The Narcissistic Pastor

(Photo Credit: Alex Eben Meyer)
(Photo Credit: Alex Eben Meyer)

Let’s be honest. When Christian communities bequeath massive amounts of responsibility to their pastors and effectively cut off all chances at healthy/accountable relationships, pastoral ministry tends to attract the narcissists like sharks to blood and moths to flame.

Pulpits make fantastic narcissism incubators. Read more “The Narcissistic Pastor”

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The Infantilization of Women and a Theology of Aging (Getting Age Wrong Part 2)

Click here to see part 1: “Growing Up Way Too Fast.

THE INFANTILIZATION OF WOMEN

If you’ve never heard of the “infantilization” of women, allow me to introduce you; it is an incredible phenomenon by which our society systemically equates femininity with things like vulnerability, submission, uncertainty, and childhood.  To be womanly today is to be, in many senses, infantile (cf Codes of Gender).

We see the effects of this social game played out in our efforts to mask age all the time; dyeing hair, liposuction, face-lifts, plastic surgery, anti-aging cream, hormonal injections, lying at a birthday party.  We want to appear younger, and our desire to do so is hardly “vain” or “shallow;” it makes all too perfect sense in a culture that vilifies old age. Read more “The Infantilization of Women and a Theology of Aging (Getting Age Wrong Part 2)”

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Growing Up Way Too Fast (Getting Age Wrong Part 1)

This is Part 1.  Click here for Part 2: “The Infantilization and a Theology of Aging.”

We are making men and women out of babies.  I know that’s eventually the point, but we’re doing it entirely too fast.  What is worse, our society rushes us out of childhood only to spend the rest of our lives convincing us that we’re too old.  Where’s the love?

GROWING UP WAY TOO FAST

This will be my brief attempt at justifying a lamentation of the loss of childhood in our culture. Read more “Growing Up Way Too Fast (Getting Age Wrong Part 1)”

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125 Million Things

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In the past eighteen days, five million “25 things” were sent out on Facebook.  They are a testament to, in my opinion, the all-pervasive self infatuation that defines our culture (for those of you that fill these out, please do not take offense to what I have to say- for no self survey is necessarily bad, but we do need to consider something here). Read more “125 Million Things”

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