More Like N.T. Wrong, Amirite?: How N.T. Wright’s Bigotry Causes Him To Contradict His Own Theology

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In case you haven't heard, N.T. Wright--author of theology books such as Surprised By Hope and Simply Christian, and former Bishop of Durham--recently did an interview in which he compared people who support marriage equality to Nazis and Soviet Communists. Nazis. And Soviet Communists. While I'm not surprised that Wright is not on board with marriage equality (he's brought up his opposition to LGB people in several other places), I was a little shocked to hear a man who is … [Read more...]

A Benediction for My Fellow Queer Christians

For personal safety reasons, I'm going to ask anyone who chooses to share this post to please not tag me on any social media sites. Thank you.   ______________ It's not a sin to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. And I don't mean it like some folk mean it--"It's not a sin to be gay! Just to act on your gayness." To quote my grandmother-in-law, "That's horse piss!" Acting gay, lesbian, or bisexual--finding members of your own sex attractive; crushing on, dating, marrying, flirting with, … [Read more...]

What if God cares more about sexism than about how much you masturbate?

This is an image from the Jack Chick tract, "This Was Your Life" (h/t Nathan Redfield)

  "You may think your sins don't hurt anyone...but it hurts GOD." If you grew up in an evangelical or fundamentalist church, there's a good chance you heard this phrase growing up. I know I did. This was the phrase that pastors liked to whip out to counter this "liberal" idea that a sin is something that does harm in the world and hurts other people. In fact, these "don't harm anyone but GOD" sins are the ones evangelical Christians always seemed most concerned with (note: I … [Read more...]

Privilege in Christian Pacifism: What Counts as Violence?

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This is my third piece in a series about the problems that privilege brings to Christian pacifist movements. I'm linking this series up to h00die_R's synchroblog on the topic--The New Pacifism. Be sure to check out the other posts in my series here, and here.  I've already talked about privileged pacifism's tendency to take scenarios where violence might occur and treat them as thought exercises where they can fantasize about how they'd respond to that violence. I mentioned in this post that … [Read more...]

Must Reads!

Princess Buttercup, making a yawn by Sam Moon

Here are some important and/or interesting recent posts from around the blogosphere. Also, as always, I will include an adorable picture of one of my cats. Enjoy! "A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism" by Feminists Fighting Transphobia What we all have in common is the conviction that feminism should welcome trans* people, and that trans* people are essential to feminism’s mission to advocate for women and other people oppressed, exploited, and otherwise marginalized by … [Read more...]

From the archives: A Church “Building Project” that Made a Difference

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This post was originally published on December 7, 2012 Many churches get super excited about building projects. These projects are supposed to represent big changes to the church, new ideas, progress, and relevance. Even the fundamentalist churches I've attended got excited about building projects, though these usually involved new gymnasiums where we could play the A.W.A.N.A "run around the circle and then go in for the beanbag" games rather than stadium seats or new stages for the … [Read more...]

A church “building project” that made a difference

Many churches get super excited about building projects. These projects are supposed to represent big changes to the church, new ideas, progress, and relevance. Even the fundamentalist churches I've attended got excited about building projects, though these usually involved new gymnasiums where we could play the A.W.A.N.A "run around the circle and then go in for the beanbag" games rather than stadium seats or new stages for the worship band. Still, the idea is the same. If we build THIS, … [Read more...]

“A New Creation:” Christianity and trans* rights

Before I start this blog post, some definitions for anyone not familiar with trans* issues! According to wikipedia, "transgender is the state of one's gender identity (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching one's assigned sex (identification by others as male, female or intersex based on physical/genetic sex)." A transgender person is someone who doesn't believe the gender they were assigned at birth accurately describes them.  Gender identity is different than … [Read more...]

Dan Cathy’s lifestyle.

  A week and a half after the infamous Chick-fil-A Day, this quote by Rick Warren is still making it's rounds on the internets. Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. It's been a couple of years since I actually held the conviction … [Read more...]

Not them. Us.

This week, Amendment One passed in North Carolina. We all know this by now, I'm sure. And we all know who is responsible. I don't know what we Christians hope to accomplish. Even if you believe same-sex marriage is wrong (I personally do not think there is anything wrong with same-sex relationships--here is why. Please don't waste your time trying to argue it with me in the comments section because I've made a well-researched decision and you're not going to change my mind at this point), what … [Read more...]


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