Fighting the Doctrine of Worthlessness

by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection Let's toss out the Bible. Ah...now I've lost a bunch of you. That's okay, I know you'll keep reading in order to strengthen your beliefs, so I'll just hope that my words "won't come back void." Yep...two can play at this game.You've heard it said, "A little leaven leavens (or leaveneth for you KJV types keeping score) the whole lump." This phrase comes from the Apostle Paul, encouraging the new Christian church to dump those that were naughty. Kick them out. Excommunicate them, if you will. The idea was that the naughty member would, in time, permeate the rest of the church, making them all naughty. … [Read more...]

Fear

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardFear…an emotion experienced in anticipation of pain or danger.  An anxious feeling. Uneasy. Apprehensive.We all have experienced fear before. Sometimes our fear is rational and other times it is not. I fear flying on an airplane. I know that my fear is irrational. I have read all the statistics and I know other modes of transportation are safer, but I am still not going to get on an airplane.  I have other fears that are quite rational, like fear of falling.Yesterday, a Christian commenter had to this to say about their grandfather: … [Read more...]

Illustrative of Complementarism: Yes… But Not In The Way He Thinks

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsThis week John Ensor posted at the Desiring God blog a piece called "An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives."  Here are a few reasons he thinks pairs ice skating is the perfect metaphor and illustration of Christian complementarian (male-headship) marriage: … [Read more...]

True Love Loves All Families and Even Women Part 1

by Suzanne cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeVaughn Ohlman has posted over at his blog True Love Doesn't Wait about families and the Bible, that families must glorify God and fathers are to rule over their families, right down many generations. He claims that the church is somehow 'feminized' and that men have been stripped of their masculinity.There's just one problem, I'm not seeing much scriptural support for his extrapolations of Biblical law. … [Read more...]

Pensacola Christian College and Sexual Abuse Victims

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I’ve never named the college I attended for undergrad– not here, not anywhere else online. I have never brought it up here on my blog because I didn’t want it to become about the specific place I went to college. The problems that exist there exist at most other fundamentalist colleges, and I didn’t want anyone pigeonholing me. I was also  trying to avoid the harassment I personally know comes with critiquing this college in public. … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Seeker King

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...]

Call Me Maybe – The Dumb Song That Made Me Cry

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...]

Church Statistics and Abuse

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [trigger warning for child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence] I’m not entirely sure when it happened, but from the reading I’ve been doing, sometime in the last 30 or so years there’s been a subtle shift in how churches talk about growth. What my reading tells me is that this is at least somewhat connected to the rise of the “mega church,” with it becoming impossible for pastoral staffs to simply look around their churches and understand who their congregation is. … [Read more...]

The World I Dream Of

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...]

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

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...]


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