Archive for March, 2011

Mark Driscoll is not God

Trigger warning for the video in particular – emotional/psychological abuse. Mark Driscoll is at it again, making pronouncements from on high about who’s going to be damned to hell. There’s a lot that’s wrong here. He’s claiming yet again that a version of Christianity that teaches that the vast majority […]

by × March 29, 2011 × 38 comments
Ann Voskamp and Jesus as lover: Perspective from the Puritans, pt. 2

Ann Voskamp and Jesus as lover: Perspective from the Puritans, pt. 2

Part 1 The crux of the controversy over Ann Voskamp’s book revolves around accusations that she wants to have “intercourse” with God. Everyday Mommy, the blogger whose post sparked the debate, argues that the biblical image of the Christian church as the bride of Christ is solely an analogy that […]

by × March 28, 2011 × 12 comments

Atheists die first in survival situations?

Transcript: Doesn’t mean that science has all the answers for everything. In fact, we were talking about survivors a while ago, uh, most studies on survivors show that the atheists die first, because if you can’t – if you don’t believe in something supernatural, how can you imagine that you […]

by × March 26, 2011 × 2 comments
Ann Voskamp and Jesus as lover: Perspective from the Puritans, pt. 1

Ann Voskamp and Jesus as lover: Perspective from the Puritans, pt. 1

I’d never heard of Ann Voskamp until a few weeks ago, when Elizabeth Esther wrote about the controversy some reformed evangelicals are stirring up over Voskamp’s latest book. (Is it just me, or does this seem to happen, oh, ALL THE TIME?) Voskamp has written a spiritual memoir which has […]

by × March 22, 2011 × 15 comments
John Piper on sex and “masculine leadership”

John Piper on sex and “masculine leadership”

Trigger warning: rape/sexual assault, transphobia. So I was listening to a podcast (disclaimer: not feminist, LGB or T friendly, or sex-positive in any way, and only referenced as a source of information and not as an endorsement of the content) about John Piper’s teachings on sexuality in marriage, which discussed […]

by × March 20, 2011 × 8 comments

Shut up and smile

Via Jesus Needs New PR, a video from a Baptist marriage retreat originally posted at Christian Nightmares: Notice how only the husbands are interviewed about the retreat, while the wives say not a word? And that none of the women even have microphones on, kind of like it never even […]

by × March 16, 2011 × 28 comments
Praying for Japan?

Praying for Japan?

Trigger warning for images and discussion of natural disasters. Houses swallowed by tsunami waves burn in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11. (Kyodo News/Associated Press; source) In the wake of the largest earthquake in its recorded history, […]

by × March 14, 2011 × 15 comments

Happy International Women’s Day! [updated]

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day. A friend of mine shared the Audre Lorde quote below in honor of the day; it’s a timely reminder that feminist activism that doesn’t embrace and center the diversity of women’s voices and experiences can never truly advance the […]

by × March 8, 2011 × 1 comment

Brandon Davies and BYU’s strange definition of “honor”

LDS (Mormon) owned Brigham Young University just dismissed Brandon Davies, a key player on their #3 ranked men’s basketball team, for violating the school’s honor code. Davies was apparently dismissed because he and his girlfriend had premarital sex. Amazingly, a number of otherwise liberal bloggers and mainstream media figures who […]

by × March 6, 2011 × 22 comments