What’s Your Story?

Hipster Lola

First of all, I am sorry. I've been gone for, oh, five months? In my defense, this happened:Yes, my dear, sweet, brain-eating zombie baby was born in April, and thus I have an excuse for everything. Or not. Whatever.But, right, yes, I came here to say something, didn't I?I jumped ship from the S.S. Christianity a while ago. This is not a secret.Yet, no one seems to know how to make sense of this. I've heard everything from "So you're an atheist?" to "Well, you'll come … [Read more...]

Not So Pinterest Perfect

I am a mess.I'll take "This is not news" for 500, Alex.But for real, though, my life is absolute chaos.I run between being a full-time seminary student, a part-time web designer, a writer, a wife, a mom-to-be, and what feels like eight million other things during every moment of my life. And I have a feeling this isn't exceptional--most of you probably feel the same way.And yet, for some inconceivable notion, I have a Pinterest account.Why? WHY?!? Why do SO MANY of us think t … [Read more...]

Miss Jane

Hello, friends.I'm going to level with you: My thesis is due in less than a month and I am nowhere near done. As I tried to come up with something of substance to write about this month, I found myself completely at a loss. After several failed attempts at something more easily identifiable as an actual blog post, I've decided that, this week, story counts as a post, and so I've written the following snippet of fiction. Bonus, this also fulfills an assignment for one of my classes. So, I'm s … [Read more...]

Dear Theology Professors

Dear theology professors,I have a request. Though it may seem short on words (and definitely short on tact), it is quite complicated. However, I trust you are up to the task.Please stop making your classes so boring.(What? How can I possibly say this? I'm a theology student, after all, isn't the topic innately interesting to me?)No. It isn't. I love theology and all its related fields. I enjoy studying it, interpreting it, and creating my own highly irreverent and usually wrong … [Read more...]

Sacred, Pregnant Waiting

Advent. This time of year has always been somewhat sacred to me.Despite the fact that I live in Minnesota, and I hate winter.Despite the fact that Christmas in the United States is pretty much just a celebration of consumerism.Despite the fact that I haven't identified with Christianity for quite some time.I think it's the mystery of it all. The unknown, the waiting for something that hasn't yet happened but is so palpable you can nearly taste it. This year, it is especially … [Read more...]

The Unholy Divine

holy  adjective\ˈhō-lē\: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness  I don't feel that I'm going too far outside the realm of reasonable generalizations in saying that most people of faith probably associate their respective conceptions of the Divine with a word similar to the one defined above. At least, in my experience, having attended a Christian college and two seminaries, plus a significant number of houses of worship and faith communities, this wor … [Read more...]

Fatal Distraction.

This past week, this post has been circulating around the more evangelical corners of the interwebs.While I understand the desire to focus on holy week (trust me, liturgical seasons are big in the Anderson household), I think it’s complete BS. For those of you who didn’t read the post, it essentially says that the “paint the internet red” campaign by HRC is Satan’s way of distracting us from holy week.Seriously? That is some of the most transparent BS I’ve seen ever since the “women’s … [Read more...]

#progGOD Challenge: Beautiful Terrible Reckless Love.

It is once again time for a #progGOD challenge. Tony Jones called all us emergent-y types to write on the meaning and, potentially, necessity for the crucifixion. Here's what I had to say: "Because this great love can move us to do wonderful and amazing things, but it can also make us furious, jealous, or even vengeful when we can’t seem to look past our own selfishness and let love abide. It is especially threatening to those of us with great privilege, as this love requires us to let go of the … [Read more...]

God of the Open Door.

January is always a hard month for me.I'm not sure why. It just always has been. There's a number of different factors that play in to it, but none of them are enough on their own for me to actually despise the month. Yet, I do.One day a couple weeks ago, though, instead of being angry for an entire month, I decided to try something different. I decided to pray. For hope, specifically. That's all I wanted, all I needed to get me through the month. Hope.The day after I did this, my … [Read more...]

A Brief Introduction

Hello readers,My name is Denika Anderson, and I'm a recent addition to the EV blog. In the interests of making my often-jumbled thoughts comprehensible and my origins clear, I've decided to briefly locate myself, theologically and otherwise.I am female. I am twenty years of age. I am of European descent and am a citizen of the United States. I am straight and married. (Additionally: to an amazing man.) I am theologically progressive. I vote Green. I come out of the Lutheran … [Read more...]


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