something to ponder: should we fear God?

Recently Dr. David G. Benner posted some brief thoughts on whether fear should characterize our response to God (taken from his book Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality). Remember, these are spiritual reflections, not an academic analysis of the various dimensions of fear and love, or how they might play off of each [Read More...]

Theological Growth: Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Theological growth is like renovating your house. You think your 120 year-old Victorian is rock solid, the envy of the neighborhood, though maybe needing a touch up here and there. Until an expert builder does a walk through–and what he finds isn’t pretty. One side of the house is resting on a cracking foundation. You couldn’t [Read More...]

5 Main Challenges to Staying Christian, and moving forward anyway (part 2)

In my earlier post today, I summarized the comments I received from my initial question, “What are the one or two biggest challenges you face to staying Christian?” Now we move to part 2, which is ways in which you have found to move forward. Most of you found it very encouraging to be able to lay [Read More...]

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...]


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