Racism, Colorblindness and Me

Healing Racism Large

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's Words"Stop staring!  What's the matter with you?"I was about six years old, living in a smallish town in Colorado.  One Sunday afternoon we went to a park in a nearby larger town.  An African-American family had also brought their children to the park, and they were playing on the children's play equipment.My eyes were riveted.  I couldn't look away. … [Read more...]

The “Jezebel Spirit” Teaching: Priming Churches for Spiritual Abuse

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIt's a story my husband Jeff likes to tell from before we were married.We were both members of a coercive Christian group of "charismatic" persuasion-- meaning that the group believed in supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Like most charismatic groups, our church believed that Christians and churches could be harassed by, or even come under the power of, demonic spirits. We believed God had called us to "rebuke" such spirits in the name of Jesus and drive them out of our lives and the lives of others. … [Read more...]

“Be a Man” – Christianity and Gender Mystiques

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA "mystique" is defined by TheFreeDictionary.com as "An aura of heightened value, interest, or meaning surrounding something, arising from attitudes and beliefs that impute special power or mystery to it." A "gender mystique," therefore, is an idealized concept of what it means to be a man or a woman, such that rather than simply describing one's physical sex, there is a specialized/romanticized state of gender identity which a man or a woman should strive to attain in order to be a "real" man or woman. … [Read more...]

“You’re Not Arguing With Us But With God”

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA fellow member of Equality Central Forum (a forum for Christians who believe in full male-female equality in society, church and home) recently shared the answer she (her first name is Helen) received from a well-known ministry in response to a letter she wrote them.  Helen has given me permission to reprint and comment here on part of the letter she received. … [Read more...]

“But That’s What The Bible Says”

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsI have written extensively on this blog about why "But the Bible clearly says" isn't necessarily a very good defense for certain traditionalist positions.  I've written a lot of posts that analyze certain texts which are supposedly "clear," but which maybe weren't intended by the original writers (or understood by the original audiences) to mean what seems so "clear" to us today. … [Read more...]

Christianity and the “Male Gaze”

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsBe modest.Be beautiful."Don't cause a man to stumble.""Don't let yourself go." … [Read more...]

Speaking Strongly While Female

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsI don't generally watch Fox News.  But this discussion hosted by Megyn Kelly at Fox News in response to this Fox News discussion hosted by Lou Dobbs, … [Read more...]

Sovereign Grace Ministries and Abuse: Time to Speak Out

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by Kristen RosserFor some time I've been watching with a heavy heart the progress of the lawsuit initially filed against Sovereign Grace Ministries in October 2012.  The original news articles have long since been archived, but the evangelical watchdog blog site The Wartburg Watch  … [Read more...]

Silencing Techniques

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by Kristen RosserHave you ever had an entire conversation that was not about the thing you wanted to talk about, but about why you needed to stop talking about it?It's called silencing. … [Read more...]

What About “Women Be Silent in the Church”?

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by Kristen RosserSo far on this blog I have addressed nearly every Bible verse used to restrict women or keep them under male authority-- except 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 The passage states:The women should keep silent in the churches. … [Read more...]


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