I am heartbroken. Utterly heartbroken. I don't know what to do with my grief. I don't know how to sit with all of this anger and shock and sadness. I just don't know. I've been quietly pushing back against dominionism and White christian nationalism for years. But most people could not see it. Until now.And … Continue reading What Happens Now?
Last week, I discussed deconstruction & complementarianism. I acknowledged how being immersed in a subculture that dictates to us how we should view and think of ourselves can have a devastating impact on one's mental health. While my focus in that post was on complementarianism, this is true of all toxic theology. Religious beliefs can … Continue reading Deconstruction & Self-Care
The topic of deconstruction has been coming up a lot lately with prominent figures speaking about their personal deconstruction and loss of faith. Deconstruction is a stage of faith that many go through when they stop accepting the faith they’ve been told they must have by their peers, families, and church communities. They begin to … Continue reading Deconstruction & Complementarianism
1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say—2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us,3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,5 the raging waters would have swept us away. 6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their … Continue reading A Prayer for August 23, 2020
One massive issue that so many of us who have deconstructed struggle with is the question, "what is allowed for me?"Many of us have spent a lifetime being told what the lines were for us. We were allowed to believe this, not that. We were allowed to do this, not that. Boundaries were tightly enforced … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
A short story about Pastor Jim Crandell who followed his convictions in leading his church through the pandemic. Does he trust medical experts & government leaders? Or does he trust God?
A prayer for August 9, based on today's reading from the lectionary: Romans 10:5-15
1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.2 From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right. 3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.4 As for what … Continue reading A Prayer For August 2, 2020
When Audible released their July selections of original works, this one caught my eye. As a child, growing up in a firmly "Young Earth Creationist" home, my understanding of evolution, including the story of dinosaurs, was warped. Anything I might have learned always came with the disclaimer from my parents, and other well-intentioned YEC adults, … Continue reading A Grown-Up Guide To Dinosaurs (A Book Review)
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.5 Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has … Continue reading A Prayer For July 26, 2020