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…]

Dear Christian: If the Thought of Either Romney or Obama Getting Elected Makes You Fearful, Angry, or Depressed, You Have What we Call a Theological Problem

Before we get going here, let’s be clear on what and what This is not a cynical, “I’m above it all,” anti-political rant. I am not telling you both candidates are the same. I am not telling you not to vote. I am not telling you to stop arguing about politics and coming to [Read More…]

Speaking of Culture Wars: Evangelicals and the Bible (Again)

Today, Rachel Held Evans posted on how Christian culture wars may be winning battles but losing a generation. Younger Christians are growing tired of having the Good News defined by their leaders going into default battle mode whenever a controversial social or political issue comes up. I agree with Rachel’s observation, and it struck me immediately that it [Read More…]