Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Owen Strachan Responds to the FreeCWC's Petition

You can also view this press release at the Christian Newswire -- an agency that apparently reconsidered their position on the matter of the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition's press release and the subject of the subjugation of women.  

(Thanks to them for publishing this second item, though the fee for service should be thanks enough.)

SOUTH FLORIDA, April 22, 2014.

In March of 2014, the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) launched a petition through demanding an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) – an apology that the Council has deemed insignificant. The petition was adapted from a Letter of Demand issued by the FreeCWC in 2010 on behalf of those who have suffered as a consequence of CBMW's doctrines.

The CBMW organization based at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY defines men and women as adversaries and offers a gender hierarchy program as the panacea for most of society's ills. Despite reports of abuse resulting from their teachings, CBMW continues to deny the role they play in religiously motivated suffering, identifying a lack of female submission as a first, primary cause of domestic violence. Affiliates John PiperPaige Patterson and Bruce Ware also teach confusing ideas about how women should respond to domestic and spiritual abuse.

CBMW refused to acknowledge the receipt of the FreeCWC's 2010 Letter of Demand. However, on April 18, 2014, CBMW Executive Director Owen Strachan responded to the Petition on his Patheos Thoughtlife blog by saying that the organization has “canceled any apology tour.” Earlier this year, Strachan used his blog to reaffirm CBMW's belief that wives will serve their earthly husbands in the afterlife. The new Biblical Woman initiative at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has also been linked to the petition.

With 200+ signatures, Evangelical Christian men and women join with the FreeCWC to change derogatory attitudes and teachings against women. May the effort foster a spirit of Christian liberty and loving empathy for all.

The petition can be viewed and signed at:

The FreeCWC is a group of interdenominational Christian Evangelicals who support functional equality for Christian women – freedom in Christ for each woman to be everything that God calls her to be. Visit the Coalition at and their video channels at YouTubeGodTube and Vimeo.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Let's See if this FreeCWC Press Release Makes It!

Update:  We're live on the Christian Newswire:

Well, we've decided to try it again.  Let's see if this media release qualifies for publication with the Christian Newswire...  The Christian News Service seems to have also passed on the previous press release, too.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finding Our Harmony in the Chorus: How I Came to Support the FreeCWC Petition

Click HERE to read and sign the FreeCWC Petition

A week or two ago, I wrote to a group that advocates for gender equality in the Evangelical Church, asking them if they would consider supporting and signing the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition's petition at

 A representative of the group responded to me so graciously to decline, explaining their concern over what they described as the demanding tone of the petition. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Response to the Christian Newswire's Censorship of the FreeCWC

A comment at Spiritual Sounding Board regarding the Christian Newswire's decline to send out the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition's Petition.  

Here's a bit of the history.  You can also read a bit more about the Driscoll/Medford/Mercer issue at The Wartburg Watch.

Why Demand an Apology? CBMW's Actions Belie their own Disclaimer on Abuse

I was never really a fan of social media, but I'm developing an appreciation for Twitter. I've just fallen in love with some of the sarcasm and spoof Twitterlings. “Sergius Martin-Georg” at Steam Tunnel Pilot most recently caught my attention, but the first of them was “False Wayne Grudem.” I find their sharp wit and insight delightful, using humor to elucidate the true nature of so much rubbish that too many accept blindly as a faithful reflection of Christianity.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Does the Christian Newswire Support the Subjugation of Women? Agency Censors the Coalition

The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) and Jocelyn Andersen have used the Christian Newswire in times past to distribute press releases. The news service featured an announcement of the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention on July 2, 2010, noting the formation of the FreeCWC.

Perhaps that is why the Coalition was so shocked to learn this morning that the Christian news distribution service, a subsidiary of the Christian Communication Network, has decided to censure their press release concerning the petition to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). The FreeCWC decided to wait to submit a press release to celebrate the collection of 200 signatures, and was thus was made by co-founder Andersen on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:55 AM. Christian Newswire sent the notice of decline by email on the evening of April 6th.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Concerning the Trinity, Gender and Subordination: The Misuse of “Roles”

In a previous post examining the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood's Problematic Doctrine of God, I briefly mentioned how changes in language and perhaps language translation contributes to the understanding and use of the word “role” as opposed to “function,” “act.” or “operation.”

It is my hope that by pointing out the major issues that I have with CBMW's doctrines that readers here will be encouraged to join with the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition in signing the petition at, demanding an apology of the group because of the harm that their teachings have done to so many.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Is Negativity Biblical? Responding to the Biblical Women of SWBTS

Debunking the Myths of Christianity

Earlier this week, the Associated Baptist Press published an article noting what it suggests may be a response to the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition's petition demanding an apology from the Council on Bibilcal Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW).  

The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) FedExed the same content that the petition now details to CBMW in July of 2010 but received no response.  Perhaps this effort will yield different results.

Celebrating 200 Signatures!

Midway through Thursday, April 3rd, the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition's petition (FreeCWC) demanding an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) exceeded 200 signatures. 

Thanks to all who have signed the petition and those who have helped to spread the word. The original signatories of the letter of demand turned petition believe that it is a bold first step that will work justice for abused and disenfranchised Christian women, particularly those within Evangelical circles.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CBMW's Problematic Doctrine of Man (It's not just traditional patriarchy.)

9Apr14 Addendum:  Visit the Junia Project to read Bob Edwards' post on this topic as well.

A recent post examined the teachings of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) concerning the Doctrine of God and the ways in which it deviates from traditional, orthodox Protestant teachings. Complementarianism (a neologism for CBMW's version of patriarchy) builds upon them, and understanding them will be helpful when trying to grasp the true nature of the inherent problems with their teachings regarding man and woman. I don't intend to cover all of the beliefs in this post. I'd just like to highlight some of CBMW's teachings that I find most troubling.

Understanding CBMW Concerning the Old Testament and the Law

It is not true of all of those who participate with the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), but Reformed Baptists and Presbyterians have had a predominant influence and now control the organization. Though Paige and Dorothy Patterson are notable exceptions to this, I believe that understanding the guiding theology that propels complementarianism can help the reader understand why CBMW teaches certain ideas. We've already noted in a recent post how the Covenant of Redemption from Covenant Theology has profoundly influenced CBMW's concept of the Eternal Subordination of the Son.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Is the FreeCWC Petition Demanding an Apology from CBMW Too Egalitarian or Not Egalitarian Enough?

Last week, I approached a wide variety of people, asking them if they would sign the petition demanding an apology for the harm suffered by so many people directly because of the teachings of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) through complementarianism. Though I should have learned the skill by now, I continue to be surprised by the responses that I hear from different people.

(For more information, you can read my introductory post HERE, though the Associated Baptist Press also published a very well written overview earlier this week.)

The False Dichotomy of the Gender Agenda

     1.  Several egalitarian friends have said that they are reluctant or won't sign because they would prefer if the petition were expressly egalitarian. I take that to mean that the people who fall into this category wish that it were primarily a document that strongly defends women in ministry and governance roles.

     2.  Then, there are people who pass for soft complementarians who believe that the petition sounds just too egalitarian to promote. (I hope that many who said that they couldn't promote it went ahead and signed it, opting to keep their name and location from displaying on the website. Don't tell them that I said so.)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Petition CBMW for an Apology Along with Me, for the Sake of Liberty and Love

[Technical note: If you're having trouble signing the petition, please try a different browser. The software has some apparent issues, particularly with Firefox.]

The Freedom for Christian Women Coaltion (FreeCWC) recently decided to advance a public petition to demand an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) for the untold and inestimable harm that their teachings have caused so many. It was first penned by Shirley Taylor in 2010 when she was a young sixty-seven years of age, and little of it has been changed to adapt to the petition format. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

CBMW's Problematic Doctrine of God

Though I actively struggle more with the harm done to women in the name of complementarianism as was and is defined by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), the doctrines that concern the Godhead are far worse to me. 

 I was recently asked about why I signed a petition demanding an apology from CBMW for harm suffered by so many in many different ways as a consequence of their teachings. This is the first installment in a series that will examine the most significant problems that I find with their belief system and worldview. 

And their view is important to the whole Body of Christ, particularly to those who are associated with any kind of Christian Fundamentalism or Evangelicalism.

Friday, March 14, 2014

When our Spirits Learn to Skip: Spiritual Lessons Learned through Downs Syndrome

I love children and adults with Downs Syndrome.  They are pure, honest, and I think that I might actually envy their capacity for sheer joy.  I even wondered as I entered the third decade of my life if God was preparing me to birth a baby with Downs Syndrome because of my love for people who struggle with it.

The other day, a dear friend who was blessed with a lovely daughter with this genetic disorder in combination with some other health issues announced that her daughter had learned to skip.  I bubbled over with joy as I read how this wonderful little girl just started skipping everywhere all the time, mastering a skill that most everyone else takes for granted.  It set my mind racing about many different things.  I wish that I could be there to witness the extra joy of watching her experience the self satisfaction along with her zeal for life and love.  My heart just soared.