Why I Just Couldn’t Be An Atheist, Even If I Wanted To

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I love my atheist friends, but I just couldn’t be one– even if I wanted to. At least once a year I head up to Mount Desert Island, Maine, to spend time with one of my best friends, Terry Firma, who writes for Friendly Atheist here at Patheos. Regardless of what’s going on in our [Read More...]

Some Things To Consider If You Think Being Gay Is A Sin

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“As I said, I believe this to be an issue that should be kept to secondary theology that still allows for Christian unity and that regardless of where our theology lands, it should not impact the praxis of our faith. I understand this is a hard issue for many of you to wrestle with, and this post isn’t one where I’m trying to provoke you or get in your face– I just humbly ask, that you please consider these few things… and see what might change within your own heart.” [Excerpt from article] [Read more...]

5 Keys To Surviving A Christian Paradigm Shift

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We all go through shifts in our faith, and sometimes they’re radical shifts. It can be hard to survive these seasons of transition with our faith intact if we’re not careful. As per the request of readership, here are my 5 key pieces of advice on how you can survive a Christian paradigm shift. [Read more...]

Why I’ll Always Be A God Believer (about the day I was going to die)

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What I’m about to tell you is the most personal, sacred story that I’ve ever told. I never imagined telling it publicly in front of thousands of people, but something in my spirit says that someone, somewhere, needs to hear this today. Over the last few days we’ve been talking a lot about God, creation, [Read More...]

Wrestling with God: (Why am I still convinced God hates me?)

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While I broke with fundamentalist religion somewhere around 2007, I still struggle. As any therapist will tell you, old mental habits take a long time to break. I’ve been reflecting on this lately during some sleepless hours, and have come to accept something: I still believe that God hates me. I don’t know why. Intellectually, [Read More...]

Real vs. Fake Christian Persecution: how you can spot the difference

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One of my biggest pet peeves in this world, is when folks in my tribe play the “persecution” card. On one hand, we can’t help it– we’ve been programmed to label any negative experience related to our faith in the category of “persecution”. However, we should know better– and should know that this is actually [Read More...]

Shedding Structure Without Shedding Jesus: from the mailbag

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Since the inception of this blog and the creation of the Formerly Fundie online community, I’ve been getting a lot of mail from readers. I’ve been absolutely blown away with the amount of mail that I’ve received, and have enjoyed hearing from and interacting will all the readers out there who have reached out. On [Read More...]


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