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Post-Roe thoughts from the messy political middle

Being in the political middle is messy as it is lonely. I don’t have mutual respect for both dominant parties in the United States; I despise them both for a myriad for reasons (don't worry, I have great love for my Democrat and Republican friends). Voting for the last few years has been a stomach-churning… Continue reading Post-Roe thoughts from the messy political middle

Theology

What Jesus Taught Me About Trauma

“If you’re still dealing with trauma and depression, what does that say about Jesus?” This was said to me by a colleague in one of my seminary classes – a counseling seminary class. That was ten years ago, and I still think about it.  Unfortunately, it’s not an isolated opinion. I’ve encountered many Christians who… Continue reading What Jesus Taught Me About Trauma

Social Issues, Theology

No one passes the ideological “purity test”

As a long-time fan of Elizabeth I, I was excited to see the trailer for the upcoming biopic Becoming Elizabeth. Yes, Hollywood definitely has an obsession with the Tudors, and it’s high time that they direct their focus to other interesting, underrepresented women in history (and non-European ones at that). But am I still going… Continue reading No one passes the ideological “purity test”

Social Issues, Theology

So begins a month of terrible “hot takes”

June is a month of “hot takes” because it’s gay pride month. By “hot takes,” I mean short, snappy social media posts that are not intended to start meaningful conversation, but rather to earn the admiration of those who already agree and annoy or vilify those who don’t.  In June there are two types of… Continue reading So begins a month of terrible “hot takes”

Social Issues, Theology

Overturning Roe Isn’t Enough To Eradicate A Culture Of Death

Does anyone care what I think about the increasingly likely possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade? Likely not. I’m admittedly quite hesitant to add my voice to all the noise on the internet right now.  In my social media feeds, I see two prevailing perspectives: one from conservatives who are celebrating, and one from liberals… Continue reading Overturning Roe Isn’t Enough To Eradicate A Culture Of Death

Theology

Emotions And Experiences Make Terrible Hermeneutics

The online world of deconstructing Christians is a sad one. In private Facebook groups and DMs, I read story after story of adult children being disowned by their parents for coming out of the closet; rape victims being forced to apologize for “adultery” before their congregation; abused wives told by pastors to endure beatings like… Continue reading Emotions And Experiences Make Terrible Hermeneutics

Theology

Rethinking Sex, Celibacy, And Abundant Life

I’m currently reading The Thrill of the Chaste by Dawn Eden. I read it before when it was first published in 2007, but this is an updated edition in which Eden, who was born Jewish, describes more of her journey to becoming Catholic. I’m naturally a sucker for these stories, so I had to buy… Continue reading Rethinking Sex, Celibacy, And Abundant Life

Theology

From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: a story of doubt to faith

I became a Christian in the fall of 2008, after growing up in a liberal Jewish household. You would think that someone who made such an extreme conversion would have a great deal of certainty about her faith. But from about 2013 to 2017, I was basically an agnostic. I believed in God, but didn’t… Continue reading From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: a story of doubt to faith

Theology

How To Love Your Hostage Neighbor

You may have seen the viral video of a group of Christians singing worship songs on an airplane. While some people are criticizing those who were offended, the Jewish side of me raises an eyebrow at the whole thing. That's because I know how it would have affected me if I were on that plane… Continue reading How To Love Your Hostage Neighbor

Theology

What’s Amazing About Grace? Everything

I’ve been reading Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace? I’m normally a fast reader, finishing at least two books a week, but this one is so heavy on the topics of grace and forgiveness that I’m forcing myself to slow down. But it’s a slower read for me because it’s bringing up some personal… Continue reading What’s Amazing About Grace? Everything