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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading The Real Financial Cost of GC 2015- Start Budgeting
I fly out today for the Free Methodist General Conference (GC15) in Orlando, Florida. I’ll be completely honest, I’m not looking forward to it. I’ve been struggling for months with the fact the denomination has chosen to hold the conference … Continue reading A Reluctant Prophet Heads to GC15
In previous years the General Conference resolutions that approved by the Board of Administration (BOA) to go to the delegates for final approval were posted on the Free Methodist Church of North America’s website. This year each delegate was given … Continue reading Free Methodist General Conference Resolutions and Critique of GC Part II
As I have time, I’m beginning to reflect on the words of the early Free Methodists and the writings they published. The Free Methodist General Conference is approaching in July 2015 in Orlando, Florida. I hope these reflections from early church writings will help us prepare for General Conference. At the end of I have some discussion questions if people wish to share this in small groups or just reflect on the questions in their own devotional time. NUMBERS, WEALTH AND POWER The Earnest Christian July 1872 (a publication published by Free Methodist founder Benjamin Titus Roberts) A few mornings … Continue reading What Does a Denomination Strive For?
Dear Leaders of the North American Free Methodist Church, In 2008 I discovered why I loved being a Free Methodist – our history of social justice. Namely living out Galatians 3:28. “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.”(The Message) I grew up in the Free Methodist Church, but I had no idea that … Continue reading An Open Letter to FM Leaders: Have We Forgotten Our Roots?