Just catching up on Rachel Hollis & being "unrelatable."

As a woman who has spent the majority of my life being generally unrelatable, I need to know: Where do I pick up my paycheck & how can I get someone else to clean my house?
B/c so far being unrelatable has not panned out for me the way it has for Rachel.
I mean, it has taken me all of 5 years to figure out how to do beachy wave curls & I still can't do them predictably.
Let's not even talk about fashion, make-up, & "girrrrrrl..." talk.
People ask me if I get nervous when I teach at women's events & I say "Yes, trying to pick out my outfits & do my makeup terrifies me every time. It's the most stressful part of the whole experience."

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7 Apr
Quick niche thread for credobaptists on baptizing children after a confession of faith.

(Padeobaptist friends, I see that hand... please come find me after the service.)
Context: I'm a Baptist who believes in baptizing children upon a confession of faith regardless of age. I've thought through the question over the years as a pastor's wife, mother, children's SS teacher, & believer baptized at 6yo myself. Here's why:
1. A child's faith should not be evaluated by an adult's faith. A "credible" confession of faith for a 5yo is a confession of faith that shows that he or she as a 5yo is exercising a 5yo-faith in Christ, not 35yo-faith in Christ.
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6 Apr
But seriously folks, @aahales is right that this comes from a long history.
Female influencers, particularly religious ones, walk this line of "effortless perfection." They must appear to be just 1-2 steps ahead of their followers but not so far ahead as to make their lives unattainable.
They are trading in the hope that you, too, could be like them one day. They are selling goddess-hood to mere mortals who hope to one day achieve it. But achieving it must remain achievable.
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22 Mar
Here's the thing:

Cultures and communities that can't recognize a self-serving person will struggle to recognize a sacrificial one.
Insofar as a space gives opportunity after opportunity to those who lack virtue, it cannot give those same opportunities to people who are pursuing virtue.
Bad work will come at the cost of good. When the wrong people are given the spotlight, people doing good, faithful work will be overlooked, undervalued, & unheard.
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20 Mar
True Story: When my kids were in early years, we utilized social safety network to allow me to stay home with them.
We used medical & food benefits to supplement a miniscule ministry salary & it was *just* enough to ensure that I could be with them.
Ironically, we made this choice in large part b/c we'd had years of teaching in the conservative church about the value of women staying at home.
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11 Mar
Having made hard choices to leave ministries over the years, I have so many thoughts right now. I know many of you are asking Qs about your own church contexts.

One thing I've learned is that faithfulness isn't just about place. It's about obeying the call of God.
When he says, "Go" & you better go. When he says, "Stay" & you better stay.
The Scripture is full of examples of God calling people to leave broken spaces & calling them to remain in broken spaces. There are models for faithfully fulfilling both callings. The key is responding to GOD, not simply your context.
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10 Mar
An interesting idea in @AJWTheology's latest blog: American cultural power is reflected in our ability to make ourselves & our issues the plumb line for global conversations.
IOW, the unique shape of US culture wars gets exported. It's not that other countries don't have similar issues (e.g. racial inequity) but that the shape of US racism becomes dominant metric for evaluating justice work in other places.
The risk of this is that other forms of racism & injustice might be overlooked insofar as they don't align with US-centric definitions. But the point is larger than this
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