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He’s been a staple of Evangelical Christianity since the late 1950s. Three books about him by his widow, Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty and Passion and Purity, have been all but required reading in the religion.
Since I was a bookish kid, I got the…
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Since I might be an unusual Bible commentator to have worked as a male stripper, I’d like to discuss the many times when Jesus does his routine. It all feels strangely familiar.
It’s discussed by scholars, but Christians don’t read scholars — so they haven’t known. This year, however, many Evangelical women are learning what was done to them.
It is used to assert male supremacy at church. And isn’t it clear?
“A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must…
Little House on the Prairie might seem no place for any gender funny business. Isn’t it about a girl who grows up and gets married? Don’t Christians love it?
It was founded in 2005 by Ryan T. Meeks and his wife, and became a megachurch with multiple locations. In 2014, a staffer confided in Meeks that she was afraid of being fired if she was seen dating a woman.
She was homeschooled. The great Evangelical idea throughout the 1980s and 1990s was that public school was evil. She became a performer at Disney, a rare entertainment outlet to be Evangelically-approved.
In her public romance with Justin Timberlake, who was also Southern Baptist, she was the sexy virgin, ready to…
It’s a fascinating story. In 1920, British soldiers were digging a trench along the Euphrates, and saw fragments of paintings. Archaeologists came, and realized they stood on top of an ancient city.
The citizens were pioneering in many ways. Around 256 A.D., …
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