sa... Read more
Photos by Ken Fong Two weeks ago, I was at the CBE Annual Conference in Los Angeles. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was excited to be volunteering with the CBE staff and hearing from the many wonderful speakers. I really had no idea just how stellar this conference would be. It was amazing! Each day was filled to the brim with amazing workshops and inspiring plenary talks. I met some of the authors and scholars whose work has strengthened my commitment to mutuality in marriage and ministry. I met other likeminded men and women from around the world who are passionate about making an equal place at the table for both women and men. I’m not even sure how to summarize the conference, so I thought I’d share some of the notes and quotes I wrote down while I was t... Read more
The CBE Conference is almost here! And I get to attend for the first time! I’m so excited. Not only am I looking forward to being in California and spending time with my husband Tim (editor of Mutuality) at the conference, but I’m also really looking forward to connecting with other egalitarians. If you haven’t decided yet whether or not to come, it’s not too late! Here are five fabulous reasons for attending the CBE “Becoming New” Conference at the end of July, plus an awesome opportunity to win a free ticket at the end of the article.  1. Connect with other egalitarians. Being a Christian egalitarian can be lonely at times. The CBE Conference is a great opportunity to build your support network of like-minded believers. Make new friends... Read more