Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson Bryson, known mainly for his European travelogues, here documents his return to the USA through a series of newspaper essays. Having tasted life in Europe, his musings about his home country are mostly exasperated. Occasionally, usually at the prodding of his British wife, he remembers something lovely… Continue reading What I Read | APRIL 2017
One of my least favorite things about the Bible are stories where women are neglected, abused, raped, and chopped into twelve pieces. Worse than the stories themselves is the way in which God is silent about these stories. When Abraham sacrificed his son, God saved the day by providing a ram. When Jephthah sacrificed his… Continue reading We Remember: A Ceremony to Lament and Honor Women
I spent the morning of my 27th birthday listening to Rachel Held Evans lead two conference sessions--the first on Gender Equality and the Church, the second on Abuse and the Church. Three hours later, as we walked out the door, my mom said, "We should do something fun for your birthday!" Looking at her in… Continue reading Rachel Held Evans Addresses Abuse and the Church
The Christian online community is blowing up, and this time it's about 50 Shades of Grey. As usual, I have come to the same conclusion (don't read or watch it), but for very different reasons. I'm always this close to fitting in. Most of the concern I see is directed at either 1) the erotica… Continue reading What is the Real Problem with 50 Shades of Grey?