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Opposite of John Piper

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To me, his theology makes God out to be masochistic. God kills Jesus to save us. God chooses to send people to hell. God is grossed out by our sin. That’s just not the kind of God that I personally want to follow and certainly not a version of God whose followers make this world a better place. It’s violent and spiritual malpractice.

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Backlash Against Lauren Daigle

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I have been living under a rock a little bit because I missed the whole backlash against Lauren Daigle for her appearance on Ellen DeGeneres.  To be fair, it’s more like I willfully ignored it because on the scale of 1-10 of how interested I am in evangelical culture wars, it’s a big fat negative eighty six. It pulls me back into a …

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The Problem with Moderates

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The problem with moderates is not that they’re refusing to “take sides,” but that by not shouting your stand for the vulnerable, you ARE taking a side. The side of the status quo and default power systems of the world.  Want to know whether you’re standing with the vulnerable and powerless? Ask yourselves, how much has it cost you? It’s …

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Self-Love =/= Hyper Individualism

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Self-love, self-improvement & self-empowerment is NOT about hyper individualism.  A community formed by erasing individuality is not about submitting to one another in love, as I was told growing up evangelical, it was about letting those who hold power in those communities to KEEP THEIR POWER. This is why you hear arguments from complementarians that require gold medal mental gymnastics …

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Deconstructing Heaven

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As much as I find the Christian tradition, as well as other religious traditions’ versions of the after life fascinating, beautiful, and hopeful, I have to believe that it is also a total and complete mystery. Everyone last one of us is an agnostic about the after life if we are honest with ourselves. Whatever belief we have is speculation, no matter how earnestly that speculation may be held.

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Beth Moore and Fundamentalist Parenting

In Faith & Culture, Parentingby Cindy BrandtLeave a Comment

Isn’t that the Good News for our children? That they aren’t born to engage in power struggles against us, their parents? We welcomed them into our world so we can share in our power and joy and dreams. So we can have this life together of mutual giving and taking, where both parties enrich one another’s vision for what makes us whole.