There Are No Good People, Only Good Actions

Several weeks ago I called Rachel Held Evans out for the way she responded to Julie McMahon's allegations of abuse by her ex-husband Tony Jones. Rachel and Tony were co-sponsoring a convention, and one of Rachel's followers posted a comment asking her about the abuse allegations against Tony. Rachel responded by saying that there was no truth to the allegations, that this was not the right place to air abuse allegations, and that time spent on the allegations detracted from the church and from … [Read more...]


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Why We Need to Talk about Narcissism: Tony Jones Edition

I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with the Tony Jones situation over the last week, and I'm afraid I'm going to have to weigh in again. By word of background, Tony is a leader in the emergent church movement, a branch of evangelical Christianity strives to be less judgmental and more open, works to create space for women and LGBT individuals, makes use of new styles of worship, and focuses on personal connection with the divine. Recently, Tony's ex-wife Julie has gone public with … [Read more...]


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Today I’m Proud of Joshua Harris

So, have you heard the news? Joshua Harris is stepping down from his role of head pastor of Covenant Life Church and heading to Vancouver to attend seminary at Regent College. I don't know much about Regent, though the Washington Post described it as "mainstream." Not only that, but Josh is planning to send his kids to public school while he attends seminary. Public school. This is huge, and it's hard to describe how much it means to me.Josh Harris was the oldest child of Greg Harris, a w … [Read more...]


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What Acceptance Can Mean

I recently stumbled upon a guest post on Camels with Hammers that I found quite interesting. In it the author, Alexandra, wrote about what it was like growing evangelical in France. She very effectively got at something I attempted to write about a few weeks ago---that when you are in a religious subculture, being treated judged or mocked by those in mainstream culture will only make you become entrenched further in that subculture, because it is there and only there you will feel accepted and va … [Read more...]


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Men Rape and Women Seduce: John Piper’s Deleted Tweet

Last week, conservative evangelical theologian John Piper tweeted something that went so far he ultimately had to delete it. Piper has gone pretty far before, such as when he tweeted verses from Job in response to a rash of deadly tornadoes, and then wrote a blog post describing the tornadoes as "the fingers of God" come down from heaven to punish a wicked people. This time, though, his foray was into what I call "purity culture," which often devolves into rape culture and worse.Make no … [Read more...]


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Crosspost: Fundamentalist Approved Feminist Literature

By MelissaOriginally posted at Permission to Live I read constantly. It was a way to find out more about the world outside my parents home, and escape from the day in day out monotony, and other than our family movie nights, some of my only entertainment. Some books that I read, were not approved. I speed-read them without my parents knowledge in the library (The Princess Diaries Series, Star Wars Sci-Fi) and later when I had access to book stores bought them and hid them in the cabinet … [Read more...]


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On Responding to Abuse Allegations

I write a lot about abuse scandals in conservative Christian circles, such as those involving Doug Phillips and Bill Gothard. But it occurs to me that should be willing to write about similar situations within progressive Christian circles as well. If I ignore problems in groups that agree with me while taking on problems in groups I disagree with, I have a double standard. But there's another reason, too, that I want to write today about the current controversy surrounding Tony Jones, Rachel He … [Read more...]


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