Rachel Held Evans: Missing the Mark on Sexual Ethics

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Rachel Held Evans has been a big critic of what I call the "purity culture"---and I think that's great!---but today she's written a post on why people should still wait for marriage to have sex. The problem with the evangelical purity culture, as I see it, isn’t that it teaches saving sex for marriage, but that it equates virginity with sexual wholeness and therefore as something that can be lost or given or taken away in a single moment. Perhaps instead of virginity…or even purity (which ca … [Read more...]

When Protecting Scruples Comes Before Women’s Health

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Pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother can pose a bit of a problem problem for pro-lifers. Some, such as Live Action's Lila Rose (who by the way grew up in the same conservative Christian homeschool environment I did), solve this problem by simply denying that pregnancy ever threatens a woman's life ("Abortions are never medically necessary. Some doctors prescribe abortion as if it’s a treatment for a disease or a problem, but that’s not a solution a truly compassionate and just soc … [Read more...]

Vision Forum and “Historical Revisionism”

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American history today isn't what it once was. There was a time when American history privileged the white, the wealthy, and the Christian, and ignored the stories of marginalized, the complexities of events like the American Revolution, and the genocide of the Native American population. This has changed, and universities today tell the stories of the marginalized and challenge traditional black and white patriotic narratives. Not everyone is happy with this, however. Are you and your children … [Read more...]

How I Used To Dress (with Illustrations)

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I recently looked through some old photo albums from my teenage years. Oh, the memories that brought back. Clothing in the conservative Christian homeschooling subculture, especially the quiverfull variety, is quite the topic. I want to use some pictures to illustrate some points here, but I blog under a pseudonym so I really can't use my own pictures, and I don't want to violate some random person's privacy by dipping into google images. So instead I'm going to use some pictures of the Duggars … [Read more...]

Vision Forum’s Scott Brown Doesn’t Get Feminists

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I recently came upon a post called "The Most Pro-Woman Text in Scripture," by pastor and homeschool leader Scott Brown, who is on Vision Forum's board (for more on Vision Forum, see Rethinking Vision Forum). Last weekend, I was glad to participate in another wedding and to have the joy of giving a message. It was the wedding of Jordan Muela and Sarah Mendenhall in Indiana. As I was meditating on Ephesians 5:22-33 before the wedding, it struck me again that this passage is the most pro-female d … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Think Mark Driscoll Was Joking

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Several weeks ago, Mark Driscoll said this: I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV. When people got upset about it, he claimed it was just a joke, adding: I am sorry that you do not have a sense of humor. The thing is, I grew up in a home where this sort of thing was said regularly, and it wasn't about joking. My parents were soundly against recycling, because they saw the earth as disposable. I was reminded of this again a c … [Read more...]

The Thaw, Evangelical Teens, and Persecution Complexes

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I recently came upon a video from Christian youth outreach group Reach America. In it, Christian students explain that they face persecution in their public high schools for their religious beliefs, and list examples of this persecution. They finish by calling for change, calling for other Christians to rise up and throw off the persecution and restore the (mostly imaginary) Christian American of the past.For those of you who don't have the time to watch the entire video---and it does … [Read more...]


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