Tamara Out Loud

Christ Archive

Friday

3

February 2012

24

COMMENTS

Permit a Woman to Speak

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There was much to-do on the Internet yesterday over a famous pastor and his ideas about the “feel” of Christianity. And the whole thing– yet another in a tiresome succession of divisive, hurtful arguments among the people who are meant to radiate Christ– was just too much for me. So I said only, “Grateful that Christianity is defined by Christ and not by famous pastors.” That sucker got re-tweeted and “liked” like nobody’s business. And everyone, with their own particular leanings, might well have imagined a different famous pastor as they raised amen with the click of a mouse. No matter [...]

Monday

19

December 2011

50

COMMENTS

Every New Christmas

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 9 and 10 are up for grabs today! Because my actual story is posted in full at A Deeper Story, things will go a little differently than they have with the previous gifts: To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post right here. To leave a comment without playing, please visit A Deeper Story and join the discussion there. I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You interview me for your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you the infamous Hot Stuff sign, personalized as I see fit. [...]

Monday

20

June 2011

41

COMMENTS

Make Me a Roof Wrecker

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Like so many Southern towns, mine is full of Bible thumpers. They are loud and insistent and zealous that you might come to agree with them. Very often their message is skewed; almost always they draw attention to themselves. Not long ago, one tiny church here managed to cause an international uproar and city-wide embarrassment with its vociferous anger. A walk through our university’s liberal arts plaza is often accompanied by the impassioned shouts of a preacher assuring sorority and fraternity members of their place in hell. Even shopping at a grocery store in this town can be stressful, as [...]

Thursday

28

April 2011

8

COMMENTS

We are the Queer. We are the Whore.

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If you have no inclination to hear punk music or to consider the realities of a screwed up nation, then I cannot recommend against NOFX’s The Decline EP strongly enough– it would be far too jolting. But should you hazard a listen, you will be rocked hard for 18 minutes and 20 seconds.  And what may rock you hardest is hearing this: We are the Queer. We are the Whore. *** I’m thrilled to be contributing my first post at A Deeper Story today. To continue reading, please click here. And, friends, it’s scary bringing words like these with you [...]

Thursday

21

April 2011

61

COMMENTS

Pole Dancing, Revisited: Wherein Things Get Awkward

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When you write about pole dancing on your Jesus-y blog, you kind of imagine it’ll be a one time affair. And yet, here we are again: Pole dancing for Jesus. (But not. So very not. In fact, not at all. — Hang on, I’ll explain; I’m just a little skeeved out right now.) Ever since I wrote about my coincidentally simultaneous adventures in vacation bible school and pole dancing, search engines have graciously handed me numerous seekers, eclipsed in number only by those looking for boobs. I can’t be sure, but I like to think they’re not totally disappointed:  As [...]

Thursday

7

April 2011

27

COMMENTS

Tuesday

5

April 2011

18

COMMENTS

Tamara at A Deeper Story!

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I’m thrilled to announce that, beginning with my first post at the end of April, I will be contributing monthly to A Deeper Story. If you’ve never visited there, please do– it’s a collective of talented authors committed to telling stories of Christ and culture. I’m humbled to join them. (You can see my bio here!)

Tuesday

28

September 2010

6

COMMENTS

The Marriage of Church and State: Part 1, The Church

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A reader wrote to me recently, looking for advice (emphasis mine): Hi Tamara, I am a liberal Christian, in that I believe we live in a democracy where citizens choose their own religion. When hubby and I joined our evangelical Pentecostal church, we knew there would be rough moments. We are- shhhh- democrats!  Two weeks ago our pastor made a big sermon from quotes out of the Quran and how awful and divisive it is, while I sat there thinking about Bible quotes that would sound terrible isolated [and], therefore, out of context. And divisive (“Friendship with the world is [...]

Monday

15

March 2010

15

COMMENTS

Unlike Your Christ

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“You are so judgmental and unforgiving of other peoples’ flaws.” That’s what someone said to me recently, someone who knows and loves me pretty well. It would have been hard to hear those words from anyone, but this person has been my dear friend for 13 years. It felt like a gigantic bitch-slap. I flew into self-defense mode, snapping back with venom and then retreating as quickly as possible before I could get attacked again. My friend followed me and tried to talk me down, but I would not have it. Outraged pride felt far preferable to broken humility. I [...]