Parenting, a Fender Bender, and Racial Bias

Image provided by author of blogpost: Dr. Joani Lea Jack and daughter, Gracie At the tail-end of a Sunday-afternoon nap, I was awakened by the sound of sleet. My first thoughts were of the yuckiness of snow and sleet in March… followed very quickly by the panicked realization that 16 year old was out somewhere [Read More…]

7 Ways to Read the Bible that Lift Up Children

Children play many roles within biblical stories. They do many good, brave acts: for example, the prophetic critique of Miriam, the courageous speech of Samuel, and the faith of Naaman’s slave girl. Children also do much evil: consider the sibling abuse inflicted by Cain on his brother Abel, the money-lust of the servant boy Gehazi, [Read More…]

Beauty and the Beast for Unfundamentalist Parenting

Image from Disney Like millions of others, I joined adoring fans at the theaters the first chance I could to watch Disney’s remake of the classic, Beauty and the Beast. I loved ‘almost’ everything about it—the cast was solid—I was delighted to see beloved actors like Ian McClellan, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson appear as [Read More…]

A Lesbian Mother and the Canaanite Woman

Image provided by guest contributor, Candice Czubernat We are a mommy-momma household. And we have twins. Everywhere we go, people talk to us. Questions that quickly feel vulnerable and exposing to me. There’s usually a progression to the questions; names of the babies, ages and that’s about where the conversation takes a turn into the [Read More…]

Kids & Theology Q&R: Prayer, Fundamentalism, & Conflict Management

Below are some written responses to questions asked in a Q&R session last fall at GRACEPOINTE Church in Franklin, TN. A link to the full video is provided at the end of this article. Question 1: What do you do when prayers and religious rituals become overdone and meaningless for you but your kids still ask [Read More…]

Unfundamentalist Resources for Babies/Toddlers

I am a minister and educator and although I am passionate about religious education, the person I was most afraid to teach was my daughter. I was afraid of emphasizing the wrong things. Of passing on fundamentalism. Of indoctrinating her to a certain way of thinking. Most of all, I was unsure about how to [Read More…]

Why ‘Biblical’ Parenting is Horrible Parenting

Image: Pixabay I posed a question in my parenting Facebook Group, “If Jesus had children, would he have spanked them?” The overwhelming immediate responses were, “no,” “heck no,” “if he did, I could not follow him anymore.” Understandably, because it is near impossible to reconcile the loving, peace-making, power-giving image of Jesus with one who [Read More…]

Revisiting Adam and Eve

“The snake was the most clever of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. The snake spoke to the woman and said, ‘Woman, did God really tell you that you must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ The woman answered the snake, ‘No, we can eat fruit from the trees [Read More…]

The Shack, the Movie – Part 2

This is part 2 of exploring Unfundamentalist Parenting in The Shack, the Movie. You can read part 1 here. *Spoiler Alert* A second element of unfundamentalist parenting in The Shack is the appearance of Papa as a woman—Octavia Spencer portrays God as a very huggable black Momma. Why does Papa appear as a woman of color? [Read More…]

Every Christian is a Universalist at Baby Funerals

  Image: Pixabay I would argue, practically speaking (perhaps not theologically), every Christian is a universalist at a funeral because I’ve never heard an eulogy describing how the person in the casket is burning in hell to the mourners. But especially at a child’s funeral—no one could fathom that a child who meets their tragic [Read More…]