An Egalitarian submits

I said I wasn't going to write anything this weekend, but inspiration knocked and I answered! Plus, I felt like I needed to share these thoughts with you before I could discuss my doubts about feminism and egalitarianism.Enjoy! I, Sarah Moon, the feminist, the egalitarian, the independent, 21st century woman, have a confession to make....Sometimes I clean my boyfriend's apartment.Now, if you think I do so wearing a sun dress and pearls while whistling to that song from Snow White, … [Read more...]

Join the chorus: Teri’s story

A few days ago, I invited my readers to help me speak out against abuse. To be a choir of voices  for the voiceless (if you would like to be a voice, read my post "Join the chorus" for more information).Teri J responded to my post and gave me permission to share her story of emotional and mental abuse. I hope you'll take time to read her story below, and afterward check out her blogs: http://unexpectedroad.blogspot.com/ http://mymostfavoritethings.wordpress.com/.  I am a victim of emot … [Read more...]

Tension redeemed: Pacifism

War, war, what is it good for?...I don't really know.I'm opening up my series on tension and doubt (read the intro here) with the subject of pacifism. I consider myself a pacifist, but I can't answer all the questions people ask me when they find out that I am a supporter of non-violence.So, here's what I know:Jesus said, "Love your enemies."Killing a person isn't very loving.Violence almost always leads to more violence. Paul told us to "overcome evil with good."Until … [Read more...]

Join the chorus!

Over the past couple of weeks I've written several blog posts about relationship abuse. You can read about them here, here, here, here, and here.I've done my best to be a voice. And one voice is better than silence. But a chorus of voices? That's what really makes a difference!(Like THIS!)If you would like to tell your story or speak out against abuse, then join the chorus!I invite you to write a guest post for this blog and send it to me at moonsn11@gmail.com. You can remain anonymous … [Read more...]

Dear Razor Blade,

Dear Razor Blade,I'm sorry for what happened the other night, but the fact remains: I stopped cutting in November.The road got bumpy and the cutting bandwagon didn't have any seat-belts. I was emotionally vulnerable, and I know I shouldn't have brought you into my house the other night. But I did. What happened happened.I know I'll sound like a jerk for saying this (until I remember that you're an inanimate object and I'm only writing you a letter because I enjoy personification), but the … [Read more...]

Tension redeemed

Tension.That word keeps popping up this week.As a scholar with the spiritual gift of discernment, I like to know everything. But I don't. I like to be able to clearly perceive right from wrong. But I can't always do that. I like to have an answer to everything.But sometimes that answer is a measly, "I don't know."I don't always like the tension of uncertainty. But as a musician, I realize that some musical dissonance is necessary to make a piece of music interesting. Could the same be … [Read more...]

Two wrongs don’t make a right…or do they?

When children repay violence with violence, we say, "Two wrongs don't make a right."When governments repay violence with violence, we say, "Justice was served."I know most people reading this already have verses popping into their heads- maybe from Numbers 35, or even Romans 13. I know several people are already drumming up off-the-wall scenarios to question me with in the comments, and others are probably going to say something about Hitler.But let's put all these verses and scenarios … [Read more...]

Crippling lies and “tennis shoes” of truth

I recall vividly the first time I tried to leave my abusive relationship with my first boyfriend.We were driving home from church and I broke up with him in the car. He became angry, threatening to drive the car off the road and kill us both. So I did the logical thing and climbed out of the car at the next stop light.I started to run away. I was sure I could out-run him and somehow find my way home once I had lost him...But I was wearing high heeled shoes.That made things difficult. I … [Read more...]

Why do you know your limitations?

"I can't do that," a friend of mine said to me recently. "I know my limitations."I've heard that phrase many times. "I know my limitations."But my question to anyone who has uttered those four words is this: why do you know your limitations?Do you know your limitations because you put them there? Did you hand pick the bricks to build up the walls you've put around your life?Or, do you know your limitations because you've been to them? Because you've tested them and pushed them?Do you … [Read more...]

Conquering with kindness- guest post!

After reading yesterday's blog post about spiritual gifts, my anonymous male friend decided to reveal his secret identity and add his own thoughts to the discussion.Abe Kobylanski has his own blog at Images and Words. He writes about everything from bachelorhood, to sports, to that one Rob Bell book that he never read (but is still outraged by). I think you'll enjoy his witty writing style, and I hope you'll be encouraged by what he has to say!  Ahh, spiritual gifts.There … [Read more...]


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