When Is Sexism Not Sexism?

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Sexism and misogyny are rampant in our culture, says Hillary.  Her #1 proof is, she’s not president. If you’re not convinced by that, how about this: as she explained to Rachel Maddow, her audience viewed her superficially.  Instead of listening to what she was saying, the chatter was consumed by what she wore and how […]

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Bible Challenge Week 7: The Promise - Jacob

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Babylon has Gilgamesh, Athens has Theseus, Rome has Aeneas–but what nation or city ever had a founder like Jacob, the “supplanter”?  Even his name change is provocative: Israel, or “he wrestles with God.” In spite of his checkered character, he is the last of the three great patriarchs whose name will echo throughout generations of […]

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American Expectationalism

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When the American colonies erupted in revolt against the Stamp Act (1765), poor King George could not understand.  Weren’t these subjects well-treated?  Did they not prosper as a result of benign neglect? As for this taxation they were incensed about, part of it was to cover the expense of defending them, and what was their […]

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He's No Gentleman

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Have you ever heard this?  “God is a gentleman.  He would never . . . [insert something a courtly deity would never do, usually related to busting in where he’s not wanted].”  I don’t know where this idea came from, but it’s supremely silly. It might be seen as gentlemanly to sweep back the waters […]

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Bible Challenge, Week Two: The Problem - Rebellion

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(This is a continuation of a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible.  I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF.  The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids.  Here’s the […]

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