“Good Christian Sex:” A Book Review

 When I got an email asking me to read and review Bromleigh McCleneghan's Good Christian Sex, I was skeptical. As long-time readers of this blog know, I have read a lot of Christian books about sex.I have not, however, read a lot of good Christian books about sex. Even books herald as alternatives to Joshua Harris and the like--books described as "not like that"--I have found lacking. Progressive evangelicals in the blogging world are often quick to say that they do not … [Read more...]

Putting God in the Closet: How N.T. Wright and Douglas Wilson Attack the Image of God

[Content Note: Slavery Apologism, Anti-LGBT Slurs and Theology, Douglas Wilson]N.T. Wright and Douglas Wilson have the same exact theology when it comes to LGBTQ people.N.T. Wright, the distinguished scholar and Anglican bishop, speaks with an air of academic detachment. In a recent interview for the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast, he uses vague words (like "human sexuality") and safe cliches (like "We are all sinners..."), but his position on LGBTQ people is clear.Wilson, on the … [Read more...]

Franklin Graham is Right: Donald Trump is Similar to King David…

Content Note: Descriptions of Rape and Sexual Assault, with some detail Famous evangelicals across the United States are coming up with all sorts of interesting excuses for abandoning their self-proclaimed morals in order to support a man like Donald Trump. James Dobson--of "let's shoot transgender children" fame--claims that Trump has recently been "born-again," and anyone who grew up in "born-again" Christian culture knows that this move is often used as a " … [Read more...]

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...]