Wednesday, July 20, 2016

If Dreams Were Dresses

Once upon a time, there lived a little Christian girl in a little Christian family who led a good homeschooled Christian life alongside her youth group Christian friends. Saturday mornings were reserved for evangelism. Modesty was the most important part of her wardrobe. Her greatest dream was to get married and have eight kids.

ponytails have just never been my look

Once upon a time, that girl was me. I thought feminism was wrong and God's plan for me was to be a homemaker. I thought I couldn't be a functioning adult woman until I knew how to sew my own clothes and bake from scratch. I was convinced that four boys and four girls was the ideal family size.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Movie Review, Courtesy of Fish Flix

Hello, my lovely readers! It's been a long while since I've done any reviewing. Between college, work, internships, and extracurriculars, I haven't had the time to make any reviewing commitments.

Earlier this year, though, I got an email from a representative of asking if I would review a film they'd send me. I picked a genre, they mailed me a DVD, and this week I finally had the time to put together my honest review. I might be a bit rusty at the whole critiquing thing, but I tried. Here we go!

About the Movie:

Eternal Salvation by Eternal Salvation Productions, LLC

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Jonathan Wright (Bradley Snedeker) has it all, a prestigious job, incredibly beautiful wife Amy (Jessica Morris), gorgeous 7-year-old daughter Megan (Isabella Cuda) and countless friends.  Having recently been appointed to Sr. Vice President of business relations for a well-established investment banking firm, Jonathan believes he is on the fast-track to reaching the apex of his career.  He and his team have been assigned a new client’s billion dollar account.

In the prime of his life, Jonathan suffers a life threatening brain aneurysm that leaves him comatose.  After regaining consciousness, he begins the grueling task of rebuilding his life.  During this difficult time, he is determined to find the true meaning of life.

He realizes that everything he thought was important in life is just vanity.  This new revelation takes a toll on his professional life and his entire world begins to crumble around him.  He is ostracized by his friends.  The only person who doesn’t question Jonathan’s quest for truth is his colleague, Paul Jenkins (Darren Dupree Washington), a devoted Christian.

Paul takes Jonathan under his wing to mentor him spiritually.  During this spiritual journey, Jonathan is forced to confront the sins of his past before discovering the truth that waits in his future.

My Thoughts:

I tried not to give away too much, but this review might be a bit spoilery. Sorry.

This movie ricochets between a refreshing new style of Christian film and a potluck of typical Christian cliches. I'm not really sure what to make of it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Christian Closet: Yours Truly, Emily Rachelle

Between finals week, moving out of the dorm, and my summer internship, I haven't kept up with the blog. I hope to get a few more posts up this summer.

I've been working on this last Christian Closet post for a month now. It would be wrong of me to continue my blogging on the queer community without stopping to acknowledge the abhorrent event that recently rocked that community.

Since the murder of 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, my friends and I have been reminded just how fragile our hard-won freedom is. We're reminded to count every day a blessing and never let go of each other. In a world where men and women even younger than me are shot and hung and beaten for an intrinsic part of their identity, the freedom to be ourselves is rare and worth clinging to. Eventually I hope to say more about Orlando and the victims of this bloody, preventable hate crime, but right now I still need time to process the loss and collect my thoughts.

I've started a lot of series on this blog before. I don't think any of them have ever had as much feedback as this latest series, The Christian Closet.

When I started this series, it was with the simple intent to share people's stories. My audience here is largely made up of conservative Christians, the group supposedly most at odds with the LGBTQ community. My post "A Coming Out" made waves. As a result of that post, I started hosting LGBTQ Christian friends to show how these two "enemy" groups actually overlap.

I hope you've listened to these stories, my lovely readers. I know some of you have commented, and I and my guests appreciate that. It's good to know your story is heard. Now, to wrap up the series, it's my turn. Today, my lovely readers, I'll be telling my own story as a nondenominational bisexual Christian.