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Published Date: January 30, 2015

Published Date: January 30, 2015

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The Scroll Links Up (January 30, 2015)

Hello friends! I’m happy to share these blog posts from the likes of April Fiet, Khristi Adams, Rachel Held Evans, and Mimi Haddad that advocate for biblical gender equality, as well as some great posts that were published recently on The Scroll. Thanks for being here!

“‘Dear Women, You Are Making Me Stumble’” by April Fiet

“Letters of shame like the one posted annually on my college campus, like any other impassioned plea for women to cover up to “keep men from stumbling,” are a way of passing the buck. And, they keep us from having healthy conversations about body image and lust because they are rooted in misconceptions about sin and human physiology.”

“What Happens When Telling [Potential] Men that I’m a Pastor” by Khristi Adams

“This is not a complaint blog. I’m not complaining that being a woman in ministry is hard when it comes to dating. I’d just say that it’s interesting. I’ve had interesting experiences. Good and bad. But overall, it’s always weird having this calling and these titles and presenting myself to potentials. Because at the end of the day, I equally don’t want someone who will be intimidated by me as much as I don’t want to have to dumb my calling, my education or my titles down for the sake of becoming more approachable.”

“Marriage, Ministry, and “Troubling the Waters”: A Guest Post from Andy Kort” by Rachel Held Evans

“I’ve had my fair share of stupid comments about my beard or haircut or tie, but I can let those roll off after a few minutes of shaking my head. But when it happens to Mihee, something within me stirs to make sure that I am never that insensitive to another.  I’m not sure I’d be aware of these things, or give them much thought, if I was not married to a member of the clergy.”

“Praying with Macrina (330-379) against the Global Abuse of Women” by Mimi Haddad (Evangelicals for Social Action)

“As the world celebrates, as entertainment, the sexual oppression of women and men, give us supernatural rescue. Through our Savior Jesus protect humanity—body, mind and soul—from evil, from predators, from deception, and from those forces that debase the glory of your image in humanity, both female and male. Bring us a wise and holy rescue from that which distorts the beauty of sex within marriage, and the communion of souls in that most intimate union of one-flesh.”

Recently on the CBE Scroll

“A Partner, Not a Patriarch: 10 Types of Men to Marry” by Naomi and Tim Krueger

“Seems like every few days, the Christian blogosphere produces a new article on the 5, 7, or 10 people Christians should avoid marrying. Some lists are great, but others are patriarchal beyond the point of absurdity. So my husband, Tim, and I made our own list.”

The Other Slaves” by Kati Brandt 

“As Christians, and as humans, we have the ability to affect change with our choices. We know that God created humans in His image. So, no one is less important. No one is less loved. And yet it is easier to turn our eyes from the topic of labor trafficking because, the reality is, the next step we should take potentially messes up our lives a bit.”

“What I Learned From MLK About Church Leadership and Women in Ministry” by Dawn Gentry

“’Letter from Birmingham Jail’ is a powerful voice in the conversation for racial reconciliation, but it also speaks to our call for justice and equality in the dialogue about women in ministry. May we listen well.”

“Abolitionists” by Kati Brandt 

“The reality is though that this is not a problem that will go away if we pretend it isn’t happening. Problems generally don’t work like that. It’s hard to think that this happens to people just like us. It happens in the U.S. It could easily be me or you or your children that get kidnapped, or forced into slavery. And if that were the case, how would you react to the statement “I wish I didn’t know about this. I don’t want to think about it.” I stated this last week but, God calls us to love one another as we love ourselves. We have to stand up for each other because who else will?”

“To Sin by Silence” by Sarah Brooks

“At Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, students from various backgrounds met together in an attempt to shine a light on this horrific crime against humanity. We heard stories of men, women, and even children who were forced into sexual acts against their will, beaten, broken, and had all hope and love drained from their lives. Trafficking victims can be written off as prostitutes, immoral beings, and even less human than others because of what they have been forced into.  All of us are guilty of it— I know even I have looked down on girls selling their bodies on the streets, never giving a second thought about why they are where they are.”

What articles about biblical gender equality encouraged you this week? Share them with us in the comments!

*Note: Linking to these posts is not a CBE endorsement of previous or future written work or statements made by the authors. 

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