The Dark Side of Christian Mission Trips

When Jonathan Hollingsworth was in college, he seized an opportunity to spend a year in Cameroon as part of a mission trip. But he realized quickly after arriving that his idealism didn’t match up with the sponsoring organization’s goals.

He and his mother Amy, whom he frequently confided in during his time in Africa, now tell their story in Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World (Thomas Nelson, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Jonathan begins to realize the extent of the problem. He’s excited to work with “Dr. F,” a missionary with a very similar background to him… until something gets in the way.

Amy tells the story from her perspective:

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I Assume They Use the King James Bible

The New York TimesAndrew Keh has an interesting piece about chaplains in the NBA: Every team has one — as is the case for pretty much every professional sports franchise in the U.S. — and they’re as much a part of the pre-game ritual as the shootaround.

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Survey Says a Third of UK Parliamentary Candidates Are Atheists

With the UK general elections less than two weeks away, we may soon see an atheist Prime Minister in Ed Miliband (below), but the National Secular Society reports that he wouldn’t be alone:

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Right on Cue, Here Are a Bunch of Christians Telling Bruce Jenner He Needs Jesus

Last night, Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” Congratulations to him (his preferred pronoun) for having the courage to say so publicly. Even for a reality TV star, that couldn’t have been easy.

But leave it to Christians on Twitter (and an ignorant Catholic blogger on Patheos) to tell the *real* truth about Jenner…

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Secular Students Attend Local Church Services for Fundraiser

The Secular Student Alliance at Clarion University (in Pennsylvania) took a hint from I Sold My Soul on eBay and held a fundraiser called “Send an Atheist to Church.”

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