I’m very reluctantly starting to accept that people in the church will feel suspicious towards feminism. It used to annoy me that people still had so many misconceptions about it after all we’ve talked about, but I’ve been thinking about echo chambers lately, and how the things we scroll through on our newsfeeds channel our… Continue reading So you’re a church leader and you don’t like feminism…
This is a post that’s been going around in my head for an age. I kept writing notes in my book and then not using them because I felt whatever angle I went for, someone would get offended. So I’m throwing caution to the wind and hoping that everyone who reads this will understand that… Continue reading Let’s Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah
By Alie Benge ‘Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble’. Judges 10:14 At the end of last year, I applied to do my masters in creative writing through the IIML. Only ten people get in each year, out of around 200 applications. So,… Continue reading When Idols Do What Idols Do
I’m writing this at 10 pm in New Zealand. I’ve just spent hours sitting in front of a live feed, watching a fascist Cheezel rise to power over someone infinitely more qualified. From my window, I could see a very timely storm rolling its sleeves up. I even learned how to turn the TV on.… Continue reading How then shall we live?
By Alie Benge Welcome to the first in a new series. Over the course of a few posts we’re interviewing people who’ve done a diploma at Bible College and why they took a year out of their lives to study the bible. First up, it’s me! When and what did you study: I think it was… Continue reading Reflecting On a Year at Bible College
By Alie Benge I went to a talk the other day by the queen of Australia – Melinda Tankard Reist. The topic sounds so grim that I didn’t even want to tell people where I was going, but it was about the sexualisation of children in Western society, and how the normalisation of images of… Continue reading Where Are The Men?
By Alie Benge A while ago I was waiting for the bus to work, wrapped up in a thousand layers because New Zealand. Nothing was different to any other morning, except for the massive existential crisis taking place in the ol’ brain. It was time for my biennial period of doubt. Doubt is something that… Continue reading On Embracing Doubt, and the Doubter’s Paradox
By Alie Benge A guest speaker I’d never met once picked me out of a crowd and told me everything I ever did. From the stage he looked at me and said, ‘You’ve been trying to help people who won’t be helped. This is what you’re doing:’ He said and proceeded to imitate the last four… Continue reading On Burning Out and Getting Used
I went to see Risen the other week, pre-judgements in hand. From the trailer it looked like a fresh take, but there are certain things I’ve come to expect from any bible movie – washed out theology, campy dialogue and a Jesus that looks fresh from the salon. Surprisingly, Risen was so good. Though based… Continue reading Thoughts from RISEN
I always thought I’d end up as a missionary. I’d just kind of figured…