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

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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 [Read More...]

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

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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 [Read More...]

Felling the Veil

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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 [Read More...]

The Life and Near Death of Kelly Gissendaner

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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 [Read More...]

“The Hunting Ground” is terrifying. And real.

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A web cam catches the whole emotional scene. A series of high school girls with bright, rosy faces nervously open the official emails that hold their fate:  letters from their dream colleges telling them whether or not they got in. A life-long career of tireless academic excellence, leadership in extra-curriculars, sports and community service — no shortage of blood, sweat [Read More...]

What’s love got to do with it?

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. It evokes annoyance, angst, and sometimes the warm and fuzzies. It’s supposed to be about celebrating love, but the definitions of that vary wildly. For instance, the movie based on the ‘workplace BDSM’ (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission) book Fifty Shades of Grey opens this weekend in marketing tandem with the Hallmark holiday. An awkward, unconfident 21-year-old college senior [Read More...]

Kayla Mueller’s Vision of God

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Kayla Mueller, the American humanitarian captured while working in Syria by ISIS in 2013, was confirmed dead this morning in a statement issued by the White House. Kayla dedicated her life to helping vulnerable people around the world, and protesting the political and social oppression and dire circumstances of refugees and suffering peoples in places [Read More...]

What Seeing ‘Selma’ Says About You

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When I moved to New York City 11 years ago, I had to defend my origins. Upon learning I was from Birmingham, Alabama, coworkers, new acquaintances, bartenders would ask me what it was like growing up in a city infamous for its violent racism, for hoses and dogs and Bull Connor, for the bombing of [Read More...]

3 Lessons for America from Christian Bale’s Moses

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Earlier this week, I sat down with Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ridley Scott and a handful of religion journalists to talk about Sunday night’s New York premiere of Exodus: Gods and Kings. You might guess that a bunch of religion writers tried to school the artists on the religious veracity (or lack) of the movie, or criticize the [Read More...]

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...]


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