Texas Pastor Holds Public Dialogue with Atheist Couple to Counter Stereotypes and Misconceptions

Credit where it’s due: Pastor Doug Kriz of Grace Christian Church in McKinney, Texas wanted his congregation to get to know atheists in their community. Not to preach to them — not yet, anyway — but to understand why they might disagree with Christian beliefs and to break down the stereotypes.

To do that, he had a public conversation with two local atheists. No shouting. No preaching. Just a chance to hear Kyle and Janie Oyakawa‘s stories firsthand.

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High School Football Coach Who Can’t Stop Praying Has Been Put on Paid Leave

Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy, the guy who continues to pray on the field despite several warnings that he’s violating the law, has now been put on paid leave by his school district.

This comes after he violated a promise not to pray on field last week and before he did it again at the team’s big playoff game later tonight.

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There’s a Reason Non-Christians Don’t Share Evangelical Morals

Christianity Today, a publication whose editorial board believes committed gay and lesbian couples are “destructive to society,” published an article all about how Christians should expect non-Christians to share their morals.

As if the rest of us would ever stoop that low.

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Pacific Union College Disinvites Alum Speaker Who Became an Atheist After Graduation

Ryan Bell, the former pastor who has since become an atheist, was recently invited to deliver a lecture to students in Pacific Union College’s Psychology and Social Work department.

If you’re not familiar with the school, it’s a private Seventh-day Adventist Church-affiliated college… and it also happens to be Bell’s alma mater. So it definitely would’ve made for an interesting homecoming.

Unfortunately, the lecture was canceled. The school’s President, Dr. Heather Knight, pulled the plug, it seems, because she was afraid Bell might plant seeds of doubt into the students’ minds.

Bell wasn’t going to do that. His lecture wasn’t about why they should become atheists. But what exactly would have been the problem with challenging students on their core beliefs?

That’s what Bell would like to know, and he wrote an open letter to Knight with that thought in mind:

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A Dying Child Says She’d Prefer Heaven Over a Hospital; Should Her Parents Listen?

Five-year-old Julianna Snow is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, “a hereditary disease where neurons in the brain and spinal cord are progressively destroyed.” It’s an incurable disease and catching a cold virus could be enough to kill her.

But Julianna says that she doesn’t want to go back to the hospital if she gets sick again.

She’d rather stay at home, die, and go to heaven.

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