-Nicole at Modern Reject reminds us that Christians are saints, despite our flaws. Excerpt:
In the Christian culture, it seems that calling oneself a “sinner” has become a disingenuous way of appearing to be humble or making yourself out to look just like everyone else. “Oh, you know…I’m just a sinner.” Ha, ha. Shake it off. See, I’m just like you. I sin too.
But we aren’t sinners. We are saints.
In fact, we are told in scripture that as a result of the Holy Spirit coming to live within us, we no longer need to sin. We are free from sin’s grip and yet we continue to speak as though we are helpless sinning creatures being throw to and fro by our fleshly desires.
-Rachel Held Evans writes about being in "the Christian industry." Excerpt:
And then my inbox gets a bit too full. And then a commenter calls me a whore. And then Mark Driscoll gets interviewed by Piers Morgan. And then I am warned not to tell anyone about the "gay church." And then I start to worry about my "brand." And then I’ve gone weeks without seeing my real-life friends and neighbors because I’m too busy traveling the country telling other people to love their friends and neighbors.
And I get overwhelmed and angry and tired in a way I’ve never been tired before.
Can this...industry...be good for the soul?
-Which leads to Renee Johnson's announcement that she will not do any more speaking gigs this year, and will instead work on her fourth book.
-A Facebook conversation we had led Crystal S. Lewis to write about how she views original sin.
-And finally, my "Sh*t Emergent Christians Say" video made it to Sojourners' blog! Does this mean I can get a discount to Wild Goose?