12 Reasons Why You Can Totally Call God “Mother”

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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...]

Liberating Liturgies: Anselm of Canterbury, and Jesus Our Mother

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Today's Liberating Liturgy comes from an interesting source: Anselm of Canterbury, a monk who lived from 1033-1109 C.E.  I found this Liberating Liturgy quoted in She Who Is, by Elizabeth A. Johnson (pg 151--emphasis mine): But you too, good Jesus, are you not also a mother?Are you not a mother who like a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings? ....And you, my soul, dead in yourself,run under the wings of Jesus your motherand lament your griefs under his feathers.Ask that y … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: A Creed and a Call

A Creed... Recently, while at work, I was thinking about the Apostles’ Creed, and how I cannot say the words in it anymore and actually mean them. So, when I got home from work, I sat down and rewrote it. I decided to share my rewritten creed on Facebook. I’d already rewritten and shared a few Bible verses in a similar manner, and my friend Rod asked when I was going to turn these into blog posts. Well, there’s no time like the present. Here’s what I wrote:I believe in God, our Mother Bea … [Read more...]

Purity Culture Doesn’t Want Men To Stop Getting Sex: It Wants Women To Stop Getting Power

Yesterday, I stumbled across an interesting blog post by David Murrow of "Church For Men." Interesting in that it is revealing of the way Christian purity culture operates.Purity Culture claims to be an anti-sex movement, but it's really not. As I've pointed out before, in purity culture is often all about sex...in marriage. Just take a gander at Mark Driscoll's infamous "Can We ____?" chapter of his book Real Marriage wherein he extols the virtues of marital sex--even oral sex, anal sex, and … [Read more...]

No, We’re Not All On The Same Side

"Why are you arguing with me? We're on the same side!" I've heard this a lot, from so many different groups--from feminists, from Christians, from progressives/liberals, and from LGBTQ circles.It's often accompanied by similar phrases like, "Let's focus on the real enemy here," and "We're wasting our energy infighting!"It's interesting how many people from how many different groups assume I'm on "their side."I don't like this phrase.I don't think everyone who uses it has ma … [Read more...]

#Marissa418: White Feminists, It’s Time To Question Our Trust In The Police

Carceral feminism tells us that the state is capable of reform and pushed women to rely on state services for protection from gender violence, despite the state being the biggest perpetrator of gender violence both here and abroad. Focusing on the safety of white women has led to policies such as Stop-and-Frisk and Stand Your Ground laws that have led to criminalization of people of color. We truly can not expect a system of violence to be the solution for ending violence. Prison abolition is … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Still Hates Women. Apology Not Accepted

Content Note: Mark Driscoll, sexism, homophobia, transmisogyny There’s a good chance you’ve heard by now that someone recently dug up some conversations that mega-church pastor Mark Driscoll had on a Mars Hill message board way back in 2000, under the pseudonym of William Wallace II. If you haven’t heard you can catch up at Matthew Paul Turner or Rachel Held Evans' place. You're probably all sick of hearing about this by now and like, "Ugh, I don't want to read another blog post about this." If … [Read more...]

#FaithFeminisms: I Know God Because I Know Feminism

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I've heard many Christian feminists say that they are a feminist because of Jesus—because of their Christianity. I think that's great. It's not my story, however. I am not a feminist because of Jesus. I am a Christian because of feminism..Before I began to view my Christian faith through a feminist lens, I was convinced that there was no redeeming it. I grew up in conservative Christian fundamentalism, going to a church and Christian high school that I consider abusive and cult-like. Even a … [Read more...]

“Bush Vs. Beard Contest:” Misogyny in Jesus Feminist Men

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I'm glad that mainstream Evangelical Christianity is starting to talk about feminism and women's rights. I really am. I smile whenever I go into Barnes and Noble and see Jesus Feminism or A Year Of Biblical Womanhood on the same shelf as works by Mark Driscoll and Joshua Harris. It gives me some hope for humanity.But progressive evangelicals/post-evangelicals need to stop pretending that, just because we read Rachel Held Evan's blog everyday, or held up a sign that said, "....and I am a Jesu … [Read more...]

This Guy Broke Up With His Girlfriend Using Only Memes (And I’m Not Laughing)

[Content Note: Death Threats, Shootings, Violence Against Women]Sometimes I click on click-bait. I admit it. Sometimes I eat Taco Bell too. As you could probably guess, I often regret both shortly thereafter. I didn't eat a waffle taco this morning, but I did click on that story that's been going around about Kane Zipperman, teenage guy who broke up with his girlfriend using memes.And yes, I regretted it.At first I just closed the tab and rolled my eyes and went about my day as … [Read more...]


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