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February 06, 2019
Disrupting Christian Patriarchy: Isn’t It About Time?
In July 1934, the deacons met at First Baptist Church Elm Mott, a Southern Baptist...
January 15, 2019
12 Books by Women You Should Read This Year
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Disrupting Evangelical Biblical Womanhood
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October 17, 2018
Why I am Speaking Out for Evangelical Women
The same afternoon Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, one of my friends sent...
October 09, 2018
Highlights from the 2018 Conference on Faith and History
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My First Sermon: The Faith of a Woman
I teach and research sermons. Two weeks ago, on September 11, I had the privilege...
September 19, 2018
Surviving the Academic Job Market Part 2: Interviewing Well
I have served on academic faculty since 2003. I have participated in a LOT of...
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Surviving the Academic Job Market: Two Baylor History Success Stories
It is difficult to achieve a full-time faculty appointment in History. A 2017 article in...
August 22, 2018
There And Back Again: Advice For History PhD Students
I am afraid of heights. I first realized it when I was 16. I had...
August 08, 2018
Here We Go Again: Willow Creek and Pastoral Accountability
I was sitting on a picnic bench outside of the Navajo Nation capital when I...
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To Submit or Not to Submit? A Medieval Woman’s Tale….
It was a bright, sunny day in King's Lynn last week. A faint breeze of...
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Losing Our (Medieval) Religion? The Cost of Not Teaching History…..
Seventeen years ago I stood in this exact spot--only then, the gate was locked. I...
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The Value of Failure in Graduate School
This is from my Anxious Bench archives. I currently am leaving for a research trip...
June 13, 2018
Sorry, John Piper, (Medieval) Christianity Doesn’t Have A Masculine Feel
A carved image, about two feet tall, stands alone in a glass case in the...
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The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites in Europe
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Paige Patterson Is My Fault, Too
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May 16, 2018
Is There Hope for Evangelical Women?
My daughter and I were walking our new puppy when my phone buzzed. It was...
May 02, 2018
The Myth of Biblical Womanhood?
In 2012, Rachel Held Evans—a New York Times bestselling author of American Christianity--wrote a stunningly...
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Paul Interrupted: A Medieval Perspective
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Calling Out Sexual Harassment: The Implications Of Complementarianism
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It’s Time to Stop Using Paul Against Women: A Short Reading List
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