Category Archives: Women’s roles

The Loneliness of leaving a Cult: the documentary, Sons of Perdition

Last night I enjoyed the documentary, Sons of Perdition, about people who leave the FLDS, a polygamist Mormon sect on the border of Utah and Colorado. Although the sect in which I grew up was not as cult-like, I found … Continue reading

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Loyalty needs Trauma: Loyalty and the Moral Defense, Part 3

I remember an elderly woman whose mother grew up on a sheep farm in Texas, unpopular in those days, because sheep grazed the grass so short there was nothing left for the cattle. One of my her favorite expressions was: “I could … Continue reading

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Ignoring Hierarchy: Jesus and Hierarchy (Part 2)

In the first part of this topic I mentioned that rigidly hierarchical religious organizations, such as pyramidal para-church ministries and denominations, are unChristian. But then it struck me that I had missed the real point, which is that all hierarchical organizations: … Continue reading

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Jesus and Nonviolent Confrontations of Oppressors

A friend of mine loaned me a book recently, Jesus and Nonviolence: A third way by Walter Wink. Wink’s belief is that Jesus advocated standing up for oneself against oppression, but not in traditionally powerful ways: rather in dignified loving … Continue reading

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Nickels and Noses: The Problem with Church Planting

I have joined six church plants, and been a part of a seventh, in two of which I was a church-planting pastor. A bit of advice a church planting pastor, who had been to church planting boot camp in the … Continue reading

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Why Fundamentalists cannot speak out against Government Abuse of Power

The only issues fundamentalists traditionally speak out against are personal piety issues: fornication, adultery, abortion, pornography, immodest dress, drunkenness, drug use, etc. There are a few issues that fundamentalists are willing to criticize the government on: legislation that facilitates abortion, … Continue reading

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Paul’s account of the resurrection leaves out the women

In N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope, he makes an interesting argument for the resurrection of Jesus: Paul cleaned up the story by 56 A.D. (CE). Paul’s account, in I Cor 15, is the first written account of the resurrection … Continue reading

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