5 Main Challenges to Staying Christian, and moving forward anyway (part 1)

In a post last week, I asked you to think about the one or two biggest challenges you face to staying Christian. Including private emails, I got about 300 responses, many of them heartfelt and moving. Thanks for your courage and honesty! Although a wide range of challenges were mentioned and specifics naturally differ, I grouped them under [Read More...]

From Fear to Faith–stories about leaving conservative churches

I want to take a moment to introduce you to a book that just came out a couple of weeks ago, especially given our recent conversations on this blog: From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls, edited by Travis Milman and Joel L. Watts and published by Energion. From the introduction (written by Watts): This volume [Read More...]

The Biggest Obstacles to Staying Christian: The Next Step

In the last 24 hours, my previous post has gotten over 100 comments and about half as many private email messages. The comments so far are honest, heartfelt, and I honor you all for taking the time to offer us all the benefit your experiences and your wisdom. Over the next few days I will try to [Read More...]

“Why Do I Keep Believing?” The Biggest Obstacles to Staying Christian

“Knowing what you know, why do you keep believing?” I hear this question a lot. I get it a lot. I ask it of others. I ask it of myself. I think there are many more who would like to ask it but can’t. You may have been taught that questioning makes God angry, and [Read More...]

“Living the Questions” is Great, But Not Enough

I like the phrase “living the questions.” I use it now and then, and so do a lot of other people. There’s even a book out there that’s got the phrase in the title. I like the phrase because it encourages a “journey” mentality of spiritual growth rather than a “fortress” mentality. Some might think it’s [Read More...]