Let’s Talk Christian Fiction

Hey guys! My copy of Anonymous Tip really does appear to be lost for good, and while I've ordered a new (used) one and it has shipped, it hasn't arrived yet. So today I wanted to take the moment to talk about Christian fiction more generally and Christian romance and historical fiction more specifically, to analyze some themes and to open the floor for my readers to discuss Christian fiction they may have encountered themselves.When I was a teenager, my favorite Christian fiction was the … [Read more...]


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Some Problems with Free Will in Evangelical Christianity

Can we talk about free will, or at least the role the concept plays in conservative evangelical Christianity? As a child, teen, and young adult in the evangelical community and church, I was taught that God wants us to freely choose to worship and love him, and that he gives us free will so that we can do that. Of course, Calvinists hold that God chooses who will believe in him and who will not, and a related train of thought holds that those with sinful natures are incompatible with freely … [Read more...]


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Supergirl’s Jeremy Jordan: My Gay Cousin Has Been Sent to a Christian Home for Troubled Teens

I have a good friend who was sent to a Christian home for troubled teens in Florida in the late 1990s. The stories she tells me are horrifying. The children were forced to work in the fields all day every day in the summer, and for long hours during the school year as well. While the home was co-ed, the girls were responsible for preparing and cleaning up all of the meals, on a rotation linked to their dormitories. The home used the ACE program, a curriculum used by Christian private schools and … [Read more...]


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From Conservative Evangelical to Trans-Affirming

I don't remember the first time I heard the word "transgender." I do remember being taught that it was wrong, disordered, even perverted. I grew up in an evangelical home. I attended an evangelical megachurch and my family subscribed to quite a few evangelical magazines, including some that focused on politics and culture wars issues. I was homeschooled, which created a sort of bubble that filtered the information I had access to. When I attended a secular university this changed, and my views b … [Read more...]


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Two New Pieces on Christianity and Child Abuse

Ryan Stollar of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) has been knocking it out of the park lately. I deeply appreciate his advocacy and his willingness to take on big names in his efforts to prevent child abuse. Today I want to take a moment to highlight his two latest pieces, one posted on the HARO website and one posted on HARO's Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA) project website.First is Stollar's HARO piece, How We Marginalize Abuse Survivors: Valuing Forgiveness Over Protection. What's a … [Read more...]


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Samaritan’s Purse and the Borders of Belonging

I've long been fascinated by the idea that evangelicalism has "borders" that it enforces---beliefs that are considered required for membership. Every religion or belief system has such borders, they just define and defend them differently. What I find fascinating about watching the borders evangelicals draw is how drastically these borders have changed over time, and how very specific they can get. Fred Clark of the Slacktivist uses the term "tribal gatekeepers" to describe this phenomenon.I … [Read more...]


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The Family Research Council and the Politics of Exclusion

Guess what I noticed on the Family Research Council Facebook page?Image description: A Family Research Council Facebook post featuring a picture of three girls in swimsuits in a locker room with the text "Protect Their Rights" emblazoned on it, the words "because they should not be silenced for feeling uncomfortable with a male student in their locker room" above it, and the words "urge Congress to take action to protect our children and stop the Obama administration's radical overreach" … [Read more...]


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