“Modest Is Hottest” and Girls’ Self-Confidence

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By now, you've probably heard "modest is hottest" thrown around like a mantra. There are "modest is hottest" fashion shows and "modest is hottest" conferences for girls. It's about time I weighed in.Frankly, I'm conflicted. When I was a teen striving to dress modestly, I struggled with body image. I covered my body in baggy clothing. I felt unattractive, and that affected how I carried and viewed myself. So I like the idea that in many churches girls like I was are now being encouraged to … [Read more...]

The Other Stories

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Have you ever read a books where each chapter is written from the perspective of a single character? Some of the ones that are most well written are such that you start to notice inconsistencies, things that don't quite fit, because what you are hearing is that character's spin. Gradually you start to get the hang of which characters are most trustworthy, and which characters you should suspect of spin from the first sentence.I was reminded of this genre when thinking once again over the … [Read more...]

What’s More Terrifying than Left Behind?

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I remember the movie very clearly. We watched it some church event or other, which I can't remember. But the movie---the movie I remember.It began when an angel appeared to a woman and told her the date and time she was going to die. The woman was a worldly woman who did not know Jesus, and the angel's announcement of her time of death was meant to bring her to her knees and lead her to salvation. It didn't. Instead of accepting the inevitable and coming to Jesus, the woman determined to do … [Read more...]

That’s Not Good Enough, Christianity Today—Updated!

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In the face of increasingly vocal calls to pull the rapist's article (you can read my prior coverage here), the editors of Christianity Today's Leadership Journal have stood firm and refused to take the post down. Instead, they have¬†added an editorial note to the beginning of the article. It's not enough---not nearly enough---and that the editors think it is shows just how deep the problem is. Editorial Note:¬†Since publishing the following piece on Monday, there has been a tremendous backlash f … [Read more...]

Evangelical Narratives, Sexual Predators, and Safe Places

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I have written time and again about the evangelical narratives used to excuse rape and child molestations, especially when committed by pastors. I came upon quite a few of these when reading through the comments on the recent article by a convicted rapist and child molester that was published by Christianity Today's Leadership Journal. (If you haven't read about the article yet, please do.) I want to take a moment to look at a few of the excuses I am seeing made, and to reflect on what these … [Read more...]

Christianity Today Publishes a Rapists’ Story

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Remember when the Good Man Project posted an article by an unrepentant rapist, supposedly as an example of things to avoid? Well, Christianity Today recently posted an article by a youth pastor who had sex with one of his students and is supposedly repentant---but doesn't really sound that way. In fact, it squicks me out exactly the same way the Good Men Project's posting of a rapist's story does. Maybe worse actually, because this guy is supposedly repentant. Except not.In the article, the … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson Outdoes Himself Advertising for His Book

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In a trailer for his book, Apostate, evangelical pastor and Christian homeschool leader Kevin Swanson playacts a dystopian future in which he is in jail for being anti-gay. Seriously. Watch it. It's amazing.Yes, evangelicals like Swanson really do think they're going to wind up in jail for being anti-gay. Because we put people in jail for being racist, right? Oh wait. We don't. The most bizarre thing about this is the one who actually wants to clap people in jail is Swanson---in the book … [Read more...]


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