We’d rather shop than live…

We’re living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We’d rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other. The pressure parents put on kids of seventeen, eighteen and nineteen to get into the “right schools” is stressful and cruel. So please forgive me while I preach a little about the joy of children and grandchildren, because plenty of sensible people will tell yo … [Read more...]

Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with?

When I first joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1990 I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared, having died in 1984.) I argued as if any church I happened to join was ipso-facto the gatekeeper to heaven. I argued in a way that implied that a human could find THE TRUTH and judge others by it. I argued in a way that denied that our brains process what we hear and see and touch and, therefore, all information is … [Read more...]

My Christmas Day Thank You (Written 9:52 AM Today)

Dear God,I hope you exist mostly because I am so grateful for life and love. I would hate for there to be no one to thank. My act of faith this Christmas Day is a simple thank you.Thank you for...The empathy time-bomb Jesus set off in history by forgiving rather than condemningAngels that enter my life each day bringing  peace and good newsMy parents who showed me love and compassion and opened the door to beautyGenie who has been my wife for 44 yearsJessica, Francis a … [Read more...]

Is Mental Illness Caused By “Unrepentant Sin”? How Did Christians Help or Worsen Your Mental Health Problems?

Is mental illness caused by "Unrepentant Sin"? How did Christians help or worsen your mental health problems? This Christmastime share your story on my Facebook Page.My father Francis Schaeffer suffered from depression and I've also felt the dark night of the soul from time to time. How about you? Did anyone help you? In our evangelical family depression was treated as a "spiritual problem" or a "lack of faith." We didn't believe in professional mental health care. We were more likely to … [Read more...]

Does Christmas Make You Sad?

Does Christmas Make You Sad?If so-- why?Me? Yes and No... I think that for many reasons it's a time when my sense of mortality, passing time, and loss gets tangled with hope and leaves me both happy and sad.What about you?Comments? Please come to my Facebook Page and join the discussion/leave a comment/share and thought...Here's a detail from a painting of mine ("Roses Scattered From The Sky," oil on canvas, 12 x 12)  that expresses something of my ambivalence... both joy and … [Read more...]

My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story: The wonderful yet toxic combination of Mom’s evangelical goodness, Jesus’ inevitable birthday

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied: “The guests God brought to us this year, my dear.”Mom stayed up all night wrapping gifts and making everything wonderfully and terrifyingly perfect. That’s why every Christmas morning I found the four-foot-long bulging wool stocking stuffed with individuall … [Read more...]

How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?

Here's a letter from one of my readers that asks: "Because you have your finger on the pulse of this movement of alienated former Christians to a more specific degree than any public figure I am currently aware of- I encourage you to ponder how you might be able to be a leader in helping former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action..."So please read the letter, then go to my Facebook page and jump into this thread with your answer to the "How to" … [Read more...]

Many Evangelical Leaders Are Such SOB’s– What Are They Hiding?

Are Franklin Graham--and/or the 13 Evangelical leaders who wrote to Obama asking to be allowed to discriminate against gay people--gay? I'm betting the answer is yes for some of them. Evangelical Leaders of anti-gay initiatives have turned out to be closeted gays often. Those who fight to “defend the faith” in its fundamentalist harsh incarnation, as Evangelical “professional Christians” often do, have a special need-based interest in making sure other people live by the letter of the Bible’s “in … [Read more...]


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