In Praise of the Doubting Thomas–A Book Review

My friend Travis Mamone has a new ebook out. It's called In Praise of the Doubting Thomas, and I recommend it. It's short, and I finished it in under two hours, but it's also thought-provoking and affirming. Travis, in his honest, conversational writing style, tells the story of his faith journey--how he made peace with his doubts without giving up on his faith. Travis's faith journey reminds me of my own (and, indeed, since we've been reading each other's blogs for a few years now, our … [Read more...]

Intangible Christianity

I was raised to believe that salvation was a shadow of things to come. An image of an otherworldly kingdom that could never be realized (even in part) on earth. Jesus' death on the cross was an ethereal magic trick... ...that somehow, in some way washed away our sins. But our sins were still here.  We still sinned. That didn't matter. They were washed away in the realm of the almighty. Covered somehow by a metaphorical river of blood. This was always explained as a "great mystery." … [Read more...]

Mother-Father God

I'm still reading through Sexism and God-Talk by Rosemary Radford Ruether, and seriously, y'all, this book is breathing new life into my dying faith. There's another quote I'd like to share with you all today because it feels particularly relevant to my life. Ruether is continuing her discussion of images of God--whether they reinforce existing hierarchies that oppress the weak and thus become idolatrous, or whether they empower the oppressed of society to find freedom by asserting that God … [Read more...]

Can you tell the difference?

An apparently all-powerful entity that crushes all those who rebel... ...that excessively blesses some while others starve to death. An entity that expects people to be thankful that the entity lets them live (provided they sacrifice the things they love the most) rather than destroying them completely due to an offense their distant ancestors committed. An entity that likes to take away the things people love the most to remind people how totally they are at its mercy. ..... Now, am I … [Read more...]

Fear or Love?

Growing up in a Fundamental Baptist high school, I heard some ridiculous arguments against feminism. My favorite goes something like this: Feminists secretly hate women! That's right! They hate women, and let me tell you why! They want women to be equal to men. That means, they think women don't need men. Feminists won't let men hold doors open for them or pay for their dates. And they won't let men protect them! Chivalry is DEAD because of feminists. That's right. Oh, and don't forget. … [Read more...]

Never going back

Trigger Warning for Abuse I used to be in an abusive relationship. Once, I broke up with him, and he threatened to kill me for it. I was in his car, and I told him I didn't want to be with him anymore. He decided that if I wouldn't be with him, I  couldn't be with anyone. So he gave me the choice: Change my mind and stay with him, or he would crash the car into a telephone pole. I forced him to take me home that day by threatening him with a crowbar I found on the floor of his car. But … [Read more...]

Our Mother who art in heaven…

I'm trying this new thing where I don't just think of God as a man. Where I get this image out of my head that God is an old man that looks like Gandalf and has Morgan Freeman's voice. Where I let God out of this box of masculinity that God's been confined to. It's difficult. The images of God that we focus on in the Bible are all quite masculine. God is a Father. God is a King. God as a husband. God is He and Him. And to complicate matters, the preachers that have always told me about God … [Read more...]

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...]

Sometimes I believe Mark Driscoll.

I'm sorry my writing has been so sporadic lately. I've been busy with school and I've been fighting off a particularly bad bout of depression for a few weeks now. I'll try to write as often as I can, but I need the extra rest lately. Thanks for understanding!  A couple of weeks ago, Mark Driscoll decided to preach a sermon telling people, "Some of you, God hates you," and I decided to forgive him for that. I wrote a post in which I decided that I was going to show God's love by loving Mark … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]


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