Book Review—The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Faith

Book Review—The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Faith

My husband and I used to watch American Chopper together when we were dating and first married. I was never big into motorcycles, but the show was captivating, the motorcycles they built were pretty awesome, and Ed loved it. So we watched, and I found myself getting more and more into it as time went by. Ed and some of friends went to the original shop, met Paul Jr., and brought them a fire patch from the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.

After they built the new shop, I went with Ed to watch the OCC guys build bikes and check out the bikes they had on display. Even I thought it was cool. We lived within a couple hour drive of the shop, so when the restaurant opened, we had to check that out too. Y’all the beer battered mozzarella sticks are worth the trip! We don’t live in the Northeast anymore, but when we visit, we’ll sometimes make a detour to OCC and PJD. Our kids love checking out the bikes too.

10 Specific Things to Teach Our Boys About Sex and Consent

10 Specific Things to Teach Our Boys About Sex and Consent

Now before some of you try to tell me you don’t need to teach your kids about consent because you’re teaching them to wait to have sex until marriage, let me just bust that myth for you. 

First, consent still 100% matters in marriage. Second, statistically, your kids are pretty likely to have sex before marriage no matter what you teach them. If they do, you want them to doing it consensually and not raping people. Sticking your head in the sand, and saying, “Not my child” is not helping anyone. Third, your child may find themselves in a situation where they need to exercise their right to say, “No,” you need to teach them about that right.

Book Review—Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

Book Review—Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

What do you think of when you think of God? Where does your impression of God come from? Is He angry? Loving? Jealous? Mean? Kind? Waiting to strike you with lightning or toss you into a terrible place of eternal conscious torment if you don’t pray a get out of Hell free prayer to His Son? 

How do you know? How does your view of God affect your life? The lives of those around you? 

What Do You Do When God Seems to Contradict Himself? (Or What Does God Really Say About Women's Roles?)

What Do You Do When God Seems to Contradict Himself? (Or What Does God Really Say About Women's Roles?)

I was a women who believed in traditional gender roles (despite my personality not being bent at all toward housework and quiet submission). The Bible "clearly says" women are to stay home with their children, submit to their husbands in all things, homeschool, make their home a perfectly clean haven for their hardworking husbands, and bake heavenly casseroles. And women were definitely not allowed to preach, teach, or lead men. People in "authority" taught me that. They had Bible verses to support it. It must be true, right? 

(Side Note: It is horrifically dangerous to build a doctrine on isolated Bible verses taken out of their literary, historical, and cultural contexts.)