On behalf of the CBMW board, council, and staff, welcome to our website!
We are so glad you’ve stopped by. We think you’ll find here a rich array of resources that all begin with one grand ambition: to love the Lord and, in doing so, to cling to the wisdom that springs from his gospel. The focus of CBMW is just that: to help Christians and churches to discover God’s good plan for men, women, families, congregations, and publicly minded believers.
There is an exciting story at the heart of Scripture, and gender is prominently featured throughout it: the sexes go awry in the fall (Gen. 3:1-7), receive different sentences in the curse (Gen. 3:16-19), struggle in biblical history to live up to God’s call, and experience redemption and power for fully realized manhood and womanhood through the cross of Christ (Gal. 3:27, Eph. 5:21-33, 1 Tim. 2-3, Titus 1-2). It’s crucial to know the contours of this story in order to experience the redemptive power of Christ as a man or woman.
CBMW benefits from a four-decade organizational history. The brainchild of theologian Wayne Grudem and pastor John Piper, CBMW began in the late 1980s as a response to challenges to Scripture, in particular the idea that husbands are God-appointed “head” of their wives. Our theological core is the Danvers statement, a succinct summation of biblical teaching that promotes “complementarianism,” the scripturally derived view that the sexes are complementary—equal in dignity and worth, each the image of God, and called to fill distinct roles in the home and church. Millennia of human history witnesses to the sensible state of these convictions, but when sin causes people to rebel against God’s Word (and secondarily his natural design), we’re here to defend the wisdom of the biblical worldview and to promote its goodness.
Complementarianism does not mean that men and women do not share many responsibilities and callings as Christians. There is significant unity of purpose and function in the family of God. But we also see from numerous biblical and theological realities that distinction does not equal inequality—as the cardinal doctrine of evangelical faith, the doctrine of the Trinity, shows us.
If we are grateful for our past, we are excited about the future. Our new website features four new channels: Men’s, Women’s, Public Square, and Book Reviews. We intend for each of these channels to serve the large and growing complementarian constituency. On these channels, which are the heart of our website, you’ll find accessible content driven by a love for God’s Word and a desire to winsomely and courageously apply it to all of life. The sufficiency of Scripture undergirds everything we do. We’re culturally engaged, and our eyes and ears are open, but we aim to lay hold of the incredible reality that we have all we need for life and godliness in Holy Scripture (2 Peter 1:3).
Alongside these exciting new initiatives is our widely-trusted journal, the Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. JBMW has produced hundreds of scholarly articles and reviews that have sparked many epiphanies and led many people to the good paths of obedience. We hope you’ll make use of JBMW.
There’s much more to explore here at CBMW.org, and make sure you join the ongoing conversation on Twitter and Facebook. We’re excited to partner with you in ministry, and we’d love to do so in tangible ways. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you and your church. We’re not here for our own sake, after all. We’re a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the church, promoting the gospel, and advancing the kingdom.
Thank you for visiting CBMW—and welcome to the new site!