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Complicating Our Children’s Faith

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Our faith is dynamic and ever changing, especially in the rapid pace of development in our children’s first years of life. Forcing the fluidity of our faith into absolute doctrines will ultimately harm their spiritual development because it will be inconsistent with their lived experience.

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My #ExposeChristianSchools Story

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I only have a million stories to add to the trending hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools, having gone through 13 years of Christian schooling and been employed at one for 4 years. But let me just share one. During one of our weekly chapels in high school, the chaplain set up an actual coffin on stage, and invited all the students to single …

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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.