How I Stopped Hating Technology and Learned to Love Gaming with My Children


When I was a little girl, we used to play games on our family computer. My grandfather worked with computers, and he always gave us his old computer when he got an upgrade. Back then, they ran DOS. We played Onesimus, and Ancient Land of Ys, and Lemmings, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. We were allowed a specific amount of computer time each day, and my siblings and I had to take turns. Mom would set the timer, and the rest of us would crowd around and watch as we each played in turn. … [Read more...]

Why the “God Is a Father and Must Punish His Children” Defense of Hell Makes No Sense to Me


It occurs to me that the Christian idea of hell is tied up in ideas about parenting and punishment that are becoming less widespread. I recently told a relative that I don't believe hell exists and was met with complete consternation. But the reality is that I simply cannot make the very concept of hell make sense, even if I try. I mean don't get me wrong, I remember what I used to believe as an evangelical and why. But today, my approach to parenting makes hell---and the evangelical perception … [Read more...]

Puncturing Declension Narratives


Last week Homeschoolers Anonymous posted this photo, "an actual graph Reb Bradley created for his mental health curriculum." You can see it here: So you know what's strange? A lot of Protestants argue that before the Protestant Reformation, most people were duped by the Catholic Church into believing they could work their way to heaven. These individuals weren't really saved and weren't really following the Bible, the argument goes, and the priests and monks---the ones who did read the Bi … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 52: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Saturday Link Love: Grease, Breast Milk, and Broken Hearts


Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.Politics Roe's End? on The Austin Chronicle Why "Family Values" Defined Conservative Christianity (and Why "Religious Liberty" Has Replaced It), on Religion Dispatches Gender Four Reasons Why Grease is a Feminist Musical, on The Mary Sue A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk and Oth … [Read more...]

Who Is Outside the Circle?

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The Phoenix City Council has voted to replace the traditional prayer before their city council meetings with a moment of silence rather than allow a Satanist group a turn to give the prayer. As I was reading about this decision, I was struck by this image:The text reads "Prayer circle forms outside council meeting following vote to switch to moment of silence" and the image shows a large circle of people, some in suits, holding hands. Do you know what I feel when I look at that … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Chinese Worry Balls


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 200-207Today shit starts getting freaky at the CPS headquarters. But first we have to endure Wally Elrod delivering legal documents again. It's Monday afternoon, if you remember, and Wally had just finished delivering summonses and complaints for the day when he noticed some new documents had come in, including one for Rita. Even though Farris tells us Wally never went out for a second round of deliveries and even though it was … [Read more...]