Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Melinda Cadwallader on Getting Naked

All summer long, I’ll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called “Smokin’ Hot Conversations.” These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Earlier this week I asked a question about whether modesty can be redeemed, and I loved Melinda Cadwallader's answer. So she joins us this week to expand on her view of redeeming modesty, especi … [Read more...]

A Modest Question

Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook I asked this question:Do you think it's possible to "redeem" the idea of modesty? Or has rape culture rendered it useless/harmful?The responses were just wonderful. Here are some of them:Leaning towards "not possible":Leaning towards "possible" with qualifications:Finally, this iced Americano fueled string of tweets from Amy Martin:Also see this post today by Rachel Held Evans over at Q Ideas. It clarifies a lot of … [Read more...]

Gospel Otherness: the Liturgical Shape of Mission

Recently on social media I've made a few comments like this: And this:I've also elaborated to include the idea that mission can quickly become misshapen when it is abstracted from the worship gathering where formation takes place. In other words, all of those missional strategies that pit the church "going out into the world" against the church "attracting people to itself" are misguided. They make critical assumptions about what exactly the church gathering entails … [Read more...]

The Exodus of Exodus: Paradigms & Possibility

By now, the big news from Exodus International, to the tune that they are sorry and they are shutting down, is old news in the blogosphere. The conversation has turned from reporting to opinion: Just what does all this mean? Is this apology enough - or even close to enough? Is it some kind of PR cover for reorganizing an institution to market itself more successfully to a changing culture? Is it really just the same old homophobia in sheep's clothing?Or is it a meaningful, important shift - … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Osheta Moore on the Church Planter’s Wife

All summer long, I’ll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called “Smokin’ Hot Conversations.” These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Osheta Moore joins us this week with a post about being a church planter's wife - or is it a church planter? - in the Greater Boston area. She’s also a mom of three and a brilliant blogger. Lear … [Read more...]

The Secret to Breakthrough

One night before bedtime, my three year old Gemma and I were talking and the subject of worrying came up. It was a teachable moment, so I put on my best dad-to-kid pontificating voice and explained the concept ever so wisely. I carefully conveyed that we all worry sometimes, and that's OK. It was all going so well until Gemma interrupted:Gemma: Do you worry sometimes?Me: Yeah.Gemma: Well, you just have to be patient, Daddy. You just have to wait.Me: ...Teachable moment, … [Read more...]

Richard Rohr on Homosexuality & Fundamentalism

The following is from Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation yesterday:In recent years and elections one would have thought that homosexuality and abortion were the new litmus tests of authentic Christianity. Where did this come from? They never were the criteria of proper membership for the first 2000 years, but reflect very recent culture wars instead. And largely from people who think of themselves as “traditionalists”! (The fundamentals were already resolved in the early Apostles’ Creed and Nicene … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Elizabeth Morrow on Modesty

All summer long, I’ll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called “Smokin’ Hot Conversations.” These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Elizabeth Morrow joins us this week with a post about modesty messages in the church, which often become harmful and may even perpetuate rape culture. She’s a style blogger from Tacoma, WA, and … [Read more...]

Patton Oswalt & Prodigal Sam – A Love Story

Have you heard about that thing that happened with that comedian Patton Oswalt and that dude on Twitter who does funny tweets called @prodigalsam?How Sam supposedly, like, stole a bunch of jokes from other Twitter comedians and so somebody made a Tumblr about it and then Patton Oswalt started calling Sam a "thieving hack" and stuff? And then this giant controversy broke out on Twitter and in the media and even Salon did an interview with Sam to get his side of the story? And then Sam quit … [Read more...]

One Hell of a Motivator

graphic: sebastien cuypersLet's be honest: blogging about hell just isn't that hot anymore.Love Wins is now well over two years old. The battle lines over North American (mainly, neo-reformed) evangelical orthodoxy have been drawn in bold print and ALL CAPS. Universalism, however "hopeful" it may be, has been roundly condemned, if not dismissed, as a heterodox innovation for wussy coward Christians who just don't have the spine for preaching a Jesus who doubles as a concentration camp … [Read more...]


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