In the last week I’ve had Christians making assumptions about me like five times, so this post just about walked up and yelled at me to write it. Here we go! “I hope one day you find peace,” wrote the sweet, naive young Christian woman. She meant well and I’m not angry or offended with her, but it made me think about the many times Christians have assumed things about me just this week (many in a way less friendly… Read more

Housekeeping kinda post. I just wanted to say that we’re now at two(ish) months since this blog began and I’m just so impressed with how the community is managing itself. I put comments on moderation to help create a “safe space” for those who don’t normally get a safe space in the blogosphere, and I want y’all to know something I realized today and found rather remarkable: I have approved without changes every single comment I’ve ever gotten on this… Read more

My great thanks to David for nominating me for an Inspiring Blogger Award! That was super-sweet and I sure do appreciate the nod. <3 to him, all those wonderful friends I’ve made through this blog already, and to the new folks coming in. A couple months ago when I took the plunge I’d never have imagined I’d reach and touch so many people in this short time. So let me explain a little to catch everybody up. My blog is… Read more

One of the most aggravating logical fallacies I see Christians use is the circular argument. That means that the argument’s premise must be assumed to be true to get to the conclusion, which is similarly assumed to be true, and the conclusion then links you straight to the premise again. Neither the premise nor the conclusion is actually demonstrated to be true; both must be assumed to be truthful and accurate for the argument to work. Many Christians love this… Read more

Imagine if a parent said this to you: I’ve got a ten-year-old son. I love him very dearly. Today I’m planning to backhand him in the face. He’ll ask “Why did you do that, Mother?” But he needs to figure this stuff out on his own, so I won’t tell him that it’s because I overheard him saying disrespectful things about his school bus driver. He’ll probably spend a few days agonizing over why I struck him, and he’ll go… Read more

Once upon a time, I knew a man who was a really good person. He was a Christian, but you know by now that I already think that it wouldn’t matter what religion he was. Good is as good does. Well, he thought it mattered. He’d chosen to minister to those around him by being as good a Christian as he humanly could, as Christlike as he could be. He clothed the naked, fed the hungry (for which I am… Read more

I’m an American, if anybody hadn’t caught that yet. Today is very special to me because I love my country very much. And I love my country very much because of its guiding principle of individual freedom. Unfortunately, not everyone in my country cherishes that principle. Read more

“It’s either mean or it’s arbitrary,” said the little boy in the strip, “and either way I’ve got the heebie-jeebies.” Set the Wayback Machine to roughly 1992. I was in my living room reading “Calvin & Hobbes,” a comic strip about a rambunctious boy and his imaginary friend. I was beginning to question my Pentecostal faith but this was before I’d gotten very far. Meanwhile, this very badly shaken-up fictional boy was considering the death of a tiny baby raccoon…. Read more

Houston, 1989. It was a dark and stormy night, the night my god saved my life. As the revival crowd began to pour out of the church into the rain-slicked parking lot, I felt like I was walking on air. It’d been an awesome service and even as late as it was–after midnight at least–I was so energized I felt like I could dance all night. I talked to my friends and my boyfriend, Biff, as my little group walked… Read more

One of the most interesting things to come out of the DOMA decision this week has been seeing how various factions of Christianity have been handling the spanking they got at the belts of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Here’s a quick primer on just what got changed, if you need it. In terms of definitive moments in the culture wars, you couldn’t do a lot better than this one. DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, got… Read more

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