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...]

Evangelicals Determined to Hang on to Their Wrathful God

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardCollin Hansen, of The Gospel Coalition, recently wrote a post about the controversy surrounding the Presbyterian Church USA wanting to change  the lyrics of the modern hymn Christ Alone.  In the article, Hansen interviews Keith Getty, one of the writers of the song: Last summer the modern hymn “In Christ Alone” made headlines for its lyrical references to the wrath of God and atonement theology. A hymn committee with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) wanted to add the song to their new hymnal, Glory to God, released this fall. But in doing so, the committee requested permission from the song’s writers, … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Tweet on Thou Shalt Not Kill

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardYesterday, misogynist Fundamentalist Calvinist pastor of Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll tweeted: “Thou shall not murder” includes suicide, terrorism, euthanasia, abortion, but not necessarily capital punishment, just war, self defense. Currently, Driscoll is incoherently preaching through the Ten Commandments at Mars Hill. This past Sunday, Driscoll preached on the command, thou shalt not murder (kill) . Based on Driscoll’s tweet, he thinks:Murder is:Suicide Terrorism Euthanasia AbortionMurder is not:Capital Punishment Just War Self DefenseWelcome to the schizophrenic world of Evangelicals … [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...]

Why Would Any Woman Want to be an Evangelical Christian?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardWhy would any woman want to be a Christian? If the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by God, and every word is true, why would any modern, thinking woman ever darken the door of an Evangelical church?Over the past hundred years women have continued to gain rights and privileges kept from them by men, law, and social propriety. The right to vote. Equal pay for equal work. The right to use birth control. … [Read more...]

The Fundy World Tales: Part 1

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardSetting the StoryMy parents were saved (put their faith in Jesus) at the Scott Memorial Baptist Church, San Diego, California (now Shadow Mountain Community Church) in the early 1960’s. The pastor of the church was Tim LaHaye. … [Read more...]

The Jonathan Nichols Story: Growing Up Gay in the IFB Church

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by Bruce GerencserWhat follows is a brief excerpt of a story about Jonathan Nichols. Jonathan grew up in the Newark Baptist Temple,  the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church ((IFB) pastored by my wife’s uncle, James Dennis.  The Pastor (Jamie) Overton … [Read more...]

Good Baptists Don’t Dance 1971-72

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by Bruce GerencserIt’s September of  1971 and I am fourteen and a ninth grade student at Central Junior High School in Findlay, Ohio.Seven months later, in April of 1972, my parents divorced, and a  few months after that Mom married her first cousin and Dad married a 19-year-old who had a little girl. … [Read more...]

The Voice of Russia: America Edition

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Today some of our own NLQ SASBN best were interviewed about their lives and experiences in the Quiverfull Movement for the radio program The Voice of Russia America Edition on the Jamila Bey program.Our own Vyckie Garrison … [Read more...]

Linda Murphrey Writes an Open Letter to First Baptist Church Hammond

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by Bruce GerencserLinda Murphrey is the daughter of the late Jack Hyles. What follows is an excerpt of an open letter Linda wrote to First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. I hope you will take the time to read the entire letter on Linda’s website: … [Read more...]


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