Thank you, Michael Cohen.

Michael Cohen's automatic response in defense of Trump -- “And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse” -- is actually a gift to society. It reminds us that the rape culture -- a world in which rape is overlooked, joked about, disbelieved, minimized, and even accepted as normal or inevitable -- is alive and well. That disturbing assumptions about a man's right to a woman's body still lurk on the tips of the tongues of not just those we consider criminally ig … [Read More...]

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2015 Women’s World Cup: If heroes don’t get paid equally, who will?

Yesterday's dominating FIFA Women's World Cup victory by the U.S. Women's National Team over Japan (5-2) set a television record: It was the most-watched soccer match ever in the U.S. on a single network.Between 21.0 million and 23.5 million viewers tuned in; the 15.2 rating is comparable to Game 7 of the World Series. It beat every game in the most recent record-setting NBA Finals on ABC, with the exception of the deciding Game 6 that pulled a 15.9 rating.CNN's Michael Berman said his … [Read More...]

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Interview with Rachelle Mee-Chapman

Rachelle Mee-Chapman is a former evangelical minister who now offers coaching and community to women who are are a little bit relig-ish. What does that mean, how did she get there, and what might her upcoming project mean to you? Read along and find out in this online interview.You were an evangelical pastor. For folks who don't know you, tell us about your journey and where you are now! I spent a lifetime in the evangelical branch of the church, and many years working to become a pastor … [Read More...]

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White Male Terrorism: Where is the ‘War’?

Nine people are dead after 21-year-old suspect Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel AME Church -- an historic African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina -- and sat for an hour before opening fire on gathered churchgoers.The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a hate crime investigation, since surviving witnesses relayed that the gunman said he wanted to kill black people, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced. ABC News quoted Charleston Mayor Joe Riley: "The only reason someone … [Read More...]


Burying the Dead, Resurrecting Our Lives

Here's another excerpt from Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl's Guide to the Good News.This is from the chapter titled "'In the Beginning' Gets a New Ending", which breaks down biblical literalism, describes how the New Testament was canonized, brings forward buried texts, and explores the history and purpose of mythos and logos. Burying the Dead, Resurrecting Our LivesIn light of this, I thought back to the Christian devotional books for women I read as a teenager. … [Read More...]

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The Truth About Ruth: Huckabee Trips on Theology and Equal Pay

Gov. Mike Huckabee flew to New York City Wednesday after announcing his GOP presidential bid in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. He answered questions from a pool of voters on The Kelly File, and mine was:"You recently said you 'speak Jesus'. As a Christian minister myself, I wonder which female character in the Bible best helps you to understand the struggles of women and why equal pay is so critical to the social and economic stability of families?"Huckabee, without hesitation, … [Read More...]

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Christian Disdain for Women Now Solution to War on Terror? Jesus Says No.

Yesterday, a FOX News host on the show Outnumbered (Out#) contributed to a discussion about how to stop terror recruitment among vulnerable immigrant communities in the United States by incoherently suggesting our government employ a "more robust, manly, not feminized, version of Christianity."I wholeheartedly condemn this kind of sexist, dangerous, anti-Christian language about my faith.Rachel Campos-Duffy says we have an assimilation problem, and laments the times of old when her … [Read More...]


A Woman’s Witness: Why Jesus Gave Easter to Mary, to Me, and to You

As part of Patheos' Easter coverage, some of us are pondering what that morning would have been like for the witnesses of the Resurrection. This is my contribution. For more 'accounts' and other resources for Holy Week, visit the Patheos Engaging Easter page here.It was dark as ink and chillingly quiet as Mary Magdalene felt her way to the tomb that early morning. She was desperately looking for something that would answer her questions. Finding and treating the body of Jesus was important fo … [Read More...]

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Felling the Veil

Over the next several weeks, I'll be posting excerpts from my upcoming book Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl's Guide to the Good News.Femmevangelical uses stories, devotionals, meditations, theological study, church history, brain science, cultural exploration and much more to reveal the different evangel that religion left behind:  a gospel of Jesus and vision of the coming realm of God that feminists of faith can follow and work together to bring into reality for the good of women and … [Read More...]

The Life and Near Death of Kelly Gissendaner

No doubt Kelly Gissendaner had prepared her soul for her execution by lethal injection scheduled for 7 PM Monday night in Jackson, Georgia. After all, she graduated from a theological studies program while in prison, and served as a chaplain and spiritual advisor of sorts for other prisoners, to great effect. But she was also sentenced to death in 1998 for her role in planning the vicious murder of her husband.Late Monday night, just before her sentence was carried out, her execution was … [Read More...]