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As CBE’s new conference coordinator, I am so excited to be planning our conference in Los Angeles.  This year’s theme of “Becoming New: Man and Woman Together in Christ” fits very well with the location of LA: fresh, creative ideas and perspective.  We are hoping to display this new energy through our advertisement (designed by our wonderful graphic designer), speakers (see their full names and bios on CBE’s website), and themes.  This conference is going to be a personification of 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!” (TNIV). This verse is perfect for the message we hope to explore on how becoming a new creation in Christ transforms our worldviews, rel... Read more
In May, I attended my first International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) conference. Serving the sexually exploited, Christians affiliated with ICAP are well-acquainted with evil. Their ministries are nothing short of a head-on encounter with brutal forces that prey on children, the poor, and the defenseless. Their work exhausts every imaginable human resource! For me, it was utterly amazing these leaders had the energy to travel to Green Lake, Wisconsin—ICAP’s U.S. host. Yet, it was the Holy Spirit that drew them together for renewal. Through prayer, worship, and shared learning, the power of Christ in Christianity community had its impact. Day by day, their appearance began to change—their backs straightened, the color returned to their cheeks, and their step... Read more
Mimi Haddad is the president of Christians for Biblical Equality. She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. Formed in 2006, the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) works to “unite, equip, and empower practitioners who compassionately challenge injustice and offer freedom to those being sexually exploited through prostitution including human trafficking.” This past May, ICAP held its fifth global conference—a five day event that welcomed 300 Christian workers from 55 countries. Aimed at building global networks for emotional, spiritual and physical renewal, what better to restore one’s... Read more
After ten years of prodigious leadership, Dr. William D. Spencer will retire as editor of Christians for Biblical Equality's academic journal, Priscilla Papers, in August, 2014. We dedicate this issue of Arise to our beloved editor, Bill Spencer, and the team that works beside him: Deb Beatty Mel, associate editor, and Aída Besançon Spencer, book review editor. CBE honored Bill's achievements following his plenary session in Colombia entitled, "Is God More Like a Totem Pole or a Sphere?" presenting him with a hard-bound compilation of each Priscilla Papers journal he has edited over the past ten years. In presenting Dr. Spencer with this gift, I celebrated Bill's significant editorial achievements, in the following words: Under Bill's leadership... Read more
Happy Friday! Another great week of posts speaking out against patriarchy and lifting up the biblical ideal of mutuality in marriage and leadership. Be encouraged, dear friends. Apostles, Deacons, and the Women of Romans 16, by Nicholas Quient One can only imagine the honor of hearing the stories of one of the most outstanding women God has given to the world, and what a debt we owe to her. Christian history, it seems, is built off the deeds of such women. 10 Ways Male Privilege Shows Up in the Church, by Gail Wallace (The Junia Project) I think many Christians are becoming more aware of racial and class privilege, but I don’t see the same level of awareness about male privilege in Christian circles. A Legacy for Women, by  Michelle Mosier Would... Read more
So many of us long for authentic community—a place to nurture Christian faith, intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Amid the complexities of life and our disappointments with self, others, and the church, we often venture to events, longing for God's healing touch in Scripture, community, prayer, and worship. For those wearied by their journey, CBE's conference in Colombia was indeed a place of renewal, not only through the loving and wise Christian community that welcomed us but also through the people and place of Medellín, a city filled with warm smiles and flowering trees. Nestled in a valley of perpetual spring, the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia (FUSBC) enjoys an urban setting surrounded by majestic peaks. B... Read more
What an amazing week. Because of a week-long synchroblog called Faith Feminisms, the Christian blogosphere has exploded with posts about biblical gender equality. Can faith and feminism coexist? The resounding answer: YES! Not only coexist, but feminism comes out of our faith in a Lord who breaks down the walls that divide us and limit us along gender lines. There is no hierarchy in the kingdom of God. I'll highlight some posts here, but if you want to immerse yourself in the bounty of these writings, please go to FaithFeminisms.com to check out the entire list. Here are a few of our favorites: RECORDING: Faith Without Feminism, by Emily Rice (Thirty Seconds or Less) I need feminism in my faith to challenge those lies and to remind me that all are made in the... Read more
We came across these fantastic blog posts advocating for biblical gender equality. What an encouragement. I hope you will be encouraged, too. Changing My Mind on Women in Ministry, Part 2, by Mark Moore (Missio Alliance) I know that many of you are in the same place I was. You are worried that if you change your mind on a doctrine, like the role of women in ministry, it will mean that you have sold out and become a liberal. Fine. Don’t change your mind. Nobody is forcing you to do so, especially not Jesus. However, I do believe that Jesus is asking the church, his bride, to love one another and to be open to listening to one another. 1 Corinthians 14 & Women's Silence in the Church, by Mark Kubo (The Junia Project) Paul affirms the right of women... Read more
There are so many great posts around the web proclaiming biblical equality. Here are some we noticed: 5 Ways Married Men Can Act Like Adults Around Women (Single or Not), by Luke Harms (Living the Tension) It is possible to maintain eye contact without being skeezy. If you lack the self-control to do so, it’s because you sir, are a creeper. But what’s more, you have so devalued women in your own mind that they don’t exist outside of the parts of their body that you find attractive. The Many Female Followers of Jesus, by Marg Mowczko (The Junia Project) Many women were dedicated followers of Jesus during his ministry on earth.  Many of these women seem to have been independent of fathers and husbands, and some were independently wealthy.... Read more
Last month in the Dominican Republic, my wife Aίda's birth country, we were surprised to learn that Helados Bon (literally, "Good Ice Cream"), the nation's most popular ice cream shops, had been purchased by Colombian investors. Colombian presence is felt everywhere in the Dominican Republic, because they are an adventuresome people from a country which is itself very diverse in culture. Colombia lies directly across the Caribbean Sea from the Dominican Republic, and since ancient times the countries have been connected. Colombia itself is the fourth largest nation in South America. Its Pacific coastal region soon climbs into the Andes mountains, which comprises two-fifths of the country, and this is where nearly all of its population lives. Beyond these mountains are the... Read more