Book Review—Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

Book Review—Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

What do you think of when you think of God? Where does your impression of God come from? Is He angry? Loving? Jealous? Mean? Kind? Waiting to strike you with lightning or toss you into a terrible place of eternal conscious torment if you don’t pray a get out of Hell free prayer to His Son? 

How do you know? How does your view of God affect your life? The lives of those around you? 

What Do You Do When God Seems to Contradict Himself? (Or What Does God Really Say About Women's Roles?)

What Do You Do When God Seems to Contradict Himself? (Or What Does God Really Say About Women's Roles?)

I was a women who believed in traditional gender roles (despite my personality not being bent at all toward housework and quiet submission). The Bible "clearly says" women are to stay home with their children, submit to their husbands in all things, homeschool, make their home a perfectly clean haven for their hardworking husbands, and bake heavenly casseroles. And women were definitely not allowed to preach, teach, or lead men. People in "authority" taught me that. They had Bible verses to support it. It must be true, right? 

(Side Note: It is horrifically dangerous to build a doctrine on isolated Bible verses taken out of their literary, historical, and cultural contexts.)

6 Mistakes When Reading About Women in the Bible

6 Mistakes When Reading About Women in the Bible

The false teaching that idolizes men, while subordinating and harming women has been allowed to run rampant in the Church in the name of “Biblical Gender Roles” for too long. This teaching reduces women to objects created by God as an afterthought to please and take care of men. It blames women when men lust after us or assault us. And it limits women’s gifts and calling in ways Jesus never did.

Often when Jesus was addressing the legalistic false teaching of the Pharisee’s, He asked them, “Haven’t you read?” The Pharisee’s had the Scriptures memorized, and yet in many cases, they missed the point.

So, if you believe that women have subordinate gender roles in the Church and at home, I ask you:

Haven’t You Read…

#AskSteveAustin Podcast: Stop Trying to be the Proverbs 31 Woman

#AskSteveAustin Podcast: Stop Trying to be the Proverbs 31 Woman

Last week, I had the honor to talk with Steve and Lindsey Austin on the #AskSteveAustin podcast. We talked about the intersection of feminism and the Church (spoiler alert: Jesus is a feminist), rape culture, abortion, and that annoyingly perfect (though not actually real) "Proverbs 31 Woman."

This is not a conversation for the faint of heart—I'm done sugarcoating when it comes to calling out false teaching that oppresses and harms people.