Empowerment used to be a weird word for me. It stood for what I saw as weak, limp-wristed, feminine, self-help hype teachers, usually visible to me through cheesy, insipid memes that meant nothing to me. I’m a man, dangit, I don’t need none of that cheerleading stuff! I got a perfectly good, worn-in set of… Continue reading Honoring vs Empowering
LOVE. What is love? Today I have seen a lot of people saying to "choose love, not hate" following the white supremacy event in Charlottesville. People saying that speaking about it and drawing attention to it just fuels it. People saying to choose love and not anger. Perhaps, love looks like a lot of different… Continue reading Responding in Love to Charlottesville – What Does Love Look Like?
Often in our society, male partner jealousy is romanticized. When men are aggressive, controlling, and jealous, it is seen as just another way to express their "love" for their partner. This is often portrayed in popular movies, books, and television shows as an attractive quality in men. I have heard women with controlling and jealous… Continue reading Jealousy is Not Romantic – by Charlie Grantham
By Christine Woolgar When I started this series on modesty, I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be so loaded with illustrations from Harry Potter. But I keep coming back to these books because J.K. Rowling has a particular talent for illustrating realities in tangible ways. It means she offers a way for readers to identify… Continue reading Modesty 101: How codes are practised illustrate culture and values
Sisterhood. It's a word I hear a lot. A word I love. "Sisterhood" is simply a group of women linked together by a common denominator. To my Christian Social Justice Sisters, I am so grateful for you. I am so grateful for your hearts, your minds, your existence. Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends, soulmates. I… Continue reading Open Letter to the Sisterhood of Social Justice Warriors
The Bible is the mirror image we are to look in daily to be reminded who we are and whose we are. It is crucial that our leaders look into this mirror and tell us ALL of what they see. Because these stories are the DNA and legacy the next generation of world Christians will be carrying. I desire the greater church to find their inheritance and identity in Christ more than I was ever given opportunity, as a young woman of color, throughout my biblical pursuit and training. In order to do that, I believe church leaders will need to see themselves as the appointed Storytellers they are. Telling the full story of Jesus that includes women who bore many colors.
Gilderoy Lockhart was immodest - drawing attention to his glory in ways that excluded others. Moses and Jesus however, showed modesty: veiling their glory.