February 28, 2020

Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Peretti has realized that detonating massive explosions in caves is dangerous. It’s odd. But first, we get a mind numbing description of Bill’s preparations with his explosives.  Click through to read more! Read more

February 27, 2020

I don’t know how much of our understanding of PMS-induced mood swings is based in a physical scientifically identifiable fact and how much is simply a social framework we have created for understanding experiences we have. I do know that viewing your hormones as your enemy sounds stressful. Viewing strong emotions or stress as an opening for sin to enter your life—rather than as something you should pay attention to and work to alleviate—also sounds stressful.  Click through to read more! Read more

February 26, 2020

In Mississippi, prosecutors are elected and can’t be removed for misconduct. If a prosecutor engages in misconduct, the voters are supposed to remove him. Not so, in Winona, Mississippi, where white people keep re-electing the same white prosecutor no matter how much evidence comes up that he has engaged in serious misconduct. In my youthful idealism, I had assumed that things like this didn’t happen.  Click through to read more! Read more

February 25, 2020

Answers in Genesis is very very concerned about what you think of climate change. At root is a pretty simple issue: the Bible does not foretell a global climate catastrophe. Instead, it foretells a period of geological stability leading up to the tribulation and end times, when a laundry list of plagues will be poured out on society. How, then, is a good Bible believing Christian to view climate change? Answers in Genesis has answers. Sort of.  Click through to read more! Read more

February 24, 2020

I’m used to seeing patriarchal authors frame women’s disinterest in sex when they’re tired as “making excuses,” language Lori does use here. But Lori then says that these excuses “are simply another way to control their husbands.” Control. What does it mean in this context? If I don’t want to have sex because I’m tired, I don’t want to have sex because I’m tired. I’m not using that to “control” my husband. Unless… Click through to read more! Read more

February 22, 2020

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier! Click through to read more! Read more

February 21, 2020

Jay and Gozan were so intent on the seismometer that they didn’t see what happened to Lila, until she finally screamed. At that point, they see what’s happening run toward her, but the white-haired man has already carried her a great distance. Not to worry, though! The white-haired man isn’t actually trying to kidnap her. He’s trying to rescue her.  Click through to read more! Read more

February 20, 2020

If straight women are indeed marrying gay men because they’re nice while straight men are assholes—the problem Dallas is presumably addressing in his book—that might be a good reason to reassess evangelical teachings on men and gender and start socializing straight men to be nice. But Dallas doesn’t think straight men are assholes because they’re socialized to be assholes. No, like so many other evangelical leaders, he thinks men are assholes because they’re men, and that’s how men are wired. Click through to read more! Read more

February 19, 2020

If you spend a generation (and more, probably) encouraging Christian guys who think they’re probably gay but don’t want to be (because of hellfire of course) to marry straight women, you’re going to end up with at least some of them later realizing they can’t pull off the charade and getting divorces. It’s kind of how this works.  Click through to read more! Read more

February 18, 2020

Wilkins is writing to address a specific problem: many Christians desperately want to know what God wants them to do, when faced with major life decisions. Should they take this job, or that? What they decide will affect the course of their lives, and the Old Testament is full of cases where God speaks directly to people and tells them what to do. It’s only natural that evangelical Christians faced with major decisions would want to know what God wants them to do.  Click through to read more! Read more

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