Fifty Shades of Disagreement: Evangelicals and Feminists on Fifty Shades of Grey

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I've avoided discussing Fifty Shades of Grey, but I do feel the need to touch on a specific aspect of the controversy that surrounds the book (and now, the film). Namely, I'm fascinated that feminists and evangelical Christians have been the book's most vocal critics. The two would seem unlikely allies! But then, while both groups have tended to condemn Fifty Shades of Grey as toxic, they aren't truly allies in this, because they oppose the books for completely different reasons. Feminists speak … [Read more...]

The Pennington Point on Adult Children, Maturity, and Drivers Licenses

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It appears Lisa of the Pennington Point has now taken her entire site down. As you may remember, Lisa began deleting posts on Wednesday after her daughter, Alecia Faith, went public with the message that her parents were preventing her from proving her identity. It seems Lisa has realized that her posts---especially those on parenting adult children---seem rather to corroborate Alecia Faith's story. Fortunately, we have urls and the wayback machine. To quote a friend of mine, "don't they know th … [Read more...]

The Tony Jones Affair: Releasing the Documents

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As of today, R.L. Stollar has released a variety of hitherto private documents on Tony Jones and Julie McMahon. As you may remember, Tony Jones is a leader within Emergent Christianity, a sort of newer, hipper, updated evangelicalism. His ex-wife, Julie McMahon, has accused him of abusing her, and while the divorce took place in 2008 and 2009 and the allegations are longstanding, they have only recently gained attention, in large part because Tony was intent on squashing them.The … [Read more...]

I Stand with Alecia Pennington

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I have spent some time reading Alecia Faith Pennington's story. First, I watched her short video, which you can see below:For those of you who didn't watch the video, Alecia explained that she doesn't have a birth certificate or social security number, and can't get either because her parents are refusing to cooperate. She further explained that without these documents she can't get a driver's license or a job, much less attend college or vote. I'd like to say I'm horrified, but I'm not, … [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...]


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