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Emily Timbol
Emily Timbol is an essayist and author. Her work can be found on The New Inquiry,, Red Letter Christians, and more. You can find links to all her published works on her blog and on her Twitter, @EmilyTimbol.

Entries by Emily Timbol

An Illustration of Privilege

(7) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:27 PM

My sophomore year of college I shared an "apartment-style" dorm with my best friend Katy and three other girls. We had a kitchen, a living room, two bathrooms, and our own teeny-tiny bedrooms that were only wide enough to fit a twin bed. Like most college students, we decorated our...

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Did Someone Call You '-phobic'? Apologize

(45) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Yesterday I watched something play out on Twitter that should not have surprised me. A "progressive" author started tweeting about an issue involving gender, and when people chimed in with how her thinking could be problematic, she reacted by accusing them of bullying her. The word "transphobic" was thrown around,...

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Fred Phelps is Dead and I'm Grateful

(7) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Fred Phelps, the patriarch of the Westboro Baptist church, is dead. The 84-year-old man who spent most of his years bringing pain and torment to family and strangers alike, is no longer on this Earth. In the wake of this news, many people are not sure how to react.


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White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

(39) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:58 PM

If someone had me guess what the most offensive "P" word was to people in my social circle, I would have picked something anatomically related. What I wouldn't have guessed would be the word "privilege." Yet, from conversations in person, online, and overheard through break rooms and church hallways, the...

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The Kansas 'Religious Freedom' Bill Is Unbiblical

(343) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:45 PM

There are few things that make me angrier than when Christians try to twist the Scriptures for their own comfort or gain. As a life-long believer who has read the Bible cover-to-cover more than once, I have a profound love and respect for the scriptures.

Which is why I feel...

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5 Things Piers Morgan Can Teach Us About Being Allies

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Wednesday night Piers Morgan had author and trans activist Janet Mock on his show, for the second night in a row. Her first time on the show didn't go so well, according to Mock and her fans. During his interview with her, Morgan acted like many...

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Five Things I Hope For Christians in 2014

(6) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 8:34 AM

When I originally got the idea for this post, I intended to write about the five worst things that happened in Christianity in 2013. Then I thought about how tired I am of all the negativity being spread by (and about) Christians in the media lately. After all, our message...

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What I Learned From 100 Rejections in One Year

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:58 PM

The first submission, buoyed by all your hopes and dreams of success, practically floats out of your inbox.

The 99th doesn't float. It reluctantly crawls towards rejection.

Like most modern heartbreaks, it started with an email. "You're really funny," said the author I had contacted. "Are you a writer?"


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Stop Quoting Bible Verses at Me

(305) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 12:34 PM

One of my favorite scenes from the movie "Saved!" is when Hilary Faye, the "star"
Christian, gets angry and attempts to confront her former friend Mary. When Mary doesn't listen and accuses Hilary of not knowing anything about the love of Jesus, Hilary throws a Bible...

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Modesty Culture's Hidden Victims

(38) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 7:09 PM

"Girls! Ladies! Let's quiet down please!"

The counselor's pleas did little to quell the uproar of chatter, giggles, and squeals that filled the chapel. This was the first day of camp. And this was the first time I'd been separated from the boys, who were being given their own...

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Jesus Wept, But Not For Reasons Mike Huckabee Thinks

(59) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:52 PM

Yesterday, at 9:59 am, I sat at my desk glued to my Twitter feed. As an unabashed supporter of full LGBT equality, in both the law and the church, my hope and prayer was for DOMA to be overturned.

When it was, my Twitter feed exploded...

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John Stemberger Is Wrong: Gay Youths Will Not Destroy the Boy Scouts

(12) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Last week, The Boy Scouts of America made a landmark decision to officially allow gay youths into their organization. Unofficially, gay youths have been in the Scouts since its start. Gay men and women have always been a part of every organization in America. But they knew they...

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Christians Aren't Right Just Because the World Hates Them

(152) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:39 PM

It's not been a good week for evangelical Christians.

Last Friday, Gawker, no stranger to harsh criticism, posted an article declaring that "Christian Evangelical" is now an empty phrase. A few days later, a Barna Group study made the rounds on the internet declaring that...

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Is the Bible 'Clear' on Those Verses?

(491) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 3:16 PM

One of the quickest ways to shut down any type of theological discussion is to utter these six words: "Well, the Bible is clear that..."

Gay marriage is wrong.

Women should stay silent in church.

Hell is a real, literal, fiery, place.

Any attempt to counter these claims, with or...

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An Open Letter to Tim Tebow

(99) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 6:11 PM


I've been following your career for years -- but not by choice. I went to Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, the rival of the school you later played football for, Nease. After graduation I attended Florida State University (go Noles), the rival you famously defeated, leading the Florida...

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There's No Biblical Reason to Deny Gay Couple Wedding Cake

(537) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Cake is a divisive food. It separates people easier than most savory or sweet dishes. Chocolate or vanilla. Cream cheese or butter-cream. Gay or straight.

That last category is one that applies for Oregon based bakery owner Aaron Klein, who recently refused to bake a wedding cake for...

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Please Stop Forcing Me to Look at Your Paleo Dishes

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 1:11 PM

A friend of mine, who is now the father of an apple-cheeked blonde little boy, used to have a disgusting hobby. He would photograph his bowel movements and text the pictures to his buddies. They, being college-aged guys, found this hilarious and would do the same in return. That Instagram...

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Louie Giglio's Missed Opportunity

(71) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 2:44 PM

In 2007, I was one of the 21,000 college students packed into the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., for Passion, the now infamous mega Christian conference founded by Louie Giglio. It was incredible. I'll never forget the feeling of worshiping God with that many people --...

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An Open Letter to Taylor Swift

(66) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 6:05 PM


First off, let me just say how much I love your music. It's fun, catchy, easy to sing along to and endlessly relatable. During college, your song "Teardrops On My Guitar" helped me get through a terrible crush on my own Drew, who ended up marrying the girlfriend he...

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Don't Believe the Lies, God Doesn't Have a Perfect Match for You

(198) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:32 PM

God answered my mother's prayers. I met my husband at church. Not that skeezy bar with the sticky floors she didn't like me going to on the weekends. When he and I met, at age 25, scores of our friends were already married. We were Christians in the south. I...

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