Mark Driscoll, spiritual abuse, and fluffy bunnies…

We're going to talk about Mark Driscoll today on the blog. I know that, for many, the mere mention of that name brings up feelings of anger and overall  yucky-ness. So, I'm going to help you get through it. Inspired by the "Bunnies to Replace Mark Driscoll" movement, every time your brain imagines this...: ...I want you to mentally replace that image with this: Got it? Okay, now for the post! If I wrote a response about everything awful or stupid Pastor Mark Driscoll (hereafter known … [Read more...]

When I went to an Episcopal Church

Abe and I didn't know much about the Episcopal Church when we went there yesterday morning, which led to some awkwardness--like having to fumble with that prayer kneeling thingy (does anyone know the official name?) on the backs of all the pews. Or like when Abe, used to Catholic communion, ate his wafer before the cup was passed to him and had nothing to dip into the wine. But it was a good experience anyway. In fact, even though the service started at 10 am (and, those who know me know that … [Read more...]

Weekend reads!

There's this trend among bloggers. Many bloggers will, once a week, dedicate their time to sharing some of their favorite reads from others. I love that! And, so, I'm going to jump on the band-wagon! Introducing, Weekend Reads! So, without further ado, here are some awesome reads from this week that I would like to share with you all! "Fucked Up" by Stitching Seams: A passionate, poignant piece on some of the painful after-effects of growing up in an abstinence-only world. If you read … [Read more...]

What the “Effeminate Christianity” crisis says about women

The latest crisis in evangelical Christianity seems to be the "feminization" of the church. Now, I wasn't sure exactly what that meant. Even if we were to ignore the fact that there is no real definition of "femininity," and even if we were to judge "femininity" by strict societal expectations and stereotypes, what does that mean? It's not like the church is wearing lipstick and carrying a purse. And I've never heard a pastor say anything like, "The vagina cannot say to the hand, 'I don't need … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to me and Martin Luther King Jr.!

It's my birthday today! And it's also Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday! I'm proud to share a birthday with such a great man. King is one of my heroes, as he is a great role model for non-violent activism. He made a difference without pulling any triggers or dispatching any troops. He taught me to believe that the power of love and non-violence can change the world. I'll let the man speak for himself. Here are a few of my favorite quotes by him (taken from brainyquote.com): A nation that … [Read more...]

Diving into the ocean of religion

Interesting discussion on yesterday's post, friends! In case you missed it, yesterday I responded to the viral video that's been going around the interwebs lately--Jeffersen Bethke's "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus." I argued that religion and Jesus are not incompatible. In fact, in order to have a "relationship" with Jesus, we need to take action--action that, for many people, looks like religion. I really wrote that post to myself. I do that a lot--write things to myself. Writing is … [Read more...]

It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship?

When I was growing up, and people asked about my religion, I would parrot the phrase I'd heard from countless well-meaning pastors, Sunday school teachers, and friends. You know the one... "It's not a religion. It's a relationship." Then, there's the viral video that's been going around lately. I'm sure you've seen it making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and the Blogosphere: "Why I hate religion, but love Jesus." (side note: for an excellent response to this video, check out Elizabeth … [Read more...]

I’m pro-life. I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-woman.

I'm pro-choice. Therefore, I am pro-life. I'm pro-life. Therefore, I am pro-choice. I couldn't be one without being the other and my support for each side strengthens the other. Let me 'splain....No, there is too much. Let me sum up. I'll start with this--even though the exact point at which human life begins cannot be pin-pointed by science, I still feel uncomfortable with the concept of abortion. I'd like to think that I, personally, would never get an abortion (though, the way I … [Read more...]

If the Bible had an F.A.Q. section…

Do you ever wish that the Bible had an F.A.Q. section? Or maybe it does, and I just haven't found it yet. Some Christians probably have--you know, the one's who are always saying, "The Bible clearly says that..." Yeah, those Christians must have found the F.A.Q. section. Because, let's be honest. The Bible is anything but clear. It's complicated, contradictory, and confusing. If the Bible had an F.A.Q. section, this is what I'd like to see in it: *What IS salvation? *Is there a hell? … [Read more...]

A year in review

What a year it has been! I think I'll recap some of the highlights: I turned 21 and had my first alcoholic beverage (a Bud Light. Gross. Happy to say that Abe has taught me to appreciate good beer, and I will never again darken the doorways of my tongue with a Bud Light) My boyfriend of three years broke up with me on facebook (which didn't seem like a highlight at the time, but looking back, all I can think is Hallelujah, Chunky Peanut Butter!) I discovered that I could, in fact, survive … [Read more...]


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