Yet More Tired Arguments against Marriage Equality

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I recently ran upon an article on the Witherspoon Institute by writer Katy Faust titled Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent. In it the author argues against extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. I want to address two specific points she makes.I identify with the instinct of those children to be protective of their gay parent. In fact, I’ve done it myself. I remember how many times I repeated my speech: “I’m so happy that my parents got di … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard Was Brought Down by a Blog: Thoughts on the “Proper” Channels for Making Abuse Allegations

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Do you know how Bill Gothard was brought down?By a blog.Sexual harassment allegations had been made against Gothard for decades---yes, decades---but he was very good at silencing them, and at convincing his associates that he was blameless. Then a couple of years ago a variety of young adults who were raised in Bill Gothard's ministry came together to create a blog: Recovering Grace. They used this blog as a forum to criticize Gothard's teachings and practices, and to discuss the harm … [Read more...]

There Are No Good People, Only Good Actions

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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...]

Why We Need to Talk about Narcissism: Tony Jones Edition

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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...]

Today I’m Proud of Joshua Harris

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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...]

What Acceptance Can Mean

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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...]

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

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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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