AM Radio: Fight the Patriarchy

AM Radio Cover ArtOn this episode, we talk about the relationship between women and the church, how some things church leaders say and write is just not okay and how it is equally not okay not to speak out against it.

Here are some links:

Our Gofundme page

The Brookings Institute report on inequalities, contraceptives and abortion

And these blog posts I have written:

Can a woman be an apostle? (Besides Junia?)

On Women and Slaves

Leave Her Alone (Mary Anoints Jesus)

The Apostle Mary

The First Person to Preach the Gospel: The Samaritan Woman at the Well

feeling the burn

Have you ever tried to start working out after a long period of not getting much exercise? Those first few sessions are rough. You feel awkward doing the exercises, your body protests with various phantom pains, it’s hard to breathe. And after is the worst, with the shaking and soreness. Basically you feel like you’re about to die. (At least that’s been my experience. Maybe you do better than me on this. Exercise and I have an off-again on-again relationship.)

A similar dynamic occurs any time we try to take positive steps in our spiritual, relational, or social lives (these are closely linked but that’s a topic for another day). Invariably, what we are trying to do in these areas requires new and different actions and these feel awkward and painful at first. And the immediate effects from them may feel kind of like walking (limping) out of a new (to us) gym. It takes time and reps to get past this initial painful, awkward stage, for the true benefits to start showing up.

Don’t quit if it feels weird and hard at the beginning. That is as normal as hating those first few treadmill runs. Press through in what you’ve started and it will get easier and better and you will healthier for it.