July 19, 2013

Since the inception of this blog and the creation of the Formerly Fundie online community, I’ve been getting a lot of mail from readers. I’ve been absolutely blown away with the amount of mail that I’ve received, and have enjoyed hearing from and interacting will all the readers out there who have reached out. On some days, getting so much mail from readers has meant building an extra 45 minutes into my day so that I can properly reply to… Read more

July 18, 2013

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite moments in life is when I put on an old jacket or an old pair of pants, reach into my pocket, and find money I didn’t know I had. It doesn’t matter if it’s a couple bucks, or $20; when you discover something of value that you didn’t realize has been there all along, it’s a great feeling.  When I was at seminary, learning biblical Greek and how to navigate… Read more

July 16, 2013

Do you ever feel like a character from Rudolph’s Island of Misfit Toys? Feel like an outsider who often finds yourself living on the margins, chronically misunderstood by all the other toys who aren’t on Misfit Island? Me too. A lot of the time, I feel like a Jack-In-The-Box named “Charlie”: It strikes me that central to the human condition is a need/desire to be part of a tribe, to be included, and to be valued for your own uniqueness…. Read more

July 11, 2013

The other night, a friend from our adoption small group posted a link on Facebook that practically gave my wife and I palpitations. The link was to the “Head Covering Movement”, which is a new Christian Fundamentalist movement attempting to stave off the movement of gender equality within Christianity. Instead of sticking to traditional fundamentalist methods of persuasion by force and shaming within their own congregations, this movement is beginning to utilize the full-force of modern media with a relatively… Read more

July 9, 2013

People of any book are well adept at wielding their book in ways that are contextually convenient. We, are no different. The better we know the Bible, the more able we are to conveniently turn to one verse or another, ignoring verses which should carry more weight, in order to justify our positions. Somehow along the journey, many of us are either directly taught, or simply come to believe, that all parts of the Bible carry equal weight. Perhaps it… Read more

July 4, 2013

As I logged onto Facebook today, I saw the predictable and obligatory independence posts clogging my news feed. Offensive images of the American flag with scripture scrawled about, countless posts about how “great” we are, and a host of other pro-American jargon that simply doesn’t represent what should be the humble attitude of Jesus followers. July 4th used to be one of my favorite holidays, but now, it is a celebration that deeply troubles me. Here’s why: The mere word… Read more

July 2, 2013

Shane Claiborne once said: “Jesus wrecked my life”. Conversely, Ray Comfort tells people: “If you trust in God, he will never let you down.” As I look back at the last two years, Shane’s take on things pretty much sums up my life. I don’t know how it is that I’m not on in-patient status, divorced, or dead by this point- the last two years have been the best worst years of my life. Years that have left me feeling… Read more

June 28, 2013

As the Senate recently passed long awaited immigration overhaul and the bill now heads to the house, the long-standing national discourse on the issue of immigration will likely heat up again. As we participate in these discussions my hope is that we, especially Christians tasked with peacemaking and reconciling, will find ways to build bridges instead of erecting walls. As a first step in this bridge building, I pray that once and for all, we will stop using the term… Read more

June 27, 2013

  On February 26, 2012 George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Each day for the foreseeable future, the 24 hour news networks will inundate us with the daily news as he now goes to trial for the murder of 17 year old, Trayvon Martin. When this senseless killing first took place, police were slow to arrest Zimmerman, who claimed his killing was justified under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. These laws permit, in some circumstances, the… Read more

June 26, 2013

Do you suffer from church related trauma? This is a post for those who do, and those who don’t. Maybe the extent of your church trauma is having to sit through stuff like this: Or, maybe your church related trauma is a little more serious. When we were dating, one of the things my wife used to say that infuriated me was “I don’t like Christians”. “How can you not like Christians? That’s what you are, you’re a Christian!” I’d… Read more

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