The Radical Notion that Children Can Have Anxiety Too

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By SamanthaOriginally posted on Defeating the DragonsI was in a conversation a few days ago that has stayed with me, and I think what I noticed is important. A few moms brought up how their children respond to church services, and as a part of that discussion, one mother mentioned that her son said “the music gave him a stomach ache.” Responses were along the lines of “well, no wonder, rock concerts in church aren’t very restful.” It seemed to me that they were chalking up this toddler’s … [Read more...]

You Only Think You’re Saved

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Evangelical Christians believe that there is a literal heaven and a literal hell, and that one of our primary focuses on this earth should be ensuring that as many people go to heaven as possible. Given the belief in a literal heaven and a literal hell, this makes sense. Evangelicals believe that because we do bad things (aka "sin"), we deserve to go to hell, but that Jesus died on the cross to make a way for us to go to heaven. If. And there's the stipulation. If. If what? While evangelicals … [Read more...]

Fear and the Fundamentalist Child

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Today is Halloween. Sally is giddy with excitement. I'm taking her trick-or-treating this evening, and she's been asking every day for a month now if it is "Halloween Day." Bobby will be going too, his first Halloween, in the matching outfit Sally picked for him. The thing is, I remember experiencing Halloween as a child raised on the border between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. I loved wearing a costume and attending our church's Harvest Fest, but I also believed that Halloween was Satan's … [Read more...]


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