Book Review: The Seeker King

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by Suzanne cross posted from her blog Seeking The Light The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley by Gary TilleryBefore opening up this book I thought I knew everything there was to be known in the public realm about Elvis Presley. After all, I grew up in the Deep South, and the Deep South is still a place where the shadow of Elvis looms like a rock and roll Jesus. My mother loved Elvis and my father wasn't a fan of his. I grew up in the 1960s, surrounded by the music of Elvis Presley courtesy of my mother keeping Elvis Presley records on our stereo turntable.My father could not take Elvis serious as a worldwide phenomenon because he'd seen a young unknown Elvis … [Read more...]

You Are You (And that’s Beautiful)

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To LiveWe had just moved to a new state, and a new city. Haley had been officially living as herself and presenting as female full-time for only a few days. We made the chilly trek with the kids out to the store to pick out cell phones and sign up for a plan.The person helping us was polite and sweet. He had long dark hair and a delicate face, after we clarified who was Melissa and who was Haley, he put out his hand and said brightly “So nice to meet you! My name is..” and then stuttered and seemed to glance down at the nametag attached to his shirt, finishing quietly “… John.”  We got our phones, and left the shop, but both Haley and I … [Read more...]

Call Me Maybe – The Dumb Song That Made Me Cry

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous CircumspectionSo, I want to tell you a story. A story of hope. A story of looking back in life and weeping. Looking forward and seeing hope for the children of mine, given to me through the wonders of humanity's ability toIt was the summer of 2012. Call Me Maybe swept the United States, captivating the attention of every person below the age of fourteen. The song was dumb. Pointless. Bubble gum pop-y. Tried and true (translation: boring) lyrics. Sung by a lovely young woman, yet a complete waste of time. Unless, of course, you like your music in small doses of sugary substances, digesting it quickly, and feeling hungry for more … [Read more...]

Religious What The Heck: Naked Church

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Starting with this odd story NLQ will be posting the things we run across that are 'religious' but not exactly something you'd expect. The 'what the hecks'This story does not involve fundamentalists but it's an odd one. A church in Virginia is holding nudist or come as you are comfortable services. … [Read more...]

The World I Dream Of

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaI dream of a world…- where women are not shamed because of their bodies, where men can take responsibility for their own sins rather than trying to oppress and control others.- where those who are bravely trying to expose abuse and injustice within an organization are no longer accused of slander and publicly shamed by those who claim to speak on behalf of God. … [Read more...]

What Was It Really?

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From the long dead blog X-ATI Girl's BlogToo fascinating not to post here.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear X-ATI Girl,Please advise.  Recently someone asked me the question: what is ATI?It’s hard for me to ponder the question ‘what is ATI’ because I guess I really don’t know myself.  (Why, it’s the Advanced Training Institute.  Training in what?  Well I’m not sure actually…) … [Read more...]

The Creation-Evolution Debate and the Genres of Genesis 1 & 2-3

"Are The Fish Sinners?" - Bill Nye

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA lot of people have been talking this week about the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate on Creationism vs. Evolution.  So I decided to weigh in with where I stand on this issue.When I converted to Christianity at the age of 15, I was taught that one of the things I had to embrace if I was going to follow Jesus was young-earth creationism.  The Bible "clearly" taught that God had made the earth in six 24-hour days and that the earth is 6000 to 10,000 years old. So I read several books … [Read more...]

Did I Divorce the Church?

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundLaura Parker is one of my favorite bloggers. Fact: her blog is one of the best Christian blogs around. Laura paints and tells stories in such convincing tones.Her post today “Bride and Divoce” grasped my attention. Here’s an excerpt. If the Church is really the Bride, I’ll admit I’ve wanted a divorce for a few years now.  … [Read more...]

Fitting In (Or Not)

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by Kristin Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIt seems like I've spent most of my life until recently trying to fit in, and worrying about not fitting in. When I was young, like most kids who aren't into sports, fashion or other aspects of mainstream culture, I looked for alternate groups to belong to-- and found them in high school through band and the speech team, and eventually, in the church. … [Read more...]

25 Lies My Church Told Me

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaLast month in the week leading up to Christmas I and some of my friends on Twitter started our own hashtag trend, #LiesMyChurchToldMe. For two and a half days people tweeted the bewildering, puzzling, hilarious, and occasionally disturbing things that had been presented to them in church as the “plain teaching of Scripture.” … [Read more...]


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