Confessions of a Closet Christian: Who Are We To Judge?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “judge”, I think of a short-circuited party scene. You know, where everyone is dancing and having a good time until the mom comes in, turns off the music and everything stops prematurely. A fun time is ruined and everyone has to go home.That’s how I fell when I’m being judged, when I’m watching someone being judged, or when I’m judging somebody myself.It’s like sitting on a ball of fun and popping it. There just really isn’t room for judgment. … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 1: A Game of Inches

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When I was a boy, my super-athletic brother was my hero.  As a grade-schooler, I would bring in news clippings of him and share them during show and tell, bragging, “This is my big brother!”  So, it was only natural that I set out to be as good of an athlete as he was.By the time that I got into high school, I walked onto the school campus for the first time and one of the football coaches approached me and asked, “Ray, do you think that you’ll ever be as good as your brother was?”  Up til th … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 54: Heaven Is For Real

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[display_podcast]It’s been said that this is the year of faith-based entertainment with movies such as Son of God, Noah, God is Not Dead, Left Behind, Exodus and Mary, Mother of Christ due to hit theaters.One such movie that my dad is especially excited about is based on a book that greatly inspired him a couple of years ago – Heaven Is For Real.In the book, Todd Burpo writes that during the months after his son's emergency surgery in 2003, his son Colton began describing events and p … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Only Old People Attend Church

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “church”, I think of little old ladies who bake delicious cookies and wear cardigans all year because they’re always cold.  Or I think of a glorified rock concert.  The worship team has sprung “Moves Like Jagger”, and they seem to be more focused about entertaining than glorifying God.  It’s silly.  It’s kitschy.  And I don’t buy it.  It’s not sincere.The Church is a hard thing.  It’s not just a place.  It’s a group of people.  Many people attend chur … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 68: Straight Talk About Spiritual Abuse

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[display_podcast] Matthew 7:1-61 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye … [Read more...]


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