Must Reads

Holiday Greetings from Smeagol the Cat (Photo by Carolyn Moon)

Here are some awesome posts from the past few weeks from elsewhere in the blogosphere. I hope you'll take the time to check them out! Liss Says Stuff #3: Devil's Advocate by Melissa McEwan Devil's Advocacy seeks to turn the intimate aspects of one's life into an abstract discussion. This Is Why I Talk About This Stuff by BRACE If you think that ableism ends at the top of a ramp, you have gotten lost somewhere. Why Our Notions of "Sex-Positive" Feminism Are in Need of an … [Read more...]

Privilege in Christian Pacifism: My Life is Not Your Thought Exercise

No, not THAT "What Would You Do?"

I wrote this post a few days ago and had it scheduled for today, but since h00die_R is hosting a synchroblog at Political Jesus on the topic of pacifism, I thought I'd link up! Check it out and see if you'd be interested in participating.  I've been thinking about pacifism lately. It's come up in my church, in Twitter discussions, and in blog posts. This is not a response specifically to any recent discussions of pacifism, but since it keeps coming up I do want to let out some of the … [Read more...]

Reclaiming A Feminine Christianity: A Guest Post by T E Hanna


Today, I have a guest post for you all from T E Hanna. He shares his thoughts--from the perspective of a male pastor--on reclaiming and embracing feminine images for God.  T E Hanna is the author of Raising Ephesus: Christian Hope for a Post-Christian Age and he writes regularly on issues of faith and culture on his blog at In 2007, the Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life released a short synopsis of the gender makeup of the various world religions that shape the … [Read more...]

I watched John Piper and Douglas Wilson Talk About “Homosexuality, Abortion, and Race” for TWO HOURS

(Update: Now with 100% more Ron Swanson gifs, inspired by my Facebook friend Neal) Pray for me, friends. I shall need a few days to recover from this. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that Douglas Wilson and John Piper  did a roundtable on the topics of "homosexuality, abortion, and race." I don't know what possessed me to do this, but I watched the dang thing, and I shared some choice quotes on Twitter yesterday. Much of this video was John Piper trying to excuse Douglas … [Read more...]

On Being A “Liberal Fundamentalist”

Lately I've noticed that many liberal Christians do this thing where they accuse other liberal Christians of being "liberal fundamentalists." Are these accusations of "liberal fundamentalism" warranted? I'm thinking back over the times when I or a friend of mine has been called a "liberal fundamentalist:" When I asked a popular Christian blogger to stop repeatedly using a slur. When a queer friend criticized the organization NALT because of Dan Savage's (who has a history of biphobia, … [Read more...]

Resurrection and the Surviving God


Content Note: brief description of a suicide attempt  This past year, around Easter, I planned on writing some posts about crucifixion and resurrection. I found I couldn't really get past the former. I mean, I'm a skeptic on the idea of the literal resurrection of Jesus to begin with, but I found I couldn't even envision a risen God. A victorious living God. A suffering God? A dying God? An oppressed God? Yeah, I could see that. I could see that clearly. In fact, writing about the … [Read more...]

Must Reads!

Princess Buttercup attacks ALL the things.

Here are some important, interesting, and eye-opening posts. I've been excited all week to share some of these, so I hope you'll take the time to read them! B’reishit: The Divine Act of Self-Creation by Emily Aviva Kapor God speaks the world into creation; I speak myself into creation. Queer Creation: Queering the Image of God by Alan Hooker ‘Male and female [God] created them’. Male and female...The ‘and’ is not a binary ‘and’. Male and femalecan disclose a spectrum of … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Cheap Hotel Room

Content Note: Brief Mentions of Rape/Sexual Abuse [Disclaimer: This is a story of my personal experience, not a universal prescription for how people should react to sex. Obviously others have different experiences and what not. Those other experiences are valid, but so is mine]  I didn't wait until marriage to have sex. If I'd heard someone admit that when I was younger, I might have gasped. I might have thought, "You didn't wait until marriage? What's wrong with you? How did you ever … [Read more...]

On Doing This Church Thing Again

A few years ago, I was in what I am starting to admit to myself was an abusive church relationship. I can't really go into all the ways that this church relationship reminded me of the one abusive romantic relationship I was in. There are too many and I haven't taken enough time to reflect on those yet. But here's some examples: The pastor dictated how we were to think and live. I'm not just talking, "Be nice and love each other!" I'm talking, once when Myspace was "the thing" (yeah, I … [Read more...]

“You Are Not Your Own:” Wrapping Things Up


This post is part of a series called“You Are Not Your Own,” focusing on rape and sexual assault in Christian relationship/dating books Content Note: rape, sexual assault We've come to the last post in my series about rape and sexual assault in evangelical Christian dating books. Yup, that's right... ...It's time to kiss dating books goodbye.  To sum up, there were four significant findings related to rape and sexual assault in these books: These books create … [Read more...]