Searching for Sunday, or Where is the Jesus I used to know?

I did re-read Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, but I already wrote a review last year which you can find here. If you are interested in more of RHE’s writing, you can find that here. This post is going to be a little different than my usual book reviews. It is geared more toward friends and family who know me personally, but I hope it will help anyone else who is stunned, appalled, frustrated, grieving, and/or feeling hopeless about things happening in the Christian Church.

The tagline for Searching for Sunday is “loving, leaving, and finding the church.” It uses the sacraments as a structure to chronicle RHE’s relationship with a Christian Church that, instead of welcoming people into a place of hope and love, is leaving people broken, outcast, and feeling distinctly unwelcome. Over the past…couple years, I guess…I, too, have become increasingly distant from the faith I’ve always known, and I want you to know why. Continue reading “Searching for Sunday, or Where is the Jesus I used to know?”

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood (#29/50)

I’ve been so fortunate to have experienced mostly female preachers and pastors in my life’s churches. Lisa, Jonna, Heather, Carol, Darcy, and several others whose names I can’t now recall. They have been my main source of teaching about the Bible so the idea that “women should be silent in church” (1 Cor 14:34-35) or “women should not teach or have authority over a man” (1 Tim 2:11-14) seems laughable at best. For some reason, a lot of people – especially within the Christian tradition – can’t get on board with the idea of people being on an equal playing field regardless of gender. And no, I’m not talking about “equal value, different/distinct roles” (lookin’ at you, John Piper). That’s why I like to re-read this book every so often. I’m a big fan of Rachel Held Evans’s writing, and this book of hers reminds me that while the Bible can be used to oppress, it can also be used to lift up and bring about justice in the world.

Title – A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”

Author – Rachel Held Evans

Page count – 308

In this book, Evans chronicles her year of living out “biblical womanhood” by studying all the passages in the Bible that relate to women Continue reading “A Year of Biblical Womanhood (#29/50)”

Searching for Sunday (#5/50)

I needed to read this book right now. My relationship with the church rides a sort of roller coaster that always circles back to a stage that reminds me of that line in Brokeback Mountain – “I wish I knew how to quit you.” Maybe it’s the political tension and division of people claiming the title of Christian that always seems to fester in an especially irritating way running up to an election year. Maybe it’s because I’m part of the so-called Millenial generation – you know, the ones who can’t commit to anything and always think in terms of “me, me, me” (at least according to some people). These things sometimes make me want to run for the hills and away from the church, but for whatever reason, I keep coming back.

Title – Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Author – Rachel Held Evans (RHE)

Page count – 258

I’d actually read this book before, but it seemed an appropriate start to the Lenten season. I ordered it after reading another of RHE’s books – A Year of Biblical Womanhood (which, among other things, pulls apart the idea of the impossibly perfect, “Godly” woman we’ve come to associate with Proverbs 31). Continue reading “Searching for Sunday (#5/50)”