Because of Rachel Held Evans, they wrote over and over — until it became a hashtag, #BecauseofRHE, which trended on Twitter over the weekend.
Evans came from a conservative evangelical background, where most interpret the Bible to say that women cannot lead congregations. Evans challenged that interpretation — a challenge so powerful that some women said she led them right to seminary.
Some paid tribute to Evans by posting snippets of emails she sent them over the years, part of her consistent habit of lifting up other Christian writers, especially those outside the evangelical mainstream.
Evans wrote about a range of issues, including feminism, sexuality, politics, race and scripture. That writing spoke to a range of people: evangelicals and mainline Protestants, those totally unsure of where they fell on the spectrum of faith, men and women, gay and straight, conservative and liberal.