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Good-bye Her.meneutics!

Friends, the time has finally come for me to remove a link from my blogroll, something which I don’t believe I’ve ever had to do.

When Christianity Today first began its Her.meneutics blog, I was excited by the promise of interesting theological reflection and cultural critique from a female perspective.  I’d long been bitter over the lack of women’s voices at blogs like Out of Ur, which caters to a “Christian leader” audience and boasts zero regular female writers.  While having the women segregated off at Her.meneutics is not necessarily ideal, I read numerous posts that were interesting and thoughtful—some even feministy!—and thought it was worth a link.

My enthusiasm for Her.meneutics has been waning significantly over the last couple years.  I’m not certain if the editors there would be able to pinpoint a shift in the blog’s tone, but at some point it did take a decided turn toward idiocy.  There are certainly decent posts every now and then, but for months, I haven’t been able to visit the site without becoming angry.  Still, because it was interesting (in its own way) and because I was lazy, I did not remove it from my blogroll…. But the time has come.

The last straw was a post that compares Hobby Lobby to the martyred St. Stephen and encourages Christians to believe the ridiculous and unscientific lie that the hormonal birth control causes abortions.  It’s offensive to me as a Christian, as a woman, and as someone with a brain.  Other great contenders for worst post ever include a piece about a Jewish Christian who apparently thinks she can follow Jesus while living a settlement in the West Bank (?!?) and a piece that hated on vibrators.  There were some other pretty bad ones, but those are the ones that really stick out.  ;-)

I do think a few of the posts at Her.meneutics are worthwhile… but the editors obviously have no filter.  I don’t have time to pan for gold, and I feel a little awkward about “recommending” a blog publishing so much that is downright disgusting.

So good-bye Her.meneutics!  We will only sort of miss laughing/crying/raging at you.

(As a sort of addendum, I really think that part of why I always followed Her.meneutics is that I hoped I could maybe write for them one day, less because I loved them and more because I saw it as an actually plausible place for me to gain an audience as a woman writing on religious topics.  I’m pretty certain I have not endeared myself to them by writing this blog post, so I guess that dream is shot, eh?)

“Why I’m Still Evangelical” at At the Threshold

I’ve been surprised and excited to see that my recent post on “Why I’m Still Evangelical” at At the Threshold has been being passed around on Facebook quite a bit!

I’m a little disappointed that I haven’t had a chance to post as much here recently, given how extremely busy we’ve been these last couple weeks.  I hope to rectify that soon!  In the meantime, I hope that anyone who makes their way here from my post enjoys looking at some of my and Jeremiah’s older writings.

I’d also love to hear from readers!  I’ve seen a few comments on Facebook, but no comments on the blog post itself yet.  I would love to hear more about what your experience has been and why you do or don’t identify as evangelical.

Digital Potpourri: 5-25-12

Kirk Rule Alpha

I’m instituting a new rule prompted by Daniel Kirk recently publishing his second book. I’ve decided that when friends or colleagues publish more than one book, I am thereby obligated to read the book published before their most recent one. Or, to put it another way, I will not get more than 1 book behind when it comes to reading the works of friends and colleagues. On account of this new rule, I’ve decided to blog through Unlocking Romans so that I can keep myself accountable and so that I’ll have a place to point out everything that Daniel gets wrong (since, you know, everyone thinks they have the right way to read Romans). You may also have noticed the rule is marked by an alpha, which perhaps might indicate a beta. Such a beta does not at this time exist, but I feel certain that given Daniel’s vast experience and qualifications in the field that I will one day learn something about homebrewing from him. All that to say: Be on the lookout for rambling, quasi-reflective, and semi-critical blog posts on Unlocking Romans. I’m thinking I’ll post them on Mondays, but who knows if I’ll stick to that.

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Extreme Right Politics + Christianity = Loony

I had a Facebook interaction that I found so amusing I decided to share with all of you. First, a little background. I went to a semi-conservative undergrad, the sort of place where professors are tolerant of views both more liberal and more conservative than their own but the official positions of the school say all the “right” things. I’m Facebook friends with a former classmate of mine who even then displayed a certain level of mental instability. I recall the stunned and awkward silence as he gave his sermon in our preaching class and used it to suggest that Christians should support the summary execution of any person who engages in homosexual activity. He was one of those people who espouses extreme views, but simultaneously is generally very nice and otherwise pleasant to be around. Even though I know it is futile, from time to time I attempt to comment on his more extreme postings and nudge them back towards some sense of sanity. It was his response to my gentle prodding which is prompting me to write this post. His comment is many things: loony, bizarre, uncharitable, and sad, but above all it is sort of hilarious. This man made a post about how he will enjoy murdering U.N. troops when they come to take over the U.S. for their “One World Tyranny.” I suggested that such an attitude does not correspond to the advice given by Jesus in the Gospels. I reproduce his response in its entirety:

Right, like Jesus Christ Himself [sic] wasn’t a Radical [sic]. Like He didn’t say to “put away you [sic] sword” for later use. Not Get[si..oh nevermind] Rid Of It! Like We Aren’t Supposed To Fight Tyranny And Evil… Dude, Your Social Justice Christianity has your head screwed on wrong. I am Scripturally Sound and your wanna help Pussify The Nation God Gave Us And Turn It Over To The Evil Of EDOM HE HATES. Go Ahead, But Not This Republic. Move To Canada Where Pussification Has Already Taken Hold But Don’t Dare Try To Un-Do The Christian Nation God Has Blessed Me With. Your Liberal B.S. Is Exactly Why Our Troops Get Spat Upon In Airports By Those Claiming To Love Our Country Then Turn Around And Fist Those Of Us With Balls Enough To Defend Her. Perhaps You Don’t Dig My Kind Christianity But At Least My Balls Have Dropped Enough To Be A Good American Hard Core. Time To Grow Up And See It’s Not All About Love And Flowers J.B.[that's me] … Perhaps It Is That You Just Never Knew Who I Am? I Use Scripture As A Sword… You Must Be An Awfully Protected Guy Not To Have Your Eyes Open To Reality Yet. Grow Up.

Is it wrong that I cracked up reading that?

How People Find Us

One of the coolest things about having a blog is that you can see what search engine terms have led people to your site.  This is something both exciting and amusing: exciting when you feel like people who have important questions are finding places where those questions are being answered, amusing when people search for bizarre things and find you whether they want to or not.

Most popular search: SBLGNT
Not surprising.  We seemed particularly popular when we were giving stuff away.

Second most popular search: walking toward jerusalem blog
This one is exciting because it means people are looking for us, specifically!   Other less popular variations of our blog title (including ones that get the “towards” right) are also prevalent.

Apparently we are sought out by those seeking moderate viewpoints:
moderate christian denominations, moderate denominations, +evangelical +blog +moderate, evangelical moderates, moderate evangelicalism, moderate evangelical, moderate evangelical church, most liberal evangelical denominations, moderate church denominations, list moderate evangelical denominations,  christian denominations moderate, moderate evangelical churches, denomination conservative theology moderate socially, moderate evangelical organizations “2010″, moderate evangelical church associations, moderate mainline churches, moderate evangelicals, what is a good christian denomination for a moderate protestant, moderate evangelical christians.

It makes me happy to think that we are there for them, hopefully providing hope that they are not alone in the world.  I remember when I was first transitioning into moderate evangelicalism in late high school, I knew nobody in real life who was asking the questions I was, and hence the Internet was very important for me.

We also get a TON of searches for things relating to Tertullian and women.  Tertullian is apparently a very popular/unpopular fellow, and hence we are becoming popular by proxy.  Kinda awesome.

Some more amusing ones:
5.7mmx28mm ballistics
“power of sin” “boy and”   (Anyone have any idea what that means??)
right mind  (Yes, we are in our right minds, thank you very much.)
liberated from the christological madhouse
monty python help help I’m being repressed

buying a gun in jerusalem
680 gre verbal good enough theology?
boy blogspot
  (Blogs are now gendered?)
everything that is wrong with christianity
silly bandz  
(Have we blogged on Silly Bandz and I didn’t know about it??)
is epilepsy considered demonic
resurrection humor
complementarian blog  
(Haha—search FAIL!)
walking toward have sex  (I don’t really know what this means.)
rick perry jesus
is feminism sin
complimentarian [sic] argument weak

The last one is probably the one that made me the happiest.  Yes!  Let us tell you about its weaknessess, muahahahaha!

Anyway, that is a nice little summary of how people get to our blog.  Also, at least once person keeps clicking to us from Google Kenya.  We don’t know who you are, but we think you are AWESOME!

Ack! Nero is after my blog!

And the winner is…

A week ago, we posted the rules of our SBLGNT giveaway, and an enthusiastic handful of folks participated.  Well, we have used a random number generator to determine who deserves our prize (assigning numbers based on comment order), and the answer was…

Number 3!

That is to say, Christian of Homebrewed Theology!

Christian, you should have received an email regarding shipment in your Yahoo! account.  Let us know if you had any trouble receiving it.

To everyone else, thanks for participating!  We hope you’ll continue to read our blog, even when we’re not giving out prizes. And who knows… maybe we’ll be giving out more in the future!  :-)

The Long Awaited SBLGNT Giveaway

Well, the moment you have all been waiting for has now arrived. Ashleigh and I are giving away our extra copy of the all-new SBL Greek New Testament. See what all the fuss is about and check out that interesting apparatus! The giveaway rules are quite simple: 1. Share this post on either Facebook or Twitter 2. Post a comment indicating that you want the book (one comment only please) 3. In one week’s time, we will use a random number generator to decide who the winner is based on their comment number. If someone comments twice, only the first entry will count. If the number of a duplicate entry or pingback comes up, we will simple find a new random number. 4. We will announce the winner here on the blog and the winner should send a message via email or twitter. 5. We’ll ship it via USPS or UPS to you within the week. 6. The giveaway is limited to residents of the US and Canada. That’s it. Ask any questions you might have via Twitter.

© Jeremiah and Ashleigh Bailey 2012