In the past two years I have continually asked myself what would Benjamin Titus Roberts, Clara Wetherald, Ida Gage, Marriet Hardy Freeland or other early Free Methodist pioneers do in society today? I’m not sure in all parts of the United States people attending Free Methodist churches are actually living out the social action call these individuals inspire me to live out daily. When I … Continue reading The New Manifesto
In John 15 (v.18-27) Jesus begins to tell his disciples he will be leaving them soon but giving them “The Advocate” AKA the Holy Spirit. He talks about the trials they will face and how, like himself, the world will hate them. However, Jesus also tells them his kingdom is not of this world and his disciples do not belong to this world. Jesus has … Continue reading Exchanging Faith for Fear
* Note I come from the Wesleyan tradition and this is written from a Wesleyan perspective* I used to believe that it was possible to change a denomination from within. If you were committed to reform that was based on the theological tenants the denomination was founded on all you had to do was have patience and perseverance and things would slowly change. I’m still … Continue reading If it Says Christian it Must Be Okay
Growing up in conservative Christian culture it has taken me over 10 years to shed my fears of what people think to be who I really am. Continue reading No Chains
In the past year more than ever it’s become clear that the Duggars’ show 19 Kids and Counting might be just another extreme religious sideshow for TLC, but for the Duggars it’s a way to share their worldviews with a large audience, usually hovering around a million viewers per episode. The Duggars have made the news for their support of scandal ridden Doug Phillips … Continue reading The Duggars Take Christian Patriarchy Ideas Mainstream
In 2015 I had the chance to present my research on The Above Rubies organization at the National Communication Association Conference. I’m thrilled I’ve also recently had a chance to speak to journalist Sarah Stankorb from Good magazine about my research on Nancy Campbell and the Quiverfull movement. Now, I’m headed out to speak to my fellow academics on the subject! You can read Sarah’s article in Good magazine … Continue reading “You’re Supposed to Be An Army for God”
“Mom and Dad, why do I have to dress up on Sunday?” “Because it’s the Lord’s Day, and we want to look our best for him.” Does this advice ring a bell with anyone else? I heard this constantly growing up. Anytime I didn’t want to wear a frilly dress and wanted to wear jeans instead, I was told that it was the Lord’s Day. … Continue reading Wear Your Sunday Best- Really? Rethinking Sunday Fashion
On Oct. 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzi was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school. A sixteen year-old girl passionate about her right to an education, she was shot for pursuing equal opportunities for boys and girls. Malala’s story had captivated the world. She was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, and has drawn attention to women’s rights in Pakistan by travelling … Continue reading Women & Religious Fundamentalism: Rhetorical Differences between Christian Patriarchy & The Taliban?
Biblical masculinity isn’t a new trend in Christian culture, but it has been gaining a lot more attention recently. The success of the Sherwood Brothers film Courageous, which gained mainstream media attention and focused on fathers taking a “courageous” stand to protect and lead their families, is just one example (See my series of reviews on the film Courageous #1, Courageous #2, Courageous #3). By November 2011 … Continue reading Mark & Grace Driscoll: Real Marriage or Real Oppression?
The 2015 Free Methodist General Conference is now a year away, and if you’re planning to attend it’s time to be a good steward of your money and start budgeting for this trip. Believe me, this is not going to be an inexpensive General Conference. I’ve been conflicted about the location of the event for almost a year now and that hasn’t changed. However, … Continue reading The Real Financial Cost of GC 2015- Start Budgeting