He’s a world-renowned evangelist. Millions of people have become Christians because of him. That should sound inspiring to me. Instead, I sit in the thousand-seater church, picking at a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and mentally consider my dessert options for afterwards. Donuts To Go or an Oreo McFlurry? I know what’s coming: an altar call. I dislike altar calls. I find them confrontational and emotionally-manipulative. (Read more about … Continue reading Give Me Real Christianity
I’m going to cry. I need to wait for it to be socially acceptable to leave the room first. Then I’m going to find myself a safe space and cry. Maybe in five minutes. I feel the cry perched in the roof of my mouth. I can summon it whenever. Just not now. Five minutes. The room erupts in laughter. My mouth smiles. They think … Continue reading Feeling Offended
Who is this Pentecostal God, sneaking around, putting words into people’s mouths, into their ears, wooing them to places they may or may not want to go?* Okay, so! I work at a charismatic-Christian publishing house which means that at work, I’m immersed in literature about getting closer to God, speaking in tongues, and, above all, hearing God’s voice. I always assumed the latter was a … Continue reading Can God Speak to You?
Strobe lights sweep across the auditorium. Music pounds against my eye sockets. Hands are in the air. They praise God with a passion that used to humble me to tears. I’m in my seat, arms crossed, eyes half open. Literally, I’m in a church. I’M IN A CHURCH AND THERE’S STROBE LIGHTS. I have been in the dregs of America’s Bible Belt for barely two … Continue reading When Christians Go Batshit Crazy
“I would never cheat but, you know, I also realize that as a human being, a hormonal human being, I am capable of it – not saying that I would do it. I wouldn’t. It’s just that people act like they would never when really, everybody is capable of cheating. We can’t be cocky about it, it’s just such an equal possibility for everybody.” After … Continue reading Cheating on You
Are you tired of the same old Christian bachelors and bachelorettes at church every day? Do you wish you could meet someone who shares your faith but is also edgy, cool, and interesting? Look no further than EDGE the dating app for interesting Christians. Savvy and I have designed a system that will help you find your Adam or Eve who is also super, super … Continue reading The Dating App for Interesting Christians
The sink trembles beneath my hands and my eyes roll up to the mirror until they meet their reflection, a hinged gaze, about to fall, about to drop into a stomach that boils and calls the night into my veins. “You’re going to regret this,” I tell my eyes. “You’re going to regret this.” I obeyed my parents growing up. They won’t agree with me … Continue reading Good Little Churchgirl
A few weeks ago, when it was my turn to post a blog piece, I wrote on Feminist Theology and how Christians can be feminists by fighting sexism as a sinful tendency (find it here). I was dancing on rainbows when readers commented with their thoughts and their challenges to the idea. (Please, please, please keep doing that.) But I wondered why Christians get uncomfortable … Continue reading Christianity and Feminism (Part II)
“I’m Christian, but I am a feminist.” This is a statement made in Buzzfeed’s cringeworthy video, “I’m Christian, but I’m not…” (Journalist Mollie Hemingway can explain why it’s cringeworthy here). Anyway, you don’t have to be a literature student to read that statement and realize its implications. Being Christian—a follower of Christ—and a feminist—one who believes in equality of the sexes—can be surprising. Probably because of … Continue reading Christian AND Feminist?