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?”

We all love a simple story

I’ve been reading about Sudan/South Sudan lately. If you aren’t aware, Sudan, which used to be one country before South Sudan seceded in 2011, has suffered repeated rounds of conflict and instability since its independence in the 1950’s. Two of those conflicts, the North-South war, which resulted in South Sudan’s birth as a separate country,Continue reading “We all love a simple story”

When Bad Systems Happen to Good People

I, like apparently everyone on planet earth, watched the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan. Honestly, I would watch Oprah interview a bowl of apples. I spent all of the nineties crying in front of the television with Oprah. Oprah has saved me thousands of dollars in therapy (to be clear, I have been toContinue reading “When Bad Systems Happen to Good People”

How is CRT unbiblical?

One thing that was always clear to me in my conservative Christian upbringing is that we preferred to talk about the sins of others more than our own. Even when discussing types of sin common in the church–divorce, fornication for instance–it was framed as an invasion of sorts, with believers captured by the pernicious ideasContinue reading “How is CRT unbiblical?”

And The Word Stayed on the Page

You quote me chapter and verse As if I’ve never read them. You can tell me with confidence What God thinks of my sin. You dish out the condemnation Like hot apple pie But only your piece tastes sweet. I’m a problem A category A person to manage Contain Exclude. The Lord’s table isn’t openContinue reading “And The Word Stayed on the Page”

Vertigo

All of this, all of this can be yours Just give me what I want and no one gets hurt –U2, “Vertigo,” How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb One of my least favorite aspects of missionary kid-dom was our family being “special” almost everywhere we went. Except in the rarified world of other missionaries/missionary kids,Continue reading “Vertigo”

The Three Words That Set Me Free

I don’t know. This was not something I felt I could say earlier in my faith. It was imperative to to always have an answer to any theological question. With Christian friends, I did minor battle over baptism, predestination, the rapture, what heaven would be like, speaking in tongues, whether you could lose your salvation,Continue reading “The Three Words That Set Me Free”