December 5, 2018

  Before getting into how a woman’s body functions, it’s helpful to understand the equipment we’re dealing with. I frequently run into men—and plenty of women—who were never taught basic female anatomy. This information is important for women and men. Even if you don’t have a vagina, someone you care about probably does, and the more you understand about women’s bodies, the better you’ll be able to advocate for women you care about. This post will focus on primary genitalia…. Read more

December 3, 2018

I don’t remember Thanksgiving 1999. I’ve tried to pull some shadow of a memory forward from that day, but there’s nothing. I remember uneventful Thanksgivings from when I was growing up in Texas and the year I had the stomach flu in Indiana. I have memories of every Thanksgiving before and after that year, but there’s nothing from 1999. I don’t think we celebrated it that year. There wasn’t much to celebrate, honestly. My family had just moved in with… Read more

November 28, 2018

I’m consistently surprised by just how little Christians tend to know about sex or the female body. For two things we usually obsess over, you’d think we’d understand both better. Many of us grew up in homes where talking openly about our bodies was considered crude or sinful, so we shy away from it. But it’s neither. We’re created in the image of God. How can talking about our bodies in a way that honors them be sinful? I can’t… Read more

November 26, 2018

If we want to fight sex abuse in the church, the first step is educating ourselves. We have to understand what abuse is and how predators operate. I asked Cyndie Randall, MA, LLPC to answer some questions so we can be better equipped to fight this evil. As you read, look out for links to resources she’s provided for us so we can learn even more. We hear a lot about sexual abuse, but sometimes people have different definitions of that. How… Read more

November 13, 2018

I was ten when my parents discovered Mennonites in northern Indiana. I have clear memories of their conversion process. My father worked all day, then stayed up late at night to read Anabaptism: Neither Catholic nor Protestant. The memory of walking into the dungeon room at Menno-Hof and hearing a hymn rise up out of a pit in the floor is something I’ll never shake. And I remember how excited my father was when my grandparents came up to visit… Read more

November 11, 2018

I tried to make it to Mass this weekend. We got one of those November snowfalls I’m somehow always surprised by, even though I’ve lived up north for most of my adult life. I wasn’t going to let some slushy and icy roads slow me down, though. My car is iffy these days, so I asked to borrow one of my parents’ vans. The night before, the muffler fell off one of the vans (because of course it did), so… Read more

November 6, 2018

A friend of mine recently wrapped up a six-month online social experiment on ministry and gender. Since I’m very interested in how gender biases can impact who we do and don’t listen to, I’m so thankful she agreed to let me interview her. She and I have found homes in different Christian traditions, but her experiment gives all of us plenty to think about. Reverend Melissa Fain is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. She has a BA in Music… Read more

October 23, 2018

I didn’t grow up in the Catholic church, so I’m not sure how big of an impact someone like Joshua Harris had on Catholic teenagers. I do know he had a huge impact within the evangelical world. I was sixteen when I Kissed Dating Goodbye came out. Before that, boys and girls in my church were expected to stay chaste. After that book came out, we were expected to stop having human thoughts and emotions. If I held a boy’s… Read more

October 15, 2018

It’s the first anniversary of #MeToo going viral. Last week was the 19th anniversary of the night a man broke into my home and set my bed on fire. This week is the 19th anniversary of the day I dropped out of college, which cost me a full scholarship, so my family and I could move out of state and out of that man’s reach. And that’s not even the experience I was thinking of when I posted #MeToo last… Read more

October 14, 2018

They said I was a morbid kid. Other kids wanted to visit Six Flags. I wanted to visit cemeteries. I don’t know how my fascination with death began. It might have grown out of all those times I heard my mother and I had almost died when I was born. I’ve always known I almost wasn’t. It could be because one of my earliest memories involves the death of a family member. Or because there was a family story about… Read more

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