Anatomy of a Sin

Most people don’t make bad choices out of the blue. Sin has a backstory, an architecture, a recipe. It’s formed like rock, over time, each layer of sediment arising from a particular set of conditions. It takes shape slowly, and if you change one ingredient, the whole thing might look completely different. The casual onlookerContinue reading “Anatomy of a Sin”

Now What?

Things are afoot in Christian America, by the numbers, but also anecdotally. I have increasing numbers of friends who were raised evangelical but are now disillusioned with that culture. They are asking a lot of questions, reconsidering their beliefs, reexamining things.  This is a cultural phenomenon big enough to have a name–“deconstruction.” It has acceleratedContinue reading “Now What?”

I have a problem with hell

Among the things you aren’t supposed to say as an evangelical is that you really, really hope there is not a hell. But I really, really hope there is not, if I’m being honest. Hell is the centerpiece of evangelical faith. It’s why you become a Christian, to get out of hell. It’s why JesusContinue reading “I have a problem with hell”

Don’t know much about history

I remember the first time I saw her face. Not the day or the time or the setting, although I was definitely a graduate student at the time, pursuing a Ph.D. in American history. But what I remember most is the turn of my stomach. There were two battered, black bodies hanging in a treeContinue reading “Don’t know much about history”

You’re not here to kill the squirrels

Hi everyone, I am Chilo, a 10 year-old Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix, and before we proceed any further, let’s take a moment to observe how cute I am. That’s me chilling on my king size bed, in which I also allow two humans to sleep, because I am just that generous.  And yes, I am adorable.Continue reading “You’re not here to kill the squirrels”

Enlightened complementarians aren’t

One of the most the revolutionary books I’ve read in awhile is The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr. I certainly do hope this book has white evangelical women packing up their massive, snack-filled, sometimes bedazzled purses and heading for the exits. Because, WOW. She leaves absolutely no reason to stay standing upright.Continue reading “Enlightened complementarians aren’t”

There are other revelations to be had

I just saw yet another article about large numbers of white evangelicals who refuse to get vaccinated. This, of course, comes on the heels of a full year of white evangelical hostility to scientific advice and expertise surrounding COVID-19. And on the heels of over a century of opposition to numerous scientific theories, discoveries, andContinue reading “There are other revelations to be had”

And the truth shall set you free

I just finished reading Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Du Mez, which has taken some corners of American Christianity by storm in the last year. If you’ve not read it, her thesis in brief is that a militaristic, authoritarian brand of masculinity has been at the heart of the evangelical movement for decades andContinue reading “And the truth shall set you free”

Why am I still a Christian?

Every year, my evangelical boarding school in Kenya (Rift Valley Academy/RVA) had a week-long tent-revival. But without the tent.  They brought in a speaker from America, or sometimes Canada or Britain, to preach every night for a week, and also every day during chapel. He (because, obviously) was invariably some wannabe cool dude/80’s version ofContinue reading “Why am I still a Christian?”