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Published Date: May 22, 2015

Published Date: May 22, 2015

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The Scroll Links Up (May 22, 2015)

In the past week there has been a diversity of articles posted on the internet that somehow address biblical equality. Here are just a few of them.

“If my Daughter Wants to be a Priest” by Shawn Smucker (The High Calling)

“Maybe Lucy will be a priest someday, I thought to myself, and this was an entirely new thought. I was shocked that it hadn’t been something I had considered before. In no other church that we’ve ever attended have I or my daughters had an example of what that calling looks like for a woman. They could have grown older and had a stirring to lead God’s people, but without Reverend Lauren, without a living embodiment of what that looks like, would they have known what to do about it? Would they have even recognized it for what it was?”

“’Brothers, We are not all Brothers’ – Jen Wilkins” by Michael Bird (Euangellion)

In this short post, Michael Bird responds to a phrase used by Jen Wilkins in her recent blog post on The Gospel Coalition’s website, “Brothers, we are not all brothers”.

Michael writes:

“I have to say that it personally irks me when a Christian speaker addresses a mixed congregation and addresses them as ‘brothers.’ It makes the women there, even if they are a minority, appear invisible, irrelevant, and unwanted. If you don’t believe me, try asking them! So remember: ‘Brothers, we are not all brothers.’”

”Surprising Men of the Old Testament (Part One)” by Bronwen Speedie (God’s Design)

The Bible tells us that God loved Jacob, but I wonder how those who promote a “masculine Christianity” feel about him? Read about Jacob and other men in the Bible who don’t fit the stereotypical “manly” mold in this post.

“The Curse of Genesis 3: A Lament” by Gail Wallace (The Junia Project)

In this article Gail looks at the uneven, unjust, and inconsistent ways the consequences of the Fall, given in Genesis 3, have been interpreted and applied – ways which seriously disadvantage women.

“Gender is Irrelevant to Mentoring – a response to CBMW’s call for ‘Masculine Mentoring’” by Tim Fall (Tim’s Blog – Just One Train Wreck after Another)

Tim writes, “When I graduated law school my mentor at the firm I worked at was a woman. When I got on the bench and had been a judge for a while, I mentored a woman who joined the court. Gender qualifications were meaningless both times.”

“I Need to Hear from Women” by Sarah Christine Schwartz (Sarah Christine Schwartz)

“I need a diversity of voices, because where we lack diversity, we miss out on the gifts God intends diversity to bring us. We miss out on the fullness of who God is, and how he is moving and speaking in the lives of people who are different than we are. I need to be taught by women to be reminded that I have a place here, too.”

Audio of “The Consensus and Context of 1 Timothy 2:12” by Margaret Mowczko (CBE-Sydney)

Here is the audio for a 45 minute talk I presented at a CBE Sydney brunch earlier this year on the subject of 1 Timothy 2:12.

This Sunday is Pentecost. It was on this day almost two thousand years ago that Peter stated,

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your youths will see visions, your seniors will dream dreams.
Even on my male servants and on my female servants
I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:17-18

The Holy Spirit is the great energizer and the great equalizer.
Thank God for Pentecost!

What articles about biblical 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.