Weekly Bible Studies in the White House

Should we be concerned about weekly bible studies in the White House? Capitol Ministries has been delivering the gospel to public servants since 1996. This is nothing new. They believe they have been commanded by God to spread the good news to political leaders as part of fulfilling The Great Commission. If you are interested…

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Where the Hell Have You Been?

Something has happened to me this year. I had to step away from religion and politics so it would not consume me. I think about writing here every day. Topics I am most passionate about, like healthcare reform and the separation of church and state, have me surrounded. I don’t know where to begin. I…

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Rape, Incest, and Ignoring My Free Will

I have seen Oklahoma State Representative George Faught’s face in my social media feeds far too many times today. Maybe you have, too. He is responsible for yet another Christian anti-abortion bill that would ban abortion in cases of abnormalities or Down Syndrome – with no exceptions for rape or incest. People are tearing him…

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How Well Do You Know the One True God?

I read a post today, responding to the accusation that atheists just happen to believe in one less god than Christians. I don’t really care about that argument, specifically. What difference does it make? It doesn’t get to the heart of the real difference between atheists and Christians, and it is only ever used to…

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Belief In God Can Be Beneficial

I was a passionate believer in Christianity, and I unwillingly dismantled that belief a thousand times before giving in. When it comes to the Christian faith, I have no doubt. I can never believe again. But could there be some other definition of God? Can’t I, too, look around and imagine that all of this…

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Is a Praying Coach Congress? Matt Walsh Is Still Clueless.

Alright, America. I think it’s clear we need to prepare ourselves for a new round of “Let’s Bring God Back Into the Classroom,” brought to us by Christians who don’t know how to stop while they’re ahead. If you regularly follow news stories challenging the separation of church and state, you know the law is…

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Saving Christmas in Knightstown

The people of Knightstown, Indiana have taken up their crosses to protect themselves against a local grinch stealing their Christmas. The trouble started when they placed a religious symbol in the town square, and one of their own understood the problem with that:   Joseph Tompkins, the resident who filed the lawsuit, told Eyewitness News…

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I Might Not Be Your Flower to Pick

I came across some Christian advice this morning which left me pleasantly surprised. A blogger had shared an October post from Jayson D. Bradley’s site. It was a response to the question: How can I convince my atheist friend? And I found no objection to it. I especially liked the following explanation:   Don’t get me…

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Where Can You Find Comfort?

This morning when the doorbell rang, I did what I always do—I called my husband to answer it. He opened the door to find two Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Good morning, we just wanted to share a thought with you from the Bible. There’s so many terrible things happening in the world, have you ever wondered why God allows that?” My…

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This Is Not Part of God’s Plan

If you believe in the Christian Bible, you have at least a vague idea about what might be on God’s agenda. You have read Revelations and watched Jack Van Impe, and you are pretty sure you know how this all ends. And so, I suspect, you are already 100% certain that God is NOT planning…

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Who Created God?

Who Created God? For fun, I thought maybe I would Google this question. You know—refresh myself on the arguments most Christians assume exist, but seldom bother to look into. This mystery never troubled me as a believer, either. Because as a Christian I knew the correct answer to this question is, and has always been: We…

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Take It on the Run

Lying flat on a cold table, I held my breath as REO Speedwagon filled the X-ray room. I was relieved I didn’t have to remove any clothing this time—although I wished I had removed my shoes before climbing on. I thought about taking them off, but it felt like breaking the rules; as if the choice…

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Warning: Do Not Put Your Faith in Science

Why do Christian apologists keep saying this? I know very few former Christians who could honestly point to science as the thing that shook their faith. Most people hardly think about, or even understand the most crucial debates between theologians and scientists; it’s enough that someone on their side has an argument to offer at…

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Slippery Slope

My thoughts belong to me alone, and I refuse to feel guilty about how they might hurt others. My words and my actions can and do have consequences, but my thoughts are how I sort it all out. And I believe the guilt I feel over what runs through my mind in any given moment…

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You Have No Idea, Matt Walsh

    For once I agree with Matt Walsh. Like him, I am heartbroken for the family in Florida whose child was pulled away from them by an alligator; and I know it just as easily could have happened to us. Any of us. His post about this family came up in my news feed…

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Losing Faith in God Was the Easy Part

When you believe in God with all your heart and mind, you cannot doubt him. When you first question the actions and words coming from your own flock; or even the words of the Bible—still, the question of God’s existence is never on the table. Even during those fleeting moments when you catch a glimpse…

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Mothering Without Faith

I didn’t think I would be a mother. As a newlywed I did want children someday, but not any time soon. That was something for the future. And when you’re twenty, that future exists in a whole other lifetime. It’s funny, because I do feel as if I have lived many lifetimes since then. The longer you wait, the…

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No Flowers

It was on this day in 1909 that an unusual funeral was held in the small town of Ada, Ohio. William H. Morrow, a Baptist minister-turned-atheist, had carved out a respectable name for himself among his neighbors. He had offered his services as Health Officer for twenty years, free of charge; and he was President…

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