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...]

Stop breaking off pieces of yourself in the name of Biblical manhood or womanhood!

"Play your position!"I've read this illustration many times: " If a goalie on the soccer team spends all his energy trying to score a goal, he hurts his team because he's not playing his position."True, true. Great advice.But then they continue. They always continue. "You're a woman. You don't need to be doing man's work. You'll hurt your family if you're out pursuing a PhD instead of caring for your children. You'll hurt your family if you are being ambitious toward your own goals rather … [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...]

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...]

First Church of Sarah Moon

It's 1:11 pm on a Sunday and I'm still in bed. My first thought when I looked at the time was, "Hey, I'm 'lazin' on a Sunday afternoon!' My life is like a Queen song!" My second thought was a little bit of forced guilt for "sleeping through" church.I say "sleeping through" in quotes because, let's be honest, I didn't set an alarm.  And I say "forced guilt" because every time I realize that I've missed church, my knee-jerk reaction is overwhelming relief.Sometimes I tell myself that if church … [Read more...]


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