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Misogyny

The Church Won’t Rein in Misogyny, But Bloggers Will

I was in graduate school when I first heard about Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. A close friend who had moved to Seattle was raving about Driscoll and his megachurch.

My friend and I both grew up in the South, where we had been scarred by fundamentalist churches. He assured me that Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll were different. He told me about the Acts 29 Network, which Driscoll helped launch. My friend suggested that I might like attending… Read More

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Mark Driscoll, Gungor, Jesus, and Church Membership

The Internet has handed a bully pulpit to anybody with Wifi and an opinion. This is not the best news for church leaders who are accustomed to doing things as they see fit with little or no oversight.

No religious gatekeeper is safe. Click on a link to a blog and you’re likely to read a post that details wrongs committed by a pastor, other church leader, or institutional Christianity at large. Some of these stories will straighten your hair.

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Five Soul-Nourishing Things I Learned in a Botanical Garden

The gardener was a hippie; there was no mistaking it.

She was sixty-something and wore her long gray hair in two loose braids that framed a sun-weathered face. When she gestured toward anything from a cactus to a fruit tree, she would ask, slack-jawed and with wide, wondering eyes, “Isn’t that way cool?”

My husband and I were by far the youngest on the walking tour of the botanical gardens. Our children had opted out: two were watching the World… Read More

VIDEO: Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

Are you brave enough to step into the light?

On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace.

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When Charities Go Hollywood

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

“You’ve got to read this.” My friend handed me a book with a photograph of a beautiful, laughing Cambodian woman on the cover.

The two of us were sitting in my living room talking over the loud hum of the air conditioner, which tried desperately to keep the tropic heat at bay. We’d been talking about what had led me to the outskirts of the counter-trafficking… Read More