Confessions of a Closet Christian 24: Reflections

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[display_podcast] From Jana Elizabeth Doughty: I turned 26 this year. Some people say 26 is the wrong side of 25. I don’t want to make any 55 and better listeners out there feel badly, so I’ll just say: Here is what I would tell my “early twenties” self.It’s okay. You don’t have to have it all figured out. (No one does and this doesn’t change). Spend time with God. As much as you can. Every morning. Every evening. Pick a time and stick to it. And when your alarm goes off and you don’t … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Is There More to Thanksgiving than Turkey?

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[display_podcast] From Jana Elizabeth Doughty: When I hear the word “Thanksgiving,” of course I think of turkey and mashed potatoes.  Maybe a little Black Friday shopping.  Maybe some pilgrims and some corn.  It’s easy to associate the holiday with football games and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  I even think of the National Dog Show sponsored by Purina that my family inevitably watches as we leave the TV on after the parade and begin to cook. When I think of thanksgiving in the Bible, my S … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Waiting Is The Worst

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word “wait,” I think of something terrible – like sitting in a dentist’s office or the DMV.  Waiting is the worst. Most of us are conditioned to avoid waiting at all costs.  I have trouble waiting for my email to load and my Instagram to refresh. Most of us try to cut in line or order ahead of time to avoid the wait because it symbolizes boredom, agitation, and waste. Most of us have to wait a lot in life.  And we don’t like this. I recently went fishing on … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Censor God?

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word “censor,” I think of the bleep sound I hear when someone swears on live TV.  Censoring serves its purposes. When I think about God, in my head – He’s the most important thing in my life.  But I’d rather only eat Fiber One cereal for a month than say that out loud. When it comes to God, I play the censor, I’m my own bleep button. When I tell someone about good news that was an answer to prayer, I’ll easily censor out the prayer part and just let the good … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Think That the Gospel is Obvious?

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[display_podcast] Growing up I had what I’ll call an “of course” attitude.  “Of course” I got straight A’s.  “Of course” I was captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team.  “Of course” I was president of the senior class. I sound like a tightly wound goodie goodie.  I was.  But I worked hard for those things, so “of course” there would be a reward.  “Of course” I would be compensated. Sometimes when I think about the fact that I’m a Christian, I think “of course I am,” which is why I get confuse … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: How Do We Know God Exists?

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word “God,” I think of big things.  Vast space.  Endless time.  Omniscience and omnipotence.  I think of a booming thunderous voice.  Yes, I think of Morgan Freeman a little bit. I also think of a great mystery.  Who is God?  Does He even exist?  And if He does, why does He care about me? I think God is good.  In this modern world, I think we try to dilute God.  We try to make Him into our own idea of what a god is.  God is loving and accepting.  God just want … [Read more...]


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