In the next coming days, your social media feeds will likely be inundated with posts from Christians eager to defend their religion against the stain of the white supremacists who stormed Charlottesville, Virgina, this weekend. They'll use the hashtag #NotAllChristians. They'll remind you, for the umpteenth time in two thousand years, that "real" Christians aren't … Continue reading ‘Not All Christians’ needs to go
For a magazine whose demographic is liberal Jewish women, I was rather surprised by the responses to the article “Please Stop Asking Me ‘Are You Even Jewish’?” that was recently shared on Lilith's Facebook page. The author, Alyssa Weinstein, was raised by interfaith parents: an Episcopalian mother, and a Reform Jewish father. Though Weinstein’s mother … Continue reading “You can’t sit with us,” Jewish edition
To be honest, I’m a little annoyed by all these alarmist-sounding “Why are millennials leaving the church in droves?!” kinds of articles. Okay, not all of them are quite so alarmist. More like…concerned. There are sources that want to understand, like this one here, and Christian groups that just want a new demographic to make … Continue reading Are millennials leaving church? I don’t know, but here’s why I did
Last week I had the opportunity and privilege to appear on The Daily Author podcast, with host Richard Keller of Wooden Pants Publishing. I answered questions about the indie publishing process (a term I prefer over "self publishing," because no one truly publishes anything by themselves!) and about my two memoirs, Confessions of a Prodigal … Continue reading My first podcast
This is the easiest way to become a pariah in American Christendom: Become a famous Christian mommy blogger Get divorced Get remarried — to a woman Such is the story of Glennon Doyle Melton, whose recent marriage to soccer star Abby Wambach rocked her career like a president found guilty of conspiring with Russia. A … Continue reading Response to Glennon Doyle Melton’s same-sex marriage reveals evangelical hypocrisy
Someone recently shared this article from the Washington Post on Facebook, with the additional commentary: “This is why (so-called) progressive Christians shouldn't scratch their heads wondering how so many Christians voted for the Donald. They did so, possibly and for some definitely, because the enemy of their enemy seemed a friend. I neither voted for … Continue reading How Christians vote: Stick it to Hillary, or WWJD?
See also: Brio, a Christian magazine for teen girls, is back (and as harmful as ever) Just a few months ago, Focus on the Family revealed that Brio, their magazine for teen girls, would be back in circulation. For those who grew up reading it in the 1990s and early 2000s, news of its revival … Continue reading Brio Magazine still culturally tone-deaf about dating
This is an open letter of sorts for everyone wondering why I’ve changed; “everyone” including my friends from various churches, bible studies, and small groups. You don’t “get” me anymore. You think I’ve “backslidden.” I get it. Not too long ago, I’d have thought the exact same thing. But I must digress. In many ways, … Continue reading Once you’re woke, you can’t go back to sleep
If you were a Christian teen growing up in the ’90s and early 2000s, then you might have had a subscription to Focus on the Family’s Brio Magazine, best described as a godly version of Seventeen. Instead of quizzes like “How to Tell if he Likes You,” you’d find content like “How to Become a … Continue reading Brio, a Conservative Christian Magazine for Teen Girls, Is Back (And As Harmful As Ever)
If you have any exposure to Christianity, then no doubt you’ve heard the expression “biblical worldview.” On the surface, the phrase is self-explanatory: interpreting every aspect of life through the context of the Bible. Unfortunately, there are almost as many definitions of “biblical worldview” as there are Christians, and not every relevant social or political … Continue reading What does it mean to have a ‘biblical worldview’?