I told my daughter she can do anything. She didn’t believe me.

Tonight before bed, my 6-year-old daughter was telling me about a boys-vs-girls competition at school today, which the girls won. I responded by saying, “Yay, girls rule!” She cheerfully joined in at first, but then she stopped. Her expression grew more serious, and she said, “But not now, because Donald Trump rules.” I told her Donald Trump doesn’t … Continue reading I told my daughter she can do anything. She didn’t believe me.

What I learned about male privilege the night I talked to my daughter about the election

I thought I was prepared the other night, when I talked to my first-grade daughter about this year’s presidential election. I was ready for her questions about Donald Trump—“the mean one,” as she describes him. At just six years old, she’s already discerned what has somehow eluded 40-45 percent of the American electorate: Donald Trump is a bully. … Continue reading What I learned about male privilege the night I talked to my daughter about the election

This is what the tortured, twisted logic of patriarchy looks like

The other day, John Piper fielded a question about whether women should be police officers. His response highlights the tortured logic necessary to make patriarchy “work” in the real world. Worth noting: the woman asking is a complementarian. She believes, like Piper, that men lead and women follow. Yet she feels drawn to police work and … Continue reading This is what the tortured, twisted logic of patriarchy looks like

Matt Chandler, The Village Church, and the unresolved issue

I mentioned the situation at The Village Church (TVC) in my previous post about patriarchy and sexual abuse. (For those who don’t know, TVC tried to “discipline” a former member for annulling her marriage after she learned her husband was using child porn. Lead pastor Matt Chandler has since apologized. You can read more about … Continue reading Matt Chandler, The Village Church, and the unresolved issue

Sexual abuse won’t stop unless the church puts women in power

Bill Gothard. Doug Phillips. Sovereign Grace Ministries. Bob Jones University. Josh Duggar. The Village Church. Oh, and lest we think this is purely an evangelical phenomenon—or that fundamentalists are the only ones who minimize abuse, marginalize women, and harbor their abusers—John Howard Yoder. There is no single, magic answer to the epidemic of abuse in the … Continue reading Sexual abuse won’t stop unless the church puts women in power

Why Russell Moore is right: racial injustice IS a gospel issue

I worry a bit when we start labeling ever divisive matter a “gospel issue.” Surely not everything rises to this threshold. Surely if you play the “gospel” card too many times—if you argue that “the gospel is at stake” in practically every debate—pretty soon the word loses all meaning. It becomes little more than a rhetorical club for stifling debate, for … Continue reading Why Russell Moore is right: racial injustice IS a gospel issue

Where are all the women? What my bookshelf says about the continuing effects of patriarchy

The other day, I did one of those “10 books that stayed with me” status updates on Facebook. It’s a thing that’s been going around for a while now. (After more than 130,000 such lists were tallied, Harry Potter came out on top, in case you were wondering.) For my list, I chose to highlight … Continue reading Where are all the women? What my bookshelf says about the continuing effects of patriarchy