Parenthood, disability, ethics, and the crooked way of grace
Explore this site to learn more about me and my writing, follow links to articles and blog posts I have written, learn more about the book, see my schedule of upcoming speaking engagements, and contact me. I blog regularly at Patheos, a web portal focused on religion and spirituality. Below are snippets from my recent blog posts; please click through to read more and to comment. Thanks for visiting!
The resurrection isn't so much something that we believe in, or don't. The resurrection is something God invites us to come and see—and then to live.
Posted on Mar 26th, 2015 in Amy Julia Becker
, Eula Biss
, natural family planning
, reproductive decisions
, reproductive technology
As I cradled my third newborn in his first hours of life, I was seized by a single, overwhelming thought: Never again. I could not possibly have another baby. My “never again” was more than a wearily satisfied observation that our family now felt complete. My “never again” was a desperate plea, tinged with panic, [Read More...]
In college, my favorite professor assigned Charles Sheldon’s 1896 classic In His Steps when we were covering the Social Gospel in an American religious history class. In His Steps is a novel about a minister in an East Coast town who, after being shamed by his own failure to respond compassionately to a jobless wanderer, [Read More...]
Guest post by Karen Swallow Prior Note from EPD: This is the transcript of an interview conducted by my friend and colleague Karen Swallow Prior, professor of literature at Liberty University and author most recently of Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, with Charles Camosy, author of a groundbreaking new book [Read More...]
Posted on Mar 13th, 2015 in Amy Julia Becker
, Margaret Sanger
, online discourse
, Rachel Stone
, reproductive ethics
A mixed bag. We are all a mixed bag. This is Theology 101, a most essential bit of Christian doctrine: We are all deeply flawed—“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3;23). And no matter what our flaws are, God’s grace is sufficient. I thought of this as I watched my friend and colleague Rachel Stone’s words being misconstrued, twisted, and blasted by fellow Christians yesterday.
My "cloud of witnesses"—people whose stories have influenced my life, shown me what is important and led me in the way I need to go—is full of regular, imperfect people whose influence was also somewhat haphazard and unintentional.