Free will, self determination, identity politics, and God

The idea of these four things or concepts don’t always seem to go together but between a sermon I heard the other day and knowing a little about what’s going on in my denomination of Christianity and this project to read and blog through the whole Bible, I’m feeling a little lost. I’ve been trying to talk about next steps here and there and where … Continue reading Free will, self determination, identity politics, and God

World Translation Day!

World Translation Day celebrates the many translated books out there and strives to raise awareness that we need to get more books translated into most languages so we can share knowledge and progress ever closer to a more informed world. Can anyone venture a guess at the first book to ever be translated into English? If you guessed the Christian Bible, you’re right. Not only … Continue reading World Translation Day!

FF- Books about women’s issues

In the current climate of increased activism and political stress by so many, there are a few important things to remember. It can be changed I know that it can be changed because it has changed before It doesn’t take long to normalize the changes that I have benefited from Things I have benefited from may negatively impact someone else People work every day to … Continue reading FF- Books about women’s issues

Quotes of the Week – from Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by: Nadia Bolz-Weber

– Of course if no one had ever been exposed to dangerous ideas from scandalous women, Christianity itself would not have had its unique beginning nor its glorious history, but whatever.   -Because in the end, we aren’t punished for our sins as much as we are punished by our sins. Continue reading Quotes of the Week – from Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Quote of the Week – from Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by: Nadia Bolz-Weber

I have come to realize that all the saints I’ve known have been accidental ones — people who inadvertently stumbled into redemption like they were looking for something else at the time, people who have just a wee bit of a drinking problem and manage to get sober and help others to do the same, people who are as kind as they are hostile.   Continue reading Quote of the Week – from Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Quote of the Week – from Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here by Karima Bennoune

 In fact, the two Far Rights—the Western one and the Muslim one—play off each other. As Jeanne Favret-Saada wrote in the wake of the Innocence of Muslims conflagration, “On one side we have cowardly networks of so-called defenders of the West who manufacture a provocation . . . and make terroristic use of freedom of expression, and on the other side Muslim fundamentalist commandoes . … Continue reading Quote of the Week – from Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here by Karima Bennoune

External link to A book to consider on the International Day against Homphobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

A book to consider on the International Day against Homphobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

At only 46 pages, this a great book to read in one sitting on this day. If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, check out Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community – Andrew Marin  or Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity – Julia Serano or this month’s Our Shared Shelf’s read The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson. … Continue reading A book to consider on the International Day against Homphobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence by Richard Clark Kroeger and Catherine Clark Kroeger

Review: Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and … Continue reading I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence by Richard Clark Kroeger and Catherine Clark Kroeger

Femme Friday – Women who tell another story

In the immortal words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: When we remember that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise. With this in mind, I wanted to share the authors who’s books brought to me another story, another version of a place that I didn’t know about. Humaira Awais Shahid, author of Devotion and Defiance: My Fight for Justice … Continue reading Femme Friday – Women who tell another story

Quote of the Week – from I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence

If 1 Timothy 2:12 is translated as prohibiting women from claiming the power of origin, it fits with the refutation which follows. Women are forbidden to teach that female activity brought man into existence because, according to the Scriptures, Adam was created first. Eve, for all her desire to bring enlightenment, did not bring gnosis but transgression. This would gainsay the tenet held by some Gnostics that certain women had … Continue reading Quote of the Week – from I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence