#lucifer & deconstruction
I’ve been watching Lucifer on Netflix. It’s ridiculous, yet I love its take on spirituality, accountability, and free will. This show calls out the human desire to lay blame for our own choices and actions on external forces, as well as the foolishness of presuming to know God (Amenadiel’s self-righteousness, Lucifer’s insistence that everything = his dad meddling).
Final confession: Lucifer and Dr. Linda is my new favorite depiction of therapy on television.
Our children’s pastor sent an email to all parents asking if any youth would like to be baptized on Easter Sunday. I asked my 10 year old if she was interested and her reply blew me away:
“I’m just not comfortable with the idea of being told there’s this one way to believe in God, and it seems like that’s what Baptism says...here’s *exactly* what I believe. So...pass.”
My kid is so wise. I teared up & wanted to hug her but was driving at the time. We settled on a fist bump.
UMC “biblical disobedience”
My mom’s #umc church dedicated their service yesterday to inclusivity. The pastor proclaimed that “we will practice biblical disobedience...turning over tables if we have to” against this “shameful decision.” My niece (a queer black woman) was in town visiting and took this picture. It meant so much to her to be there.
Video post about suicidality.
I recently gave a talk about my experiences with suicidality and what research tells us about the cognitive and emotional factors behind suicide.
I'm posting it because I think there are better ways to talk about suicide, and more we can do to help people struggling with a desire to end their own lives.
Gearing myself up to ask the worship pastor if we can change the lyrics to Hillsong’s “Passion,” due to an over abundance of penal substitutionary atonement. More of Jesus’ love and less Jesus’ blood, please!
Even with that change, the song contains a lot of questionable imagery: I have a real problem with white Americans singing about their chains being broken.
As we approach Lent and Easter, is it time to give up on singing up front on Sundays?
Parenting, Sex Ed, Baptist childhood
My parents abdicated all responsibility for sex ed to the Baptist Church, so it all boiled down to “boys can’t help being horny, girls should wear one-piece bathing suits, sex is a sin, but when virgins (male/female) get married, the sex is amazing, because God.”
I want my girls to have a healthy, fact-based understanding of sex and of their bodies and of their inherent worth.
How do you talk sex as a parent? What were you taught?
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