Christians for Biblical Equality


On August 7 & 8, 2015  CBE ran their annual Conference.

Held Saturday May 2nd 2015

Our first event for 2015 was a breakfast where Tim Foster spoke about his new book "The Suburban Captivity of the Church".

The Suburban Captivity of the Church explores how the suburban church has aligned itself with the middle class, supporting a vision that focuses on the family, domesticates women and withdraws from the world. Those Australian sub-cultures that reject the suburban vision, also reject the evangelical church and its gospel. In reducing the gospel to becoming a ticket to heaven, evangelicals have developed a very under-realised view of the Christian life – so it's all about what happens after I die, it doesn't shape how I live now. The book seeks to recapture a gospel that offers a new way to be human, a new way to be community, and a new way to live. This gospel can be contextualised such that it captures, critiques and subverts the values and vision of a particular sub-culture, speaking powerfully into that context, and offering a transformed vision for life - a vision that is a very long way from that offered by many evangelical churches.

Our Annual meeting and workshop was held on May 25, 2013 at St Thomas' Burwood.

Audio of the main talk by Jim Reiher can be found here (11MB) and his PPT here.

Jim's Workshop audio can be found here (15MB) and his PPT here.

Rebecca Walkers notes for her workshop: New Testament Woman : Rebecca looked at how the sociocultural backgrounds of women in the New Testament shaped their roles in the early church. She argued that there is no such thing as an “ideal New Testament woman” intended as a model for 21st century women.

Kevin Giles paper on The Trinity and Women is here.

Matt Williams' paper on 1 Peter 2&3 is here

JIM REIHER was trained and worked as a school teacher. He then became a lecturer at Tabor Theological College, then for 5 years worked for Urban Neighbour of Hope as their training coordinator. He now works for Access ministries as a regional support manager supporting 60 school chaplains.

REBECCA WALKER serves with the Salvation Army producing a variety of resources to support the ministry and mission of 520 ministers across Australia. She has a Bachelor of Theology from Tabor College.

This seminar was held on  May 12, 2012:

The Audio from the Panel discussion can be found here. (8MB)

MP3 Recordings of most sessions at the 2010 International CBE Conference are now available on our Conference 2010 speakers page. These are lower quality audio files to reduce their size (most are now around 12-13MB). CD's of higher quality recordings can be ordered from Idea Ripple - click on this link.