Esther, Mark Driscoll, and using rape to control women

 [Trigger warning for rape apologism and Mark Driscoll quotes]Growing up, the book of Esther was always my favorite because it featured two very brave women.First, there was Vashti. I've loved Vashti ever since a grade school teacher came to class dressed up as Vashti and told us the story about how she had been exiled by the king because she asserted herself and refused to dance for the king's drunken friends. She was a brave woman who claimed her body as her own--rather than her t … [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 sexual … [Read more...]

Unseduced and Unshaken: A Book Review

   The following is a book review of Rosalie de Rosset's book, Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in a Young Woman's Choices. I've been given a copy of the book to give to one of my readers, so if you're interested in a free book, leave a comment!  When I first began reading Unseduced and Unshaken (which one of my twitter followers joked sounded like what you'd get when you played a James Bond film backwards), though there were a few aspects of it that made … [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...]

Why I believe (by someone who shouldn’t)–A guest post by Travis Mamone

I hope you all enjoyed Abe Kobylanski's guest post yesterday. Today, Travis Mamone discusses why he is still a Christian, even though atheism makes more sense. I hope you enjoy his post, and afterward, be sure to check out his blog, The Boy with the Thorn in His Side. I’ve been a Christian for almost twelve years. I go to church every Sunday. I know the Creeds and the Lord’s Prayer by heart. I can tell you which books are in the Old Testament and which are in the New Testament. And my iPod is f … [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...]

Never going back

Trigger Warning for AbuseI 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...]

Why I’m not signing a petition against Mark Driscoll

*Trigger Warning for rape and spiritual abuse (but don't worry--if you get upset, just click on any mention of Driscoll's name for an adorable fluffy bunny)*In case you're not as obsessed with the Christian blogosphere as I am, there's been a petition going around asking Liberty University to keep Mark Driscoll from speaking there. When I saw the petition being circulated by several progressive bloggers, you know this radical feminist had to check it out. So, I clicked, and I read and...(are … [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 were … [Read more...]

Tell us we’re not strong enough. But you’re wrong.

Some people out there say that Christianity is for men, because our God came to earth as a man. He was brutally executed on a cross and there was blood and guts and other bad-ass manly things. Some people think that, if the church gets too "feminized," we might replace Jesus with a Disney princess and the cross with a field of dandelions and the broken body and blood of Christ with chocolate milk and cupcakes.Yeah, some people think that way.I don't think those people know a lot about … [Read more...]


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