releasing “biblical” from its hijackers’ grip

kathyescobar fundamentalism 31 Comments

yesterday, when i was flying home from the east coast after a visit with my oldest-son-who-is-in-college, i was reading USA today when a full-page ad with billy graham’s picture caught my eye.  here’s what it says: vote biblical values tuesday november 6th.  the legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great nation is crucial.  as i approach my 94th birthday, i realize this election could be my last.  i believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base …

a more honest theology.

kathyescobar faith shifts, fundamentalism, healing, spiritual formation 34 Comments

“for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  – isaiah 55:8-9 * * * * * even though I find a lot of things in the Bible confusing, i have always been strangely drawn toward Jesus.  i can’t really describe it, but at the end of the day, no matter how hard i’ve tried to shake Jesus, i know i can’t. my …

on becoming less divided.

kathyescobar church stuff, equality, ex good christian women, fundamentalism, healing, identity 53 Comments

“in an effort to not be a divisive woman, i became a divided woman” – pam hogeweide, at the unladylike: resisting the injustice of inequality in the church event at the refuge this past friday night. * * * * * in an effort to not be a divisive woman, i became a divided woman. oh these words resonate.  so many of us (men and women) have struggled in the church with not wanting to be divisive.  there’s been a subtle and sometimes very direct message that …

of logs and stones

kathyescobar church stuff, crazy making, equality, fundamentalism, incarnational 34 Comments

“let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” john 8:7 “why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” luke 6:41 “do to others as you would have them do to you.” luke 6:31 * * * * * i have been reflecting a lot about these words from Jesus this week in light of our conversation about equality. i think …

jenga faith

kathyescobar faith shifts, fundamentalism, healing, spiritual formation 33 Comments

thank you all for your love & honesty about sunday’s post when easter is hard.  i am always reminded in these moments how many amazing people are out there feeling similar feelings in different ways. i’m more convinced than ever we need an underground railroad to help each other on the way to freedom.   the timing of this month’s synchroblog is interesting, too, because it is centered on the resurrection & “what if it was really a hoax”, a controversial conversation sure to stir up some …

yep, i guess i’m a heretic

kathyescobar ex good christian women, fundamentalism, healing, identity, the carnival in my head 80 Comments

heretic [her-i-tik] 1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church. 2. anyone who doesn’t conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.   synonyms: apostate, backslider, recreant, dissenter, skeptic, freethinker. (those made me laugh!) my post up at rachel held evans’ blog last week–insecure christians–got some great comments, both positive ones & negative ones.  the negative ones tended to come from the perspective that by me saying there is something good …

insecure christians

kathyescobar church stuff, ex good christian women, fundamentalism, healing, identity 4 Comments

this was a guest post i wrote for rachel held evans‘ blog last week (see, i do know how to use capital letters!).  i wanted to re-post it here so i had in my archives; plus, some of you may not have seen it or wanted to comment over there because there were loads of them.  anyway, i’d love any thoughts you wanted to add to it. * * * * * I had an amazing conversation last week with a non-Christian counseling grad student who …

there’s a difference between believing & “right belief”

kathyescobar church stuff, faith shifts, fundamentalism, healing, jesus is cool, spiritual formation, the refuge 27 Comments

one of the things i love the most about our little wild & crazy refuge community is we can hold the space for a lot of divergent views about the Bible & life & faith.  it’s not an easy task, i must say, and sometimes i get asked “so, just what does the refuge believe about _______.” (it’s usually not issues that are on this list, though, they are usually questions far, far more specific.) this is a typical question of most every church.  and usually …