Gods and Kings Leave Ladies in Waiting

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I put on my 3-D glasses as Ridley Scott appeared on the screen. In his dapper accent, he thanked his audience of film critics at the 42nd Street AMC, and explained that we would be seeing unlocked footage of a few scenes from his unfinished film Exodus: Gods and Kings, which releases in December. He said the [Read More...]

A Love Beyond

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Iranian Musician Anis Oveis Risks Everything for Music —————— Outside in the night air, a security guard keeps watch for authorities. Inside, a beautiful young woman fidgets with her scarf, making sure her hair is completely covered. The band Mavara, for which she plays keyboard, takes the stage, but at the first sign of trouble [Read More...]

“12 Years a Slave,” An Eternity for Women

Cover of Northup's memoir from Amazon.com

“Sin. There is no sin. A man does what he wishes with his property.” The whip hisses and pops, tearing open the flesh of a slight-framed, barely pubescent slave girl. Stripped naked and hog-tied to the whipping post, terror and resignation cohabit her face. Patsey once sat humming naively in the fields, fashioning dolls from [Read More...]

Chix 6: A Broadway-Bound Game-Changer for the Girls

Raising healthy girls and successful young women means not just instilling strong faith, but giving them faith in themselves.  —– Musicals have a tradition of being, at heart, love stories. A show’s energy is generated not only by rousing music, but by the audience anxiously rooting for the damsel to escape the clutches of the [Read More...]

Seeking the Stolen Savior

Reza Aslan's new book makes us think about where truth lies.

Can a Muslim man help young Christian women find Jesus? Like so many of us, acclaimed author Reza Aslan had that unforgettable, life-changing moment: a come to Jesus moment. At the age of 15, the Iranian-born Aslan, whose family fled the revolution and left religion behind, found Jesus in the blue skies of 1980s Northern [Read More...]

Can Christians handle perfect love?

Can I love from a posture of fear? Can I accept love from this place?

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18 Where do you find fear in your thinking and actions? Those are the places we must set our sights to discover and where [Read More...]

Who’s the Man?

Who's our daddy?

What happens when a few good men decide manhood needs an overhaul?  Last month I mentioned the enlightening and sometimes shocking discussion that unfolded during the all-male panel moderated by Eve Ensler [a sold-out event at the Paley Center for Media] called “Breaking the Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action.” (You can see the [Read More...]

A Mother’s Day Prayer to Our Mother God

Mother God, Today we honor the mothers of the world and we honor our Mother God. We honor the deep strength, the sheer grace, the unending love, the watchful eye of the fierce, unwavering protector. We honor the lioness, the stalwart vigil kept, the spirit fire lit, the tears bravely spilt, the strategic sacrifice, the [Read More...]

Your Very Cells Call the Divine into Ending Our Rape Culture

Audrie Pott

After my last post about the Patheos theme of “Defining Moments” Mike Helbert left the comment, “It’s been awhile!” (Thanks for your note Mike!) It’s been awhile because I’ve been speechlessly saddened over the past several weeks as I listened to news story after story about young women committing suicide after being raped, often not [Read More...]

Call Me Crazy: Daring to Discern God in My Odd Defining Moments

Wild ride.

My three most significant defining moments over the past decade have had one thing in common: they involved the decision to listen to some “crazy” people and ignore some “smart” ones. Learning to discern whose wacky wisdom to take to heart and whose sober advice to set aside has been a precarious curve, but the [Read More...]


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