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Workshop Highlight: "Male, Female, Slave, and Free in the Context of a Pandemic: In the Thought of Katharine Bushnell"

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 12:15

I teach at a Christian university in Chicago, Illinois, called North Park University. My students are the face of Chicago—many of them, mostly women, are second-generation kids of immigrants from Central and South America, India, Pakistan, China, Korea, Bosnia—really from all over the world. I try to find role models for them. Katharine Bushnell is among my favorites.

Speakers Highlight: Beth Birmingham and Eeva Sallinen Simard

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 12:10

To start, could you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Eeva Sallinen Simard: I’m currently a project director with World Relief. My project works in international development in maternal and child health, and Covid in six countries. I’ve been in the nonprofit sector my whole career—whether in university, church, or nonprofit settings. Faith-based nonprofits, mainly. I’m originally from Finland. I immigrated to the US about twenty years ago. I’m a mom to two teenagers.

Resolving Five Complementarian Protests to Priscilla the Pastor-Teacher

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 11:58

In my upcoming lecture, “Why Pastor Priscilla Ends Christian Patriarchy,” at CBE's 2022 International Conference, I will present a new line of biblical argumentation to support what I deem to be the near-certain conclusion that Priscilla was not only a doctrinal teacher, but also—and somehow most egalitarian literature has missed this—a pastor/elder.

What Does Galatians 3:28 Actually Teach?

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 11:40

A while back, a complementarian and I had an exchange on how to best interpret Galatians 3:28.1 Whereas egalitarians often cite Galatians 3:28 as support for mutuality between women and men, my complementarian colleague found no evidence for social or economic equality in this text. In fact, he believes egalitarian notions obscure the deeper meaning of Galatians 3:28. Since Paul does not cite the Greek term for equality or equity (isotēs) in this text, he insists that Paul is teaching oneness in Christ, not race, gender, or socio-economic equality.

Christ’s Permission Above All Else

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 11:36

My husband and I have been looking for a new church since we got married a few months ago. We decided to leave the complementarian church where I had been a member since before we met. We wanted to find a church closer to our home that also wholly affirms women. It hasn’t been a clean or easy break—the old church feels like home, and I still return once in a while to play bass for the worship team. We celebrated Easter and Mother’s Day at my parents’ complementarian church.

Spotting Biblical Gemstones in Paul’s Ministry

Submitted by Sarabeth Ng on Tue, 05/31/2022 - 16:19

Editor’s note: This is a CBE 2021 Writing Contest Honorable Mention. Enjoy!

“You can’t be what you can’t see.”

While generally true, this aphorism did not hold true for me. Growing up I didn’t see any women pastors. Even though I heard the odd missionary who was a woman share her story, I never heard a woman deliver a sermon. And yet, by the grace of God, when I heard a still, small voice calling me to vocational ministry when I was about fourteen years old, I did not feel it unnatural or strange. “Here am I, Lord, send me,” is all I could think to respond.

Loss of the Assumptive World: Identifying Gaslighting in Evangelical Organizations

Submitted by Sarabeth Ng on Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:32

Editor’s note: This is a CBE 2021 Writing Contest Top 15 winner!

“There’s just something about your voice...”

With these words, my dean suggested that if I changed my voice, my students might like me better. As an accomplished speaker and instructor of public speaking, with my doctorate in communication, I knew my voice was not the problem, nor would changing my voice resolve his perception of me. Something deeper was at work, but what?