What Kind Of Christian Am I?

I’m a sucker for an online quiz. It really doesn’t matter what it’s about, if I see one, I’m taking it. So, Wednesday morning, I stumbled onto Beliefnet’s “What Kind Of Christian Are You?” I immediately went there. I mean, how could I not? It was quiz about Christianity! Talk about a perfect of wasted […]

A Mystical Experience?

I have written more than once about my problems with the more mystical aspects of Christianity. Some of those issues spring from a mind that may be too analytical for my own good (questioning the virgin birth, miracles, speaking in tongues, etc.), but most of them are related to the absence of a “God” experience […]

Got Guilt?

Feeling guilty? No? Well, you will after watching this scarefest. Basically, it’s says God loves you so much that if you don’t love him back, he will condemn you to eternal, fiery torment. More than that, if you do love God back, but don’t pester the living shit out of everyone around you until they do too, […]

We All Need To Be Saved From Something

Depending on who you talk to, salvation can be a touchy subject. For a conservative evangelical or a fundamentalist, salvation is about belief; i. e. to be saved, one must believe in Jesus. To a progressive, however, salvation is as much about what you do as it is what you believe. You can probably guess […]

My Story Pt. I

Several times since I started this blog, I’ve referenced some things in my childhood that were…, not good. Generally, they revolve around my family’s membership in a charismatic house church/cult. While I’ve alluded to this period of my life, I’ve never told you the whole story. That changes now. It’s not going to be easy […]

What Is Salvation?

Recently, a friend posted the following status on Facebook: “I’m glad not being an asshole is not a prerequisite of salvation.” I responded “Hmm, looks like we define “salvation” differently. Not to mention, “asshole” and went about my business, which included a morning at Love Wins and a trip to the store to replenish someone’s […]

The Pope Needs to Read His Bible?

A recent article on Buzzfeed Political reported that evangelicals are struggling with some of Pope Francis’ more liberal comments. Specifically, the ones about salvation and sexuality. In essence, Frankie said that salvation is possible for anyone who lives a moral life (that includes atheists). Not only that, he has made several (almost) accepting statements about […]

Saved From What?

Recently, I saw a quote from George Barna, where he said “The United States is one of the largest mission fields in the world. If you took all the unsaved people in the U.S. and made them a nation of their own, it would be the fifth most populous nation on earth today.” To be […]

Going to Hell? Maybe I’m Already There

Last week, I said that certain Gospel messages take everything Jesus did and turn it into a “Get out of jail free” card. By which I mean that, for some people, being a Christian is less about following in the footsteps of their rabbi than it is getting saved. Saved from what you might ask? Why, […]

S-A-V-E-D

There’s an old gospel song that goes by that name. The first verse goes: “Some folks jump and down all night and d-a-n-c-e, while others go to church to show brand new h-a-t. And, on their face, the put great gobs of p-a-i-n-t and then, they’ll have the brass to say they’re s-a-v-e-d. Chorus: It’s g-l-o-r-y to know I’m that […]