The Team

Liz and Trevor Sykes of Western Australia have been married 44 years. Parents of 4 grown sons, 3 now married, the Sykes’ have 8 grandchildren, 2 girls and 6 boys.  They love to have the family visit and stay over. Both Trevor and Liz made commitments to Christ in their pre-marriage life. They were in Christian ministry together for over 35 years and are now fully retired as Trevor draws on a war service pension. Nowadays they keep busy doing some writing and acting as administrators of the blogsite for CBE “The Scroll”

Don Johnson, happily married to Tammy shares,  “I was an agnostic before seeing the Light.  At first I believed that the Bible taught a family hierarchy and church elders could only be male, as that was what the Bible seemed to say and all the teachers I respected taught this.  I went to a Christian counselor who suggested that there was another way of understanding the gender verses and suggested that I study both sides.  I was totally convinced he was wrong, but agreed to study an egal book he recommended.

Reading that book was one of the most disorienting books I have ever read, as it was challenging my paradigm of interpreting Scripture.  To discover that to read Scripture as if all of it was written personally to me was NOT a good way was revelatory, rather we should try our best to figure out what it meant to the original readers.  I then saw how the hierarchy teaching harmed the body of Christ and repented.”

Kristen Rosser  is a 40-something Christian from the Pacific Northwest: paralegal, mother of two, wife of 24 years, with a BA in English from the University of Oregon Honors College.  She converted to Christianity at the age of 15.  She and her family now attend an Independent Christian Church.

Kristen shares, “When I first heard the message of egalitarian Christianity about three years ago, I was so excited!  It fit in so beautifully with the character of God as I understand Him, that I received it with joy and was startled and dismayed when others I shared it with didn’t show the same enthusiasm.   Now I use the skills I learned in my English classes on how to study a text for meaning, to dispell the misapprehension that egalitarians don’t honor the Scriptures for what they actually say.” Kristen blogs at Wordgazer’s Words.

Charis R. Hart (her pen name) lives in the northeastern United States with her Christian husband of 30 years (as of October 2012) and 4 of their 8 children who still live at home.  When she attended CIU Seminary in the mid 1980’s with her husband in preparation for foreign missionary service, women were not allowed to take homiletics (preaching).  But Charis  was allowed to take hermeneutics under Dr. Robertson McQuilkin and God used her education and her literalist/fundamentalist approach to Scripture to set her free.

Charis writes, “In most modern translations, Ephesians 5:24 conveys that wives are obligated to submit to their husband IN EVERYTHING, and  I attempted to live in obedience to that for 22 years of our marriage.  Once I really started digging deeply into God’s Word, I realized that some teaching which passes for ‘biblical’ is fatally flawed in a way which proves destructive and counterproductive, and serves only to undermine marriage, hurt people, and keep them captive.

We practiced a Quiver Full lifestyle and we have 8 children between the ages of 9-27  I wouldn’t mind if you would say a prayer for us to be the best we can be, for their sake.  Our marriage was not at all egalitarian and to be honest, my husband has not arrived here by choice.  He dug in his heels and fought my journey out of submissive wifery.  Lessons I learned in the journey are chronicled in my old blog:  A Wife’s Submission.

Margaret Mowczko is an Australian living just north of Sydney.  She is married to Peter and they have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a brand new grandson. Margaret spends a lot of time on her laptop, studying, writing for her website, and replying to people via the internet.  When she’s not on the computer Margaret is usually teaching religious education or piano, or she’s out in the garden getting her hands dirty.  Margaret has a theology degree and is currently studying for a MA in Early Christian and Jewish Studies.
Margaret writes articles and Bible studies at Newlife.

6 Responses to The Team

  1. Angela says:

    What is Paul saying in 1 Corinthians 11 2-16

  2. Charis says:

    “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman [is] man, and the head of Christ [is] God.” 1 Cor 11:3

    I Corinthians 11 provides a very good clarification that the meaning of the word “head” in this context is most likely “source” (see definitions of head- kephale in the Middle Liddell lexicon at Tufts Perseus.)

    Paul continues explaining and clarifying his earlier point:

    8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
    10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
    11Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
    12For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.1 Cor 11:8-12

    The man was the SOURCE of the woman (in Genesis 2) but for every other man since has come BY a woman (his mother). Therefore, neither man nor woman is independent of the other, nor superior to the other.

    Reading 1 Cor 11:3 using the SOURCE meaning of “head”.

    “But I want you to know that the head (source) of every man is Christ, the head (source) of woman [is] man, and the head (source) of Christ [is] God.”

    Also, notice in the latter that Paul’s wording is not ordered in a “chain of command” sequence (as one often hears people assume). Its not a totem pole arrangement with “God in charge of Christ, Christ in charge of man, man in charge of woman” . Instead, its a sandwich, with man and woman in the middle of Christ. I consider this another significant clue that this passage is not teaching about “authority and subordination”.

  3. Angela says:

    Not all women can have children. Yes children are a blessing but if a father or mother can’t take care of children the people are
    Sinning. If god didn’t want women to use birth control he would have. Birth control was around in bibical times.

  4. Angela says:

    I sorry if a appear rude. I didn’t mean to if
    I did.

  5. Charis says:

    Hi Angela,

    I’m not sure I understand your concern? While I did not use birth control myself due to personal convictions at the time, I have never advocated against it for others. Nowadays I see the question of BC as falling under our God given “dominion” of Genesis 1:26-28.

    The rest of the team can speak for themselves, but I know they have smaller families so I assume they did use some form of birth control.

    Blessings! Charis

  6. Charis says:

    PS. Angela, I may be misunderstanding you, but I would not call the decision to accept as many children as the Lord sends “sinning”. We were very poor and very busy and while there are deficits with the lifestyle, my adult children are thankful for learning responsiblity and for having tight bonds with many siblings.

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