Evangelicalism and the Semantics of Religion

If you grew up in an evangelical home, like I did, you likely grew up hearing that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. The idea was to draw a contrast between Christianity, and other religions---other religions require rituals and rules and religious hierarchy, but Christianity requires no more than having a relationship with Jesus. Or so the evangelical line went---and still goes. The need of the hour is to distinguish and differentiate between "religion" and Christianity. Most peop … [Read more...]


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Are Friendships a Threat to Your Marriage? Um. No.

A few weeks ago, a reader sent me a marriage advice website titled Beating 50 Percent. It is run by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, an evangelical Christian couple in their mid-20s who have been married for under three years. I would point out that the myth that 50% of marriages end in divorce is just that---a myth---except that that does not appear to be what Jeremy and Audrey are referring to, as per their mission statement: Our mission in life, and on this blog is to do and be all things that … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 119: 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...]


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Saturday Link Love: Healthcare, Intersex Babies, and Handmaid’s Tale

Saturday Link Love is a 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. These are all the people the Republican healthcare bill will hurt, on Vox---"The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more, who would see two different taxes targeting them repealed; households with millions in investment income would come out particularly … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Julia’s Resistance

Voice in the Wind, pp. 127-131Oh boy. This week is a doozy! Marcus found himself watching the young Jewess every time he was at home. He wondered what it was about her that fascinated him so much. It's the mojo, I'm telling you. But there's more. She was devoted to his sister and seemed to sense Julia's every mood and need, seeing to her with gentle humility. Bithia had served Julia before Hadassah, but the Egyptian had no fondness for her. Julia was high-strung and difficult. Bithia … [Read more...]


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No, Mentioning Being Catcalled Is Not a “Humblebrag”

During a conversation about oversharing on Facebook, a friend sent me a link to an article titled 7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook. I didn't agree with everything in the article---I thought the author was a bit hard on people at times---but I found it an interesting read. It made me think about the purpose of Facebook posts---how do we decide what we post, and why? But then a section brought me up short. 1b) The Undercover BragDescription: Like the blatant brags above except behind a fr … [Read more...]


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Words Have Consequences: Evangelical Rhetoric and Gay Rights

In late 2015, Franklin Graham visited Russia to meet with leaders of the Orthodox Church. During this visit, Graham also had the opportunity to meet with Vladimir Putin. Graham brought up this visit in April while defending Putin against accusations of election meddling, posting this image to his twitter:Graham's reference to this 2015 meeting in turn brought up comments he made at the time praising Putin for banning "gay propaganda" and effectively criminalizing the LGBT rights mo … [Read more...]


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