The Red Couch: The Power of Proximity Introduction

I cried so hard…believing that somehow the tears brought me closer to the children I was reading about. I vowed to never forget the indignation I felt after reading Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol about the devastating reality of children living in the South Bronx who lacked vital resources. I wanted to translate those feelings into […]

The Red Couch: Dangerous Territory Discussion

We weren’t supposed to use the “M” word. Speaking, emailing or writing the word “missionary” could endanger us, our organization, or our friends. I worked in China five years with the same organization as Amy Peterson, the author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World. Like Amy, I also indulged in a […]

No Other Gods: An Interview With Ana Levy-Lyons

When I first received a copy of No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments, I’ll admit that I put off reading it. Growing up in the church, I thought I knew all about these ten ways. When I did read it, my first thought was regret that I had waited so long! (In reality, […]

The Red Couch: Dangerous Territory Introduction

The appalled look on their faces told me this idea was unwelcome. To my non-Christian friends, the mere mention of “missionaries” conjured images of vulnerable people cajoled into forsaking their own cultural traditions, hungry citizens of developing nations promised food in exchange for a proclamation of faith in Jesus and a denunciation of other gods, […]

The Red Couch: Mujerista Theology Discussion

Our house is alive with the frenetic energy of the five o’clock rush. My eldest daughter calls out from the lounge, questioning me about the surname of a worship musician and songwriter who she really likes. My attention is scattered at best. Her voice, vying for my attention, cuts through the clatter of kitchen noise: […]