I’ve been away a bit–you know the drill by now: sickness, travel, family, life. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy writing. In fact, I’ve been very busy writing and hope to be even busier soon (more on that later). But for now, I’d love to share some of the things that I’ve been processing over the last few weeks.
A few months ago, blogger and author Tyler Braun asked me to participate in an blog series about calling. Tyler is a also pastor in Oregon and as part of the work of discipleship, he felt burdened to start a conversation about how we find and know our vocation. Of course, this kind of thing is right up my alley–I think they call it “my jam” these days–and I was thrilled to contribute a piece about how the details of our lives reveal our callings. The way God has formed you, from where you live, to what you love to do, to your closest relationships, all work together to reveal His will for you. Tyler also had the foresight to compile all the entries into a FREE downloadable ebook. Take a look and please pass it along to folks you might know are wrestling with this question right now.
Birth control itself is a pretty volatile conversation for Christians–and it’s made even more volatile when we mix it with questions of poverty and autonomy. It’s just too easy to try to solve a poor woman’s problems by handing her birth control. I’ve started thinking that maybe we’re approaching this whole discussion the wrong way. As Christians, we don’t believe that autonomy brings about our greatest good. We believe that community, especially community formed through Jesus Christ, is how we will best flourish. So what if the solution to helping poor women doesn’t lie in freeing them from communion but in fixing the brokenness of their communities? You can read more here at Christ and Pop Culture.
And for those of you invested in the questions of gender and church polity, here’s a bit of a technical analysis of where women fit in complementarian organizations. My friend Jen Michel got this conversation started with an article she wrote after she’d attended a national conference of a conservative gospel organization and noticed that there were very few women there. If we all have a stake in the gospel and we all believe that men and women flourish together, what should that look like in a conference setting?
And finally, I’m still podcasting with the inimitable Erin Straza. Our show is called Persuasion and is designed to give a platform to women’s voices on topics outside those traditionally understood as “women’s issues.” Maybe it’s just me, but I figure that when you’re a woman, every issue is a woman’s issue. Whether it’s parsing our relationship with the physical world, trying to figure out what’s changed about Masterpiece Theater, or balancing conflicting desires of work and home, these are the things that make up our lives. I’d love for you to listen in. You can also follow us on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or subscribe at iTunes.