Archives for October 2012

A reader asks: “How can I believe in God as you do?”

John, you’re brilliant. Have you ever written about what gives you faith? Why you actually believe in God? I can’t seem to find any writings on your blog about that. If you have them, do you mind pointing us in that direction? If not…. Please… Give us some hope. [Read more…]

A progressive Christian asks “How do I not hate most Christians?”

As a progressive Christian in the red state of Kentucky, I struggle with separating my belief in Jesus from the conservative, hellfire Christians I am surrounded by everywhere I look. My religious neighbors have so nicely informed me that yoga is spiritually dangerous and that Obama is a Muslim from Kenya. How do I not hate [Read More…]

Catholic Bishop tells voters to vote Republican or go to hell

David Ricken (above) is the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI. Recently the bishop sent out a letter to all the Catholics in his diocese. Dated October 24, 2012, his letter in part reads: [Read more…]

Creativity, Pumpkin-heads, and Pee-Wee at the Movies

So I got in an email asking how I manage to be “so ridiculously creative!!!” I didn’t want to respond to that via a blog post, because even I’m not so arrogant that I don’t grasp how repulsively pretentious it is for anyone to write about why they’re so creative. [Read more…]

Post-posters and proposal post

Hi, guys. Sorry I didn’t put up a new post this morning. Pffft. Like that’s causing you Big Distress. [Read more…]

Do “good” Christians help you avoid temptation?

I’m 21, a Southern Baptist raised, but with an open heart. I was “saved” in 4th grade, baptized in 6th. Yet . . .  I’ve been a lukewarm Christian most of my life. Good kid, good grades, didn’t use any drugs or alcohol till I was 16/17. Nor did I have a strong relationship with [Read More…]

I got married to God by a Bad News Bear

So by way of a ceremony that began around 3 p.m. on Saturday in my best friend Pastor Bob’s Church, in which Rev. David Stambaugh, associate pastor of the United Methodist Church of Hollywood served as officiant, I was ordained in accordance with the constitution and canons of the Progressive Christian Alliance as a Pastor [Read More…]

Pray for me as I get ordained as a pastor of The Progressive Christian Alliance

So for a couple of years now Roger McClellan, founder of the The Progressive Christian Alliance, has offered to recommend me to the PCA leadership counsel for ordination as a PCA pastor. [Read more…]

What does a woman mean when she says “I need space”?

Dear John, A good friend of mine suggested I contact you. I am now at the end of a five-year relationship and I am feeling lost as to what happened. We have had no fights, no disagreements, no infidelity. Just all of a sudden, it is over. I came home yesterday to a “Dear John” [Read More…]

The Bible vs. the bottle

I was raised in a Christian family, and have professed my faith since I was a young child. I was also homeschooled in the middle of nowhere, with my only socialization being in the church and youth group I grew up in. As you can imagine, I was a very sheltered child. [Read more…]