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Hardly a day goes by in which the news neglects to mention the turmoil of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Advocating biblical equality at a time like this might sound to outsiders like an exercise in futility. However, contrary to many stereotypes held by Westerners, this part of the world is most assuredly not hopeless. Here in Lebanon and throughout the region, women face challenges, just like women around the world, but this is no reason for Westerners to adopt an attitude of superiority.  Read more
The people are immensely likable—cheerful, extrovert[ed], quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Read more
This year, my wife, Christine, and I celebrate four years since we discovered biblical equality. God used this simple discovery to teach us a radically different understanding about his will concerning the relationship between women and men. It has changed our lives and it is already confronting the patriarchy of the culture and church in Kenya. Read more
Nunca olvidaré ese día en noviembre, de 1999. Me desempeñaba como Pastor Asociado de una iglesia urbana marginal al sur de Lima, Perú y decidimos con mi esposa, Loida, visitar a una de los miembros más fieles de nuestra congregación, la entrañable hermana “Julieta”, (nombre ficticio). Ella había sido la más fervorosa diaconisa, que desde su infancia había servido constantemente en la obra del Señor. Ya entrada en años nos seguía deleitando con sus cánticos e himnos espirituales a través de su prodigiosa y melodiosa voz. Cuando “Julieta” cantaba, parecía que un coro de ángeles había descendido del mismísimo trono celestial. ¡Cuán atónitos y embelesados quedábamos quienes teníamos el privilegio de escucharla! Read more
I will never forget that day in November 1999. I was serving as associate pastor in a church in the urban slum area of Lima, Peru. My wife, Loida, and I decided to visit Juliet (not her real name), one of the most faithful and endearing women from our congregation. She had been active in the church since childhood and had most recently served fervently as a deaconess. As she aged, she still delighted us with her voice. When she sang, it was as though a choir of angels had descended from heaven. Those of us who had the privilege of hearing her were always spellbound and captivated by the beauty of her singing.  Read more
Esther Mombo
Some areas of sexual violence have been perpetuated by cultural practices like wife inheritance (a male relative inheriting his kinsman’s wife after he dies). While on the surface the church seemed to challenge cultural practices, this has not been the case with practices that have been sexual and which largely affect women. Wife inheritance and gender prejudice is a major contributing factor to the spread of HIV and AIDS. This session will seek to analyze reasons why the church has largely remained silent about the need for change and how biblical teaching against wife inheritance is needed. We will explore how the church can engage biblically with the issues of wife inheritance in general, and particularly, those that emanate from cultural heritage and deny the teaching of biblical equality. Read more
Abraham George
As a change agent in the community, the body of Christ must come to an understanding of the biblical concept of the image of God. An understanding of humanity as the bearer of that image—regardless of any classification society or culture might impose—is intrinsic to the church’s engagement in seeking justice. Read more
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is intended for a broad readership with the aim of uniting those who might otherwise be divided because of their religious and political convictions. The authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism on an earlier project.  Read more
Cynthia Davis Lathrop
In this, her fourth book, Half the Church, James writes with passion and intensity to encourage women to fulfill God's call on their lives. She says that women make up at least half the church; in fact, she says that women make up 80 percent of the church in China and about 90 percent in Japan (27). James encourages women to be an active force in the world by stepping out and using the gifts and abilities that God has given them.  Read more
Male and female are created in the image of God. As such, they are called to image, reflect, and embody the character of God. In the prophetic literature, we discover a God who desires, above all, justice within human relationships. Justice is present when men and women, wives and husbands, structure their relationships in home, church, and society in keeping with the divine intention for mutuality in the male-female relationship. Read more

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