A Nonreligious Experience

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by Kaleesha Williams from her blog The Lost (And Found) Mind of Kaleesha WilliamsIt’s a sunny July afternoon. Unusually cool and pleasant for July, as the mild breeze drifting casually in through the propped -open door attests. I’m standing near the circulation desk at our small-town library, waiting for two of my older children to finish checking out their books. One of my younger children is near me, her nose in a picture book, and my three year old is playing peek-a-boo around the corner of the desk with a sixty-something year old lady at a table near the resource room. She is smiling at my boy and chuckling when he shyly ducks away where he can’t be seen, only to peek at her again a m … [Read more...]

Vyckie Garrison on “Soulation” – Part 1

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by Vyckie Garrison - Founder of NLQ Here's the first segment of my recent interview with Jonalyn Grace Fincher of Soulation. From Jonalyn's intro: Here you can see us beginning to determine if we can trust one another even as we find common ground. The opening minutes are all about listening well and gaining trust. What common ground do you see us identifying? Stay tuned for more (✿◠‿◠)~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vyckie Garrison started No Longer Quivering to tell the story of her “escape” from the Quiverfull movement. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ If this is your first time visiting NLQ please read our Welcome page and our Comment Policy! Comments open below NLQ Recommended Reading … Quiverfull: Inside the Chr … [Read more...]

Does God Love Us Unconditionally?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardAsk an Evangelical Christian if God loves humans unconditionally and they will likely respond with a resounding YES! God loves us no matter what we do, they will say. If the person is familiar with the Bible, they might even quote Romans 8:38,39: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. … [Read more...]

Why it is Hard to Be Around Christianity and Christians

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardMy friend Zoe wrote: …Some in the secular world want to cooperate with moderates &/or liberal-minded theists.  I think it’s probably a noble thing to attempt.  The thing is, for me, and likely for many others it reminds me of playing skip at recess time with a bully.  The bully has chased you for years, kicked you in the gut and hoped you’d burn in hell, and will be waiting to do it to you all over again after school . . . but it’s okay to skip at recess time with the bully… … [Read more...]

Ryan Bell and the Pursuit of Knowledge

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by Anais Chartschenko cross posted from her blog Whisper Collector(Editorial Note: Here are a few links you have not heard of Ryan Bell and his column/project at The Huffington Post  He was the pastor of Hollywood Adventist Church and now he's in trouble with the Seventh Day Adventist officials)I think the pursuit of knowledge is always beneficial. It doesn't matter how you came to the decision that it is time to reflect and read about view points different from your own. So what that Ryan Bell is writing a book to document his process? I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to do the same thing.How can I capture the emotion I felt at reading Carl Sagan's eloquent … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Defense of the Genocidal Christian God

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by Bruce Gerenscer cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardThere are many reasons people choose to leave Christianity. Contrary to what apologists for Christianity suggest, deconversion stories have many elements and are rarely the same. That said, there are four elements that show up in most deconversion stories:The existence of evil The existence of suffering God acting contrary to the commands he gives people God commanding people to act contrary to the commands he gives to people … [Read more...]

God Don’t Make No Mistakes Says Ray Lewis

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardOr so says Christian Ray Lewis, retired linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.I love the way Ray Lewis played football. A hard-nosed, no-excuse, disciplined player, sure to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in a few years … [Read more...]

A Clever Boy

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by Jeffrey Witthauer An atheist page asked those of us who were formerly religious to share our stories. This is what I wrote up. I was raised in a cult. I do not use that word lightly. The sign outside the church said "Baptist", but we were not part of any Baptist convocation. We were a fanatically fundamentalist sect, and I could count on one hand the number … [Read more...]

Defining Atheism?

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From An atheist page on Facebook by Jeffrey Witthauer in response to a critic. Tony - So, let me get this straight. You come to my post where I talk about my past and my childhood, and you become unnecessarily combative over something as ridiculous as a semantic discussion.If you define atheism as "not believing in god", NGT is an atheist. If you define agnosticism … [Read more...]

Westboro Baptist Church comment on No Longer Quivering: Judge who sentenced child abuser “clearly wasn’t spanked enough as a child”

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by Vyckie GarrisonI just came across this graphic on Facebook. We recently had someone from Westboro Baptist Church post a hate-filled, bible-thumping comment on No Longer Quivering - guess we must be doing something right to have attracted WBC's attention. (◕‿◕✿) Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi sentenced Pastor Philip Caminiti to 2 years in prison for preaching the standard of God Almighty as spelled out in the scriptures. This unjust judge swung her judicial gavel at God and the clear teachings of the Bible on how to love one’s children: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Proverbs 13:24). Judge Sumi called it conspiracy to commit ch … [Read more...]


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