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Gungor: Faith vs Dogma

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

 “If you asked any Christian before the birth of the modern era and the Enlightenment, ‘what is the foundation of Christianity?’, they would say ‘Jesus...

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GOD-TALK

Dear Susan: Are Ex-Gay Camps a Good Idea?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014

Have you heard of “reparative therapy?”  Ex-gay camps?  Where they “cure” the gay out of kids and young adults?  Do they work – are they a good idea?...

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REAL LIFE

Jesus Isn’t Going to Take Away My Zoloft

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

I have been taking Zoloft (anti-depressant) for four years. I began taking it during my freshman year in college because I had been suffering from severe panic attacks for about...

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LOVE, SEX, FAMILY

Is Divorce Really Wrong?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014

In the past, my beliefs about divorce were as black and white as the text on the pages of the Bible. From this legalistic perspective, there were really only two conditions within...

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Dear Susan: Are Ex-Gay Camps a Good Idea?

Dear Susan: Are Ex-Gay Camps a Good Idea?

Aug 22, 2014

Have you heard of “reparative therapy?”  Ex-gay camps?  Where they “cure” the gay out of kids and young adults?  Do they work – are they a good idea? When a Christian parent of a gay child does a Google search or talks to their pastor, this is often the prescribed remedy to “fix” their child. I welcome the chance to...

Shedding Religion to Embrace Life!

Shedding Religion to Embrace Life!

Aug 21, 2014

“You have no obligation to defend your journey. There is no jury for you to answer to. Speak your truth with authenticity and conviction. Stop trying to accommodate people who don’t agree with you.” Loved this from Jim Palmer and thought you would, too. Memo to Shedders: As you deconstruct and shed your former “Christian” beliefs,...

Gungor: Faith vs Dogma

Gungor: Faith vs Dogma

Aug 19, 2014

 “If you asked any Christian before the birth of the modern era and the Enlightenment, ‘what is the foundation of Christianity?’, they would say ‘Jesus Christ.’  If you asked many Christians that same question today in the post-Enlightenment world, they would respond, ‘the Bible.’” – Gungor Perhaps you heard...

Frustrated Gay Christian

Frustrated Gay Christian

Aug 17, 2014

It’s frustrating when I talk with fellow Christians who think that being gay is a sin and then proceed to copy and paste about 6 or so verses from the Bible. Do you think I’ve never cracked open a Bible before? Do you know that I have a BA from a conservative Evangelical college? Do you think that I haven’t wrestled through these same verses...

Miro Burning

Miro Burning

Aug 16, 2014

I bought this Miro limited edition print from a guy who sold it to me as being real. I framed it and had it hanging on a wall until I finally got around to checking it out. I emailed photos of the print to the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona and asked for their help in authenticating it. They couldn’t say yes or no if it was original without inspecting it in...

This is Not “Your” Country

This is Not “Your” Country

Aug 14, 2014

They say you should never drive while you’re angry. The same probably goes for writing. And while I recently learned “not everything needs to be barked at,” sometimes some things do. I stay in touch with a lot of Christian groups online, mostly on Facebook, because I like to be engaged with relevant issues. And today, in one of those groups, someone posted this...

Jesus Blog: Restore the Beauty of Home

Jesus Blog: Restore the Beauty of Home

Aug 14, 2014

More today from Susan Cottrell’s  “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Home. A place of welcome, acceptance, rejuvenation. A place to be safe and to be loved, without condition. A beautifully designed space of rest. But beautiful things break down in the using – or the misusing. Families can turn a safe haven into a concentration camp, so those within...

Colleges, What Do Your Rules Against Gays Say About You?

Colleges, What Do Your Rules Against Gays Say About You?

Aug 13, 2014

“[T]here used to be no conversation. Now people are talking about [LGBT issues] all the time, and the university can’t pretend that there aren’t gay people who attend the school… Although many of these colleges explicitly ban “homosexual behavior,” they are now home to dozens of LGBT-friendly student groups.” – Philip Francis and Mark...