3 Reasons the Church of England Decision is Right on Time

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On Monday, the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops of the Church after years of debate and division.And almost immediately, commentators began to complain.The complaints generally came in one of two forms. From the conservative side, this vote represents a tragic capitulation to culture and sacrifice of biblical principles, leading inevitably to eventual ordination of open LGBT people. From the progressive side, this vote is decades too late, proving just how behind the t … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot…Moms?

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Today I'm writing over at my church's #BelieveInPlace blog: My friend Stephanie Drury searches Twitter every Friday night for Christian men talking about going on “date night” with their “smokin’ hot wives.” There is literally an endless number of tweets that emerge from the search, using those exact words. Misogyny and objectification are cultural realities – we know this – but they are also Christian Cultural realities.So what does that mean for moms?To say nothing of the harmfulness o … [Read more...]

The Church is a Her: Why I Love the Ecclesia Effeminate

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For a while now, lots of preachers and pundits have been lamenting the feminization of the church. This begins with demographic studies that reflect a greater female participation than male, and continues with a condemnation of the broader "Omega male" culture that is giving men the permission to stay passive - and stay home on Sundays. Some prominent churches and ministries seem entirely predicated on the mission to draw men back into the fold by reinforcing "biblical" male roles and r … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Amy Thedinga on the Seduction Myth

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. Amy Thedinga joins us this week with a powerful post about the seduction myth perpetuated by many pastors. She's a third generation pastor's kid who has a story to tell, and she co-leads a … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Amy Martin on Attraction

I'm beginning a new 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. Amy Martin is kicking things off with this awesome post - thanks, Amy! She is a wife, mom, and blogger from Traverse City, Michigan. Learn more about her here.And if you'd like to contribute to this … [Read more...]

Three Complementarians & a Mutualist

[Warning: longish post. Also, Tom Selleck.]So now that Smokin' Hot Fest 2013 has died down somewhat, I figured I'd deliver on my promise to talk a little bit more about the theological root of the demeaning, misogynistic evangelical fruit that I surveyed in the first post on the topic.It's time, you guys. Time to talk about...complementarianism.Now, I know that the uninitiated will find that word cumbersome and confusing. Does this have something to do with complimenting people? … [Read more...]


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