How To Avoid Teaching Men- Confusion Rocks the World Of Evangelical Women (Satirical, Part 1)

Writer’s Note There are many wonderful male leaders in the body of Christ. This is true because they have deep and abiding relationships with Jesus (the living Word). God has gifted and called them. Maleness did not prequalify them for it; Jesus’ life, death and resurrection made it possible. Jesus’s redeeming work is just as potent in women. And I firmly believe that he doesn’t confine himself to passive vocations (through females). After all, the Spirit blows where it pleases…

Mamas, Hold Your Children Tight- Guest Post By Ashley Grimm

Jesus is near the brokenhearted. Ashley graciously shares her story of loss and reminds us what matters most as parents. As some of you know, I have gone through every mother’s worst fear. On June 2nd, I lost my youngest son in a horrible car accident. I was driving. I had pulled away from a gas station, checking each buckle, and I began to drive the curvy, mountainous road to my family’s house. My son was notorious for doing everything…

Works Of Art- Guest Post By Mo Morrison

Powerful words for Men and Women Living In Christ In the masterfully crafted expressions of the palate, passion, and creative vision of an inspired chef, I’ve grown to appreciate cooking as an art form.  One of the great aspects of living in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood is that it’s easy to discover new food experiences created by chefs inspired by traditions from around the globe. I’m a foodie (not a chef), and yet I love the challenge that comes with…

Frederick Buechner Celebrates His 90th Birthday!

“Who is your favorite author?” I always love that question. It takes a nanosecond for me to think of Frederick Buechner. Recently, Brian Allain, Founding Director of the Frederick Buechner Center, invited me to share some thoughts about Mr. Buechner and his work. Today Fred Buechner celebrates his 90th birthday. Happy birthday, Mr. Buechner! BA: As you know, Frederick Buechner will soon be turning 90 years old – is there anything you would like to wish him for this great…

God Transcends Masculine Stereotypes: A Trip Down A River To The ‘Source’ (By Samuel Martin)

I recently saw some beautiful photographs of a mother carrying her newborn baby girl, and the images took me back to times when my own girls were small. I also recently held a six-month-old baby, not an everyday occurrence since I have an eleven and seven-year-old. The experiences reminded me of powerful biblical texts that describe motherhood, something I haven’t really appreciated before now. I’ve found a new way of looking at God, our compassionate, loving Father, who chooses to express…

Cartoon Princesses Can Do Better: Why Our Girls Need Biblical Role Models

A Review of the Bible Belles Series “Name as many Disney princesses as you can,” I dared my two daughters over lunch last week, “Go!” “Cinderella! Sleeping Beauty! Snow White! Rapunzel! Ariel! Pocohantas! Belle! . . . ” The girls effortlessly listed the leading ladies of every Disney film known to popular culture since before any of us had been born. It didn’t surprise me though I’ve never much extolled Disney princesses. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve never disparaged them either….

Saints, Prostitutes And Bad Branding (By Loraine Tulleken)

As a divorcee, a single mother, successful business woman and an adored only child brought up to believe I was a genius, I was soooo switched off by the church’s branding of biblical women. The tendency to place them in three categories – temptresses, saints and prostitutes. There I was, 50 years old, voraciously reading and studying the Scriptures for the first time and sans the influence of Sunday School or decades of paternalistic preaching from the pulpit. It didn’t…

Being a Male Nurturer (By Gil George)

My friend Amy Buckley asked me to share some of my process around being a stay-at-home dad/ male nurturer. I hope that this writing can be a good window into some of what it is like to be a male nurturer in American Christian culture.There are all these lists of things that make you a “real” man, a “biblical” man, or a “manly” man. All of these lists and cultural norms promote this distant “provider” figure who exerts authority and…

Forget Bra Burning; Women’s Lib Gave Me My Calling (By Carolyn Miller Parr)

If I hadn’t been a coward I’d have gone to law school in 1959. It took fifteen years and the women’s movement to get me there. As a ninth grader in Miami I had to take a series of vocational aptitude tests. Mine consistently showed I would be a good journalist, minister, or lawyer. Big problem: I was a girl. This was the 1950’s, and The feminine Mystique was just beginning to germinate in Betty Freidan’s heart and mind. Nobody…

For God’s Sake: Let A Woman Preach

Awhile ago, I started following the blog of One For Jesus. It honors me to share a favorite post with you! One day I flew to Texas and I met a cute girl. I asked her to dinner, and that night, my whole life changed. That was the night I learned about Jesus. I’d grown up in a Christian church, but I’d never heard about a Jesus like this. Her Jesus was alive and real and revolutionary and transformative. Her Jesus didn’t nibble…

Storytelling Is Scary- How I’m Getting Over It

For a long time, I’ve avoided personal blogging. Mostly, I’ve preferred to research and write articles about other people, and to post links to other publications bearing the brunt of comments that I’ve preferred not to read. That’s been safer. In recent months, I’ve had the urge to blog more regularly on my website, and it’s stretched me. Storytelling is scary. It’s difficult to share my stories, to put myself out there. A year and a half ago, when I…

Insecurity and Domination, A Male Perspective (By Gil George)

The Torah begins with a description of the way things were made to be and how quickly we humans stepped away from the goodness of creation. We went from mutually reflecting the glory of God to a battle for domination that left the weak at the mercy of the strong. We went from being stewards of God’s garden to fighting the soil for domination, bending the created order to our will rather than submitting to God’s will. This state of…

Date Rape: Christian Communities Aren’t Safer For Women

It’s easy to assume Christian communities are safer than secular ones. Yet stories like this happen frequently. Offering spaces for victims to tell their stories is an important part of healing. They need it. Our communities need it. #StopTheSilence #ItsOnUs God strongly opposes sexual violence… Learn more . . . [TRIGGER WARNING: Implicit description of rape] Guest Post By K. When I was twelve I met him. He was tall, dark and handsome; a senior at my first high school…

When ‘Headship’ Theology Goes Wrong

Theology plays out in real lives for better or for worse. Since April is sexual violence awareness month, I’ll post a couple stories of victims. #StopTheSilence #ItsOnUs [ TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Physical Abuse ] Guest post by M. A car passing through the intersection brought me back to the present. How long had I been waiting for the red arrow to turn green? The glowing numbers on the dashboard clock read 12:53a.m. He should be asleep by now. It’s probably…

Sometimes It’s Better to Part Ways – Advice For Getting Along With People Who Oppose Women Leaders

When I count the ways women are marginalized in the body of Christ, I have to say something. So many women have these kinds of experiences. Evangelical seminaries could do better jobs cultivating peace between male and female students. For a class project, I once spent a semester studying people I disagree with. Initially, I planned to report on atheists because their beliefs differ dramatically from my Christian faith. Already I’d talked with some online, and they’d been pleasantly clear…