Category Archives: religion

Grace in the Valley of Baka

This is one of my favorite passages from the Psalms, specifically from Psalm 84, one of the Psalms of Ascent: Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley … Continue reading

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A footnote on modesty: for my children

There are definitely pitfalls in the teaching of modesty, and I appreciate you opening them up for consideration and discussion. In the past such criticism has made me uncomfortable, firstly because I fear a straw-man representation of the culture I … Continue reading

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A footnote on modesty: Why no one gets to drop the mic

I received more responses than usual to the modesty post, both here and on Facebook.  Thank you!  Some of you had follow up questions challenging me to propose an alternative to what I was critiquing, especially in regard to parenting.  … Continue reading

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Talking back to patriarchy, part 4: Joining the great modesty debate

In the last year or so there have been approximately two million blog posts on modesty.  This post will make it two million and one.  Approximately.  These posts are not about the kind of modesty that deflects praise – “Oh, … Continue reading

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Talking back to patriarchy, part 3: It all comes down to authority

“But saints are those who are obliged to come to terms with authority structures which come from the hand of God.” – Sarah Faith Schlissel, “Daddy’s Girl” Consider the case of Sarah Faith Schlissel.  The quote above, offering a definition … Continue reading

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Talking back to patriarchy, part 2: Watch your language!

Complementarian, egalitarian, Christian feminist, biblical patriarchy…do you automatically attach negative connotations to any of those words?  Or positive?  Do any of them sound hopelessly arcane, or jargony?  I tossed around all of those terms in my last post and I … Continue reading

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Talking back to patriarchy

Last week I had the great pleasure of joining a group of Cornerstone friends in Indianapolis.  We decided that the end of the fest didn’t have to be the end of us, and so we had an Imaginarium Meetup, organized … Continue reading

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With Exodus International’s Announcement, the Ex-gay Dominoes Keep Falling

When the impending closure of Exodus International was announced on June 19, it felt as if the staggering giant of ex-gay “reparative therapy” ministries had finally collapsed.  Exodus International was an institution among evangelical Christians; a 37 year old ministry … Continue reading

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Did I overshare? Have some links.

It got really quiet last week, after I put up that last post.  Maybe I should have given that one a bit more forethought, at least before sharing it on Facebook. Oh, well, what’s done is done.  I’m putting together … Continue reading

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My comments were deleted (so I’m writing a post instead)

This is a first for me, I think.  I posted two comments at Christianity Today online, in response not to the article about the Boy Scouts’ policy change, but to other comments.  A couple of days later, poof, they were … Continue reading

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