Human Dignity and Christian Responses To “Game of Thrones”

I recently watched an interesting conversation unfold over Facebook about this article by Noah Filipiak, entitled "If You Are Watching Game of Thrones, You Are Watching Porn." I'm not interested here in defending the merits of Game of Thrones. Other writers have critiqued the show (I like Samantha Field's critique which can be found here), and I'm not here to say it is above criticism. I don't think it's particularly progressive or feminist, and it bothers the shit out of me when people praise … [Read more...]

Why Does Dr. James Dobson Pretend He’s Sad About Dead LGBTQ Folks?

[Content Note: violence against LGBTQ folks, discussion of lynching and racism]Yesterday, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, expressed sympathy for the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando's Pulse Night Club: I am deeply saddened by the brutal murder of so many young men in Orlando, Florida . . . Although radical Islamic terror groups claim victory while dispensing death and mayhem, we know the truth. Eternal life comes only by faith in and obedience to the one true … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: A Hymn for Queer Creation

I realized recently that the last blog post I wrote was in July of 2015. I guess it's been awhile, and for good reason, since I started seminary last August, and have therefore been extremely busy. I would like to get back to work on this blog, because there is so much that I am learning and creating in my classes. Today, I want to share a hymn that I wrote for my intro to worship class this January. Inspiration for this hymn came from a couple of sources.1- Queer Theology's synchroblog … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Trust Pro-Life Feminists

"A woman can insist she would never choose to have an abortion while affirming her support of the right of women to choose and still be an advocate of feminist politics. She cannot be anti-abortion and an advocate of feminism.” --bell hooks, Feminism Is For EverybodyWhen I saw Christianity Today published an article recently entitled "The Feminist Fight Against Abortion," I immediately thought of the above quote by bell hooks. Though I don't completely agree with hooks' approach here (p … [Read more...]

12 Reasons Why You Can Totally Call God “Mother”

This is written in response to this laughable post published by fellow Patheos author Fr. Dwight Longenecker. Fr. Longenecker insists we must refer to God only as Father. In fact, he believes this so much, he wrote twelve poorly defended reasons why we mustn't ever call Her "mom."I have my own twelve reasons why calling God our mom is totally cool.1. Jesus Calls God "Father," according to the gospel writers, but never demands we do so, and certainly never suggests that "Father" is t … [Read more...]

Help My Friend Heather Attend Seminary!

Hello readers!My blogging has not been consistent lately. A lot of exciting things have been going on in my life. I have been working at a new job (which I enjoy much more than fast food), spending more time in my "real life" communities, and preparing to go to seminary in the fall!Applying to seminary, attending scholarship interviews, and getting all of my books together has been a long process for me, as someone with an anxiety disorder that makes even small tasks seem impossible. … [Read more...]

Healing Through Story-Telling: A Review of “The Girl With The Grace Tattoo”

A few months ago, Katy-Anne Binstead, a Facebook friend of mine, asked me to read an review her self-published book, The Girl With The Grace Tattoo. Shortly before I started reading it, I had watched Going Clear, a documentary about the cult of Scientology. I had Going Clear in my mind as I read Binstead's book, and Binstead's own words reminded me of the words of the survivors of Scientology who were featured on the documentary.Fear.Anger.Shame.Relief.Joy at having found free … [Read more...]

Every Part Of The Trinity Is “She Who Is:” Resisting Roger Olson’s Boxes For God

Roger Olson, a fellow Patheos blogger, recently published a blog post in which he laid out which pronouns and gendered names for God are "appropriate" for Christians to use.It seems silly to talk about what is "appropriate" and "inappropriate" when discussing the Being that affirmed Job's nearly-blasphemous rants, David's scandalous dancing, and the existential questioning of Qoheleth. Ours isn't a God that fits into neat little boxes.And yet, Olson tries his damnedest to make God fi … [Read more...]

Tony Jones’ Cross is a Symbol of Abuse (Or, How To Abuse Women Like A Pacifist)

[content note: domestic violence and spiritual abuse]If you spend a lot of time in the same "progressive Christian internet" circles that I frequent, you may have heard of Tony Jones (theologian, blogger, and one of the founders of the Emergent Church movement). Hopefully you have also heard of his ex-wife, Julie McMahon, who recently went public with accusations (and supporting documents) that Jones abused her both during and after their marriage.If you haven't heard, R.L. Stollar has … [Read more...]

Not Your Average Easter Story: A Review of “Walking Toward Resurrection”

 If you were to ask me which writers have had the most influence on my theology, Shannon T.L. Kearns would definitely be in the top 10 (right up there with bell hooks and James Cone). I have been reading his blog for several years, and so I was excited when he asked me to read and review his new e-book, Walking Toward Resurrection. Fr. Shay's writing gave me permission to do theology that starts with my body, and with the experiences I have in my body.  That is  … [Read more...]