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In a few days Christians around the world will celebrate our great day of victory—Easter. If you love Easter, you are in very good company. The early Christians exalted Easter as their high holiday. The risen Lord marks the climax of history, the highest moment of God’s creation. This is seen most clearly in how the disciples viewed greeting the risen Jesus, not as "the last days" but as "the first days," of God's new creation—an observation noted by N.T. Wright's The Challenge of Easter. In what ways did the early Christians view Christ's victory over death as the first days of a new creation? Wright sees the parallels between the creation story in Genesis and the new creation made possible through Calvary. Just as God finished his... Read more
"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully" (Rom. 12:4-8 TNIV). How many of you had the joy of watching family and friends open gifts over Christmas? Did you eagerly wait for a loved one to open a gift you had selected, purchased and wrapped yourself? Did you feel... Read more
 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col. 4:2, TNIV). Have you ever noticed how easy it is to overlook the “thankful” part our celebration of Thanksgiving? Often the challenges of hosting a Thanksgiving meal can distract and deplete our energies. Perhaps you have a family tradition that cultivates a focus on gratitude for which this holiday was intended? In our family, we each take a moment during the Thanksgiving meal to go around the table and remember those gifts from God for which we are most grateful. By celebrating God’s faithfulness in our lives, we attempt to capture the purpose of the sumptuous meal with family and friends. As the extended CBE family, I thought you might enjoy hearing how God has worked in CBE.... Read more
This week Zondervan announced that it will phase out the Today’s New International Version (TNIV) of the Bible, which has been in print for only four years. The shortened lifespan of this Bible is a result of attacks launched by critics who believe the TNIV was driven by “political-correctness.” Yet, many of us believe the TNIV is biblically correct. Still, the debate over the TNIV was so divisive among evangelicals that its guardians decided that the best path forward is to revise the NIV, which will eventually eclipse and replace the TNIV. Many of the revisions noted in the TNIV, as well as an additional 1,200 revisions, will be incorporated into the update of the NIV, its first in twenty-four years, scheduled for completion by 2011. Sensitive to current English usag... Read more
I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten... You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame (Joel 2:25-27, NRSV). Friends, if you are feeling discouraged or as if God does not see your struggles, may I encourage you with some good news? Before my very eyes, God has indeed restored the crop eaten by the locust. Just this week, CBE launched our new website! May this happy news strengthen your faith in God’s capacity to redeem the lost harvest, working all things together for good. Here is... Read more
“…stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Cor. 15:58 (TNIV) When I first became president of CBE, a well-known evangelical wrote to encourage me as a trusted friend. He reminded me that though the commitment to oversee CBE might seem daunting, all God expects of me is my daily faithfulness. His words have been a source of comfort over the years, for when our daily faithfulness is met with God’s power in an issue whose time has come, amazing results follow. Here is one example. Just last week, I was invited to lead three workshops at the Cornerstone Fest, or so I thought. After arriving at the three-day, 20,000 person arts and theology fest, the inter... Read more
"Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" (Psalm 95:2 NRSV) What deed of God will you remember this Thanksgiving? If you could praise God for his most precious gifts to you this year, what would they be? I thought you would enjoy hearing how God worked at the recent Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) meeting inspiring praise and thanksgiving among CBE members and friends. For three days, evangelical scholars convened to read academic papers, browse an exhibit hall packed with excellent resources, and share meals and fellowship together. CBE joined in by hosting a book booth, a community meal, and by reading original research on topics related to biblical equality. Here are just a few examples of the way God wo... Read more
Do you realize that CBE’s statement on “Men, Women, and Biblical Equality” is the most frequently requested resource in all of CBE’s ministry? In fact, requests for this one-page document remain strong even after 20 years! Now translated into 25 different languages, CBE’s earliest manifesto continues to challenge individuals, churches, and organizations, becoming the most influential egalitarian document in the history of CBE. According to Dr. Roger Nicole, former president and founding member of the Evangelical Theological Society, because of the inadequate biblical premise upon which churches, organizations, and mission groups excluded the gifts of women, he joined six others in writing CBE’s statement on "Men, Women, and Biblical Equality.... Read more
Christians for Biblical Equality is now twenty years old. Has our persistent emphasis on the biblical teachings about the similar worth, abilities, and callings of men and women made any difference in the evangelical world? When we hear the frequent stories about discrimination against women and closed doors in churches, organizations, and some denominations, it is easy to be discouraged. But a careful look at changes and movements assures us that God is directing many people to examine long held traditions for their biblical basis. Look at some of the current developments: 1) Most Christian schools now employ women as well as men to teach Bible. Many of the best Christian colleges also have qualified women and men as administrators and department chairs. 2) There are also more wo... Read more
"I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit" (Lev. 26:4 TNIV). Is spring your favorite season? If you live in a cold climate any hint of warm weather, longer days, and the return of flowers and birds is cause for rejoicing! Regardless of where you live, spring is a season of encouragement. We are encouraged by Easter celebrations in spring, reminding us that in our Risen Lord, all things are made new. We are inspired by the accomplishments of graduates in the months of spring. And, many couples cheer us as they make vows of marriage, often in the spring. Spring is also the season when we honor our mothers—those who have sacrificed and devoted their lives to our nurture. At CBE, we begin to see the fru... Read more