I’ve prayed my whole life. Sometimes with real dedication and discipline, but more often casually and in passing. I’ve read books and articles about prayer. I’ve studied what scripture says about prayer. I’ve heard countless sermons and supposed explanations regarding prayer. I still don’t understand prayer. Not all prayer, though. Some kinds of prayerContinue reading “I don’t understand prayer”
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”
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?”
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”
I don’t know where to start. I hate the very question. I am a run-away balloon floating out of sight. I am a puff of dandelion seeds. I am a dust cloud that will soon dissipate into nothing. My home is a bubble that burst long ago. My tribe is a diaspora of ghosts. MyContinue reading “Where are you from?”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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