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THE BIBLE

  • Who is Junia? An Overview

    (Jump to Series Index) Junia is a first-century woman mentioned in the New Testament, in Romans 16:7. Paul includes her on a long list of greetings to local Christians in Rome: Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in […] Read more…

  • Introducing the Junia Series

    (Jump to Series Index) One would not expect a conflagration of controversy from the ending of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. The sixteenth chapter lacks the robust theology expounded on in earlier chapters, instead containing a seemingly innocuous list of salutations to local Christians at the church in Rome. Yet controversy is exactly what the […] Read more…

THE CHURCH

  • Origen on the Apostle Junia

    Origen on the Apostle Junia: A New Translation

    (Jump to Series Index) Origen (AD 184/185 – 253/254) serves as one of six patristic witnesses [1] who commented on the apostle Junia and confirmed two of the three points of contention about her, namely, her gender and her apostolic status. While many Junia commentators mention this about Origen in passing, few bother to actually […] Read more…

  • Mary the Demonslayer

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite shows from the late 90s / early aughts. It has all of the things I like in my fiction: horror, comedy, feminism, subverted expectations, and a woman who literally kicks so much ass posterior. With that said, in honor of the fact that today is both […] Read more…

SPIRITUALITY

  • Another Reason Churches Should Not Sue: The “Actual Malice” Standard

    James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel has published an op-ed in Christianity Today defending his poor choice to sue other Christians as “biblical.” I’ll have more to say on his decidedly unbiblical argument in a future post, but for now I would like to point out yet another reason why it’s a bad idea for […] Read more…

  • The Elephant’s Defamation? Thoughts on the Harvest Bible Chapel Lawsuit

    Christianity Today recently reported that Harvest Bible Chapel—a 13,000-member megachurch based in Rolling Meadows—is suing a pair of bloggers (and their non-blogging wives) for defamation, along with a reporter who was working on a story about HBC. The bloggers used to run The Elephant’s Debt, a watchdog site dedicated to exposing alleged financial mismanagement and […] Read more…

MINISTRY

  • Wedding Vows & Sermon

    Here are the wedding vows that we used for our ceremony, as well as the sermon that my friend Katie Langston preached when she married us. Katie and I met online almost 10 years ago when I was mostly blogging about Mormonism, where she was one of the Mormon commentators on my blog. She is […] Read more…

  • Tragedy + Time = Gratitude

    15 years ago, I said, “I do.” 11 years later, I said, “No more.” Something stronger than pain engulfed me. Not just loss of happiness, but the loss of any sense of purpose. I had been Mrs. Interfaith Marriage for so long, I had no idea who I was or who I might be without […] Read more…