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Ellen Richard Vosburg
As we begin Women’s History Month this year, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that 90 percent of the books most men read are written by male authors. Women’s reading habits show much more gender parity; women tend to read books written by men at a 54 percent rate and books by female authors at a rate of 46 percent. When novelist Lauren Groff was interviewed by the New York Times in 2018 in their “By the Book” column, she only named female authors among the latest and favorite books she had read, and this was notable. She made this pointed statement about male writers and their influences specifically:    When male writers list books they love or have been influenced by—as in t... Read more
For the past two weeks, allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian have appeared on blogs and in news reports. These circumstances require a response from CBE, given Dr. Bilezikian was an early egalitarian thought leader not only in CBE’s circle of influence, but he was also a prominent theologian at Wheaton College and a lead teacher at Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC). If you’ve been involved in the early egalitarian movement, then you probably know that his work emerged early on and gave significant momentum to CBE’s mission. Because of this, we believe it is necessary to provide some history on his relationship with CBE, past and present. During my seminary studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS), I was privileged to meet... Read more
As 2019 winds down, the staff at CBE International have been thinking back over the books that we’ve enjoyed and learned from this year, and we wanted to share those with you. This list comprises some CBE staff favorites and some picks from our bookstore that we wanted to highlight. All these books exemplify and elaborate on our convictions that women and men together ought to be free to exercise their God-given gifts to serve God and others. Add these books to your 2020 reading list, and you’ll be off to an empowered and inspired year! Staff Favorites Mimi Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts by Lucy Peppiatt I admit my endless admiration for the work of Lucy Peppiatt, a New Testament scholar and principal (“Brit spe... Read more
While reflecting on God’s faithfulness throughout 2019, I remembered a recent conversation with Alexia Salvatierra at the Evangelical Theological Society. An internationally recognized community organizer and seminary professor, Alexia remembered Archbishop Desmond Tutu saying once, “We are resurrection people!” Yes, God’s resurrection power is not only our hope, but the power and lift in all of our work at CBE International. God’s risen presence led CBE’s community throughout this year and awakened new empathy and resolve in us to balance power between men and women. I hope the stories I share inspire your faith as they have mine. I enjoy connecting with CBE’s community wherever I travel. While CBE’s community is dive... Read more
"The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God" (John 1: 9-13, NRSV). As you celebrate the birth of Christ this week, I hope this passage in John inspires you. In just a few short lines, John declares God's gift to us in Christ. Though Christ was the creator of the universe and one who gives us the power to become children of God, the circumstances of his birth and life were exceedingly humble. How many ru... Read more