Confessions Of A Closet Christian: What Makes Us Narcissistic?

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word narcissist, I think of something other worldly and extreme – like the greek myth that narcissism is derived from.  It’s easy to write narcism off as something only ancient greek youths wrestled with. When I’m taking communion on the first Sunday of the month, I’m distracted from what the definition of communion is – doing something together as one body, united with each other and united with Christ, remembering what Christ did for us.  I usually don’t cons … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Compare Ourselves To Others?

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word “compare,” I think of being lesser than, less cool and not measuring up.  It’s easy to compare ourselves to other people. Sometimes I think we all live fake realities.  We censor our lives through status updates and Instagram filters and then we compare our real lives with everyone else’s fake ones.  It’s easy to get down on yourself when everyone is getting a new apartment, a new dog, a new fiancé, a new husband, a new house, and a new baby.  I sit at my … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Worry?

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[display_podcast] I think I follow a bit of a God pattern.  Here’s what it looks like: I work myself up into a tizzy.  This is usually very melodramatic as no one has died, but rather plans – my plans – have changed. I freak out in my tizzy.  This usually happens at a speed of 0-60 and sends me into stern-worded rants, ugly crying, and the mass consumption of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream along with a dozen cookies. I realize God is supposed to be some sort of Mastermind, so I decide to put my wh … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: How Can Good Things Become Idols?

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word, “idol”, I think of the Israelites worshipping a golden calf in the desert while Moses was away on a mountain. It’s hard to relate to a people bowing down before a hunk of metal in the shape of a bovine.  I’ve never once had the impulse to do this. As a child, I thought I had the idol thing covered.  I mean, the second of the ten commandments says:  You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: How Does God Use Us To Reach People?

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[display_podcast] Sometimes I wonder how God uses us to reach people.  Most of the time I wonder if I should be doing more.  Should I say something?  Should I actively bring up God on purpose, or should I let God open up that opportunity? Most of the time, I think I remain idle.  Content to let days, weeks, and months slip by, easily forgetting the value of my salvation and not worried about sharing that complex mystery with others. I get annoyed with somebody and behave badly.  In traffic, at … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian 23: Marriage Story

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[display_podcast]This is Confessions of a Closet Christian, the podcast that explores Christianity from a 20-something perspective, relaying modern trends, discoveries, struggles, and pop culture references.  I'm Jana Elizabeth - now Doughty - yes, about that name change.You may have guessed it.  I managed to get married.  It's the best thing to ever happen to me and this is coming from the girl who is completely career-oriented and who didn't want to get married and bear obligatory ch … [Read more...]


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