God loves Mark Driscoll (and everyone else)

God is love. God doesn't hate anyone. God poured his wrath on on Himself, because He loved us too make us drink that cup. Mark Driscoll needs to be reminded of that.But, you know what?So do I.Sometimes I get this idea in my head that God hates all the same people I hate.Sometimes I believe that God hates Mark Driscoll.I won't lie-- Mark Driscoll isn't my favorite person in the world. For one, he glorifies a part of me that I hate-- the violent, angry part of me that I've been trying to … [Read more...]

Modest is hottest?

Can we talk about modesty?No, not about how women need to cover up their legs and chest to keep men from stumbling. Not about how women need to "respect themselves" by covering up (really, what does that even mean?). Not even about how there's a huge double standard and how we don't talk about male modesty as much and how women are visual too (though, we are. Seriously, folks)No, let's talk about what modesty really is.And let's start with a t-shirt that I saw at a Christian book store a … [Read more...]

I saw love win today.

Today, as I was walking back from class, I noticed that my university's token street preacher was out doing his thing-- shouting at students, telling them that they were on their way to hell because of their sins of drunkenness, homosexuality, and fornication. You know the drill.I also noticed that he was accompanied by several people holding signs. I thought, "Great. He brought signs too this time?"But as I got closer, I realized that the sign-holders were students, and that the signs said … [Read more...]

You’re “Not Alone.” No, really! (a book review)

Those might be the most comforting words in the English language.But when you suffer from depression, they are sometimes very hard to believe. The book Not Alone: Stories of Living with Depression, edited by Alise Write, takes those words and brings them to life--makes them real and powerful.Not Alone is a collection of 37 true stories submitted by 37 different contributors. The contributors share their personal stories of their struggles with depression, and they don't hold back.They … [Read more...]

“Unwilling Desperado:” A guest post!

Today's guest post is from my good friend, Abe Kobylanski. I hope you'll enjoy his thoughts about singleness and the church's view of marriage! And be sure to check out his blog at Images and Words. So, being a 27-year-old Christian male is pretty weird. The average marriage age for an American male is 28, so I still have a few months to go before I break that social norm. But if I had to guess, I would guess the average age for a first marriage for Christians would be around 22. In other … [Read more...]

I shouldn’t have to choose between sisters.

What's life like as a Christian feminist? One word:Tense.It's hard to feel completely at home with either group. The feminists that I know rarely agree with my Pro-Life stance on abortion. And the Christians that I know rarely agree with me on anything besides abortion.I hope I've managed to bridge a few gaps between the worlds.But wow, is there ever tension.I've had to sit through church sermons mocking feminists and I've had to sit through feminist meetings mocking Christians (even … [Read more...]

Feeling the world’s brokenness…

Do you ever feel the brokenness of the world?Do you ever hurt with the rest of humanity?Or groan with creation as it waits for redemption?Sometimes, in our individualist, self-centered society, we forgot the bigger picture. We forget that we are part of creation. That we are members of humanity.We forget that we were meant to be, as Rob Bell says, "connected with each other in one giant global embrace."Knit together in love.Just like we all will be in Christ's coming kingdom.But … [Read more...]

Is it wrong to steal a car?

Is it wrong to steal a car?What if the owner of that car was basically asking for it to be stolen?What if the owner washed it every day so it was as shiny as possible? What if he left it in his drive-way for all the world to see?He didn't make any attempts to cover it up. He didn't hide how great of a car it was.What if he even let people from the neighborhood touch his car, or sit in the passenger seat if they asked? What if he gave people free rides all the time?So how could someone … [Read more...]

Is the church a few steps behind?

I've never heard a pastor talk positively about the feminist movement.But when I read my Bible and see verses where Jesus tells Martha to get out of the kitchen and sit at his feet like a disciple, and when I see verses where Paul tells men in an oppressively patriarchal society to love, serve, and sacrifice for the "property" known as their wives, I can't deny it...Jesus is all for setting women free.Jesus is all about overthrowing society's power structures.I don't believe I should … [Read more...]

How Kittums, Smeagol, and Princess Buttercup taught me to love

Please read this article by Ben DeVries on Kurt Williams blog. It has a wonderful, beautiful point, and adorable animals. You can't lose. Read it!http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/2011/09/14/the-nonviolence-of-the-kingdom-towards-animals-ben-devries/ This post of mine is a response of sorts.I'm an animal lover.There's no denying it.If you don't believe me, check out my Facebook page. Chances are, my profile picture currently has at least one cat in it. I love animals.It's a … [Read more...]


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