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...]

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...]

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...]

Is the Bible the Word of God? Or is Jesus? Or….

I'm not sure where the phrase "The Bible is not the Word of God; Jesus is" originated. The first time I heard the phrase, though, (on Rachel Held Evan's blog) it was just short of life-changing. It became my go-to answer to those who used the Bible as a weapon to hurt me or others.I say this show that I see how the phrase can be extremely liberating to those who are used to being oppressed by harmful Biblical messages.I wanted to affirm that before I start deconstructing this … [Read more...]

Reconciling God and Evolution, Part 1: The World Between The Covers Of A Book

More and more millennials are accepting evolution as true, and society's attitude toward evolution is, well, evolving. Even many evangelical Christians are embracing the reality of evolution, and joining the ranks of Christians who have found a way to reconcile science and their faith.But there is still pushback, and not only from within evangelical Christianity. One example is a recent article by Greta Christina (who is an atheist) entitled, "Why You Can't Reconcile God and Evolution."I … [Read more...]

“Damaged Goods” Has Something For Everyone

Full disclosure: Dianna Anderson is a close friend of mine, and has been since before she started writing Damaged Goods. She did not ask me to write this review, but I fully believe her book is an important one. I will try to be as honest as I can in this review, but of course I have some friendship bias. :) ------- Let me start by saying that I think Damaged Goods has something for everyone: for the atheist feminist wanting to know more about purity culture, for the "Jesus Feminist" tryi … [Read more...]

Dragons Are Real! Therefore Women Must Submit!: The Creation Museum’s Hidden Agendas

I recently took a trip to the Creation Museum. That's right. If you haven't heard, there's an entire museum in Kentucky dedicated to teaching people that evolution is wrong, and the earth (and all of the life on it) was created by God in six literal days, less than 10,000 years ago. If you want to know what kind of messages the museum is pushing, check out my recent post, 16 Things That Happened When I Went To The Creation Museum.I have to admit that sometimes I wonder whether or not it's … [Read more...]

#TheNewPacifism: Preston Sprinkle, and the Cost of “Privileged Pacifism”

It's that time of year again! My friend Rod is hosting the second annual #TheNewPacifism synchroblog over at Political Jesus. This synchroblog is for starting new conversations about pacifism, in light of privilege, injustice, and the intersections of gender, race, class, queerness, and other factors. Last year I contributed with my series on Privileged Pacifism. I have a few posts up my sleeve this year as well, and here's the first.Be sure to check out #TheNewPacifism! This year's theme … [Read more...]


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