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Published Date: April 25, 2014

Published Date: April 25, 2014

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The Scroll Links Up 4/25/14

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

Enjoy these posts from around the web about biblical gender equality, and add your own in the comments below!

The Women of Easter, by Tyler Standley

What better way to reveal just how upside down and inside out the Kingdom of God is than to have a woman be his first apostle. To utterly reject the barriers of the world’s societies. To usher in God’s Kingdom through the “least of these.”

No doubt, responding to that early Jewish prayer, Paul declares the outrageously glorious truth that in Christ the walls of the Temple are torn down—there is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free, no “male and female.”

This is what the resurrection accomplishes. The veil is torn and all may enter in.

Embracing the Feminine Side of God, by Tony Campolo (Red Letter Christians)

The masculine side of God is something to be admired. But it is the feminine side that draws love out of me. It is this feminine side of God I find in Jesus that makes me want to sing duets with Him. When I think about the feminine in Him, I want to throw out my arms and be loved.

A Plea to Women for Forgiveness, by Michael John Cusick (Red Letter Christians)

The things I’ve done and the ways in which I’ve related to women are simply unacceptable. And yet, increasingly, through porn and the glorification of the sex industry, what was once unacceptable is quickly becoming a celebrated norm.

By asking forgiveness I don’t want to be let off the hook. And I’m certainly not asking any woman to “forgive and forget.” What I’m hoping is that by asking forgiveness, both women and men will begin to experience healing.

“I Can’t Change My Spots,” by Rebecca Worl (Commission on Biblical Gender Equality/Covenant Church)

“Ok, for lack of a better word, yes, your sermon was really one of the best sermons I have ever heard, and it challenged me in my faith – imagine that, after 80 years of walking with Jesus.”

I was very humbled and grateful for her generous words, but wanted to push further…
“Ah, thank you so much! It was my true honor to bring God’s Word today. I’m so thankful that the Spirit ministered to you. So you are not sure if women should preach, but you think that maybe, I’m an OK preacher though?” I pushed further.

This Week on The Scroll

Submissive, or Strong Rescue? by Mimi Haddad

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find even one woman in the whole of Scripture who did what was right but did not also exercise leadership alongside or over males? From God’s introduction of Eve in Genesis, we see that women were created to serve as rescuers and leaders.

Poem: Holy Week Women, by Hannah Rasmussen 

At Passover we celebrate
how God used Moses to deliver
Israel from slavery
how his staff kept them from drowning in the Red Sea
We forget
how when Pharaoh ordered a gendercide
the midwives
delivered this Hebrew baby
how his mother’s reeds kept him from drowning in the Nile
Who knew underwater basket-weaving was worthwhile?

Adjusting our Perspective, by Kayla White

After spending a ridiculous amount of time and money, will I still find myself wrestling with these same issues, and will there still be many churches/institutions who refuse to hire me based on my gender?  Probably.

Read any excellent articles or blog posts about gender equality this week? Share the title, author name, and URL 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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