Kathie Lee Gifford is a bad follower of Jesus. Her humility and sincerity in describing her personal faith journey, one that began at age 12, is indicative of a woman who leads a rich, bold life of risks and rewards, successes and struggles, questions and … not answers, but something much more valuable: meaningful experiences. One who has tested traditional boundary lines and emerged more fluid yet more faithful for it. When it comes to right religion she is less about certainty, more about truth. When it comes to worldview she is less partisan, more shalom. When it comes to practice, she is less textbook (and less holy book), more viva la vida.
Which is why I consider her a Femmevangelical — a woman who doesn’t submit, who challenges the status quo, who lives her compassionate faith and feminine worth out loud. It is also why she has dedicated the past 12 years of her busy career to bringing the life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, the first female evangelist in America, to the public in the most significant way since they sang of her decades ago in the classic song Hooray for Hollywood: