Thoughts of a Villain

Right now I am sitting with the reality that I am losing people in my life over god. I am not the type of person who likes to go around offending people. I care what people think of me more than I care to admit. I knew when I started this blog that it was…

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Satanic Panic!

If you were a child in the 1980s you may have a deeper appreciation for the occult than most. Sure every generation has its own stories; it appeals to our curious nature and desire to touch a piece of the unknown. But every now and then some kind of mass hysteria is born out of…

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Losing God in the Pages of The Bible

Many atheists claim that the number one reason they do not believe in god is because they have read the bible. In fairness, this only eliminates one particular god; but the overall conclusion one draws from mankind’s ability to create a god at this level must also affect one’s belief in all other gods. But why…

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I Was a Purity Culture Failure

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver just made a great case against abstinence-only sexual education. If you haven’t seen it please go check it out. I wrote my own thoughts on the topic a while back in a post called Pure Sex Talk. I encourage you to read it, but there is so much more…

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I Am Not God’s Favored Gender

The only times I have ever wondered if I might be worth less than a man has been while reading the bible. That isn’t what my church taught, of course. My church told me that women were equal to men. They also told me that the husband was the head of the household and that wives should…

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Existing Closer to God

Over and over again atheists receive the message from Christians that we simply do not exist. It seems like a poor starting point for constructive dialog, but the bible is always getting in the way of that. For some reason Christians find it easy to have unshakable faith in the bible’s ability to speak for…

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Guest Post: An Agnostic Rant

The following is a guest post written by Jeff Hyde: “I’m a teacher and a thinker, the latter often to my detriment. Trying hard to be less worried in a very worrysome world.”   First of all, I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind about ANYTHING they believe. I teach high school and this qualifies…

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Working with Jesus

It was a Saturday morning like any other. I had come into work early for the monthly store meeting. I was sitting at a table with four other girls dressed in long khaki skirts and blue button down shirts. The others shuffled in, nodding politely in our direction. Among this crowd we were the black…

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Losing the Unsaved

Losing god was a relief. Not at first- but when I was confident about where my mind and heart were on the matter, the heaviest weight was lifted. Sometimes we lose religion and sum it all up with god, but god comes with a lot of baggage. Losing god means losing a safety net. A…

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How Should Christians Talk to Atheists?

My husband’s parents buy all of their children an annual subscription to the Answers In Genesis magazine. I am quite familiar with Ken Ham and the Creation Museum. It’s kind of a joke in our house that we look forward to finding this magazine in our mailbox, but I do secretly enjoy seeing what Ken…

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An Interview With My Husband About Faith Part II

What made you decide to become a missionary? Jake, who was involved in Reachout with me. He went and did Arc the year ahead of me and he was a popular kid in my youth group who played guitar. He was one of the kids who played acoustic guitar during those youth group rallys. He…

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An Interview With My Husband About Faith Part I

My husband grew up in a conservative Christian home. He was the youngest of four children. His family’s level of conservatism has made them the subject of many jokes, and we have had our ups and downs. But he had a good home life. His parents loved their children and were actively involved in their…

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The Loss of Prayer

Why does god answer some prayers and not others? Why would a good and loving god allow so much pain and suffering to happen to good people when he could intervene? Atheists often like to point to this as a way of challenging Christians, but it’s no good. I am sure there are Christians who…

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Pure Sex Talk

I wasn’t a serious Christian until my junior year of high school. Like many people I was a believer without strong convictions. I thought the Bible was right, but I also kind of figured as long as I didn’t die I would have plenty of time to be forgiven and try harder. So when puberty…

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Don’t Do Drugs, Join My Cult Instead!

One morning when I was in the seventh grade an unexpected assembly was announced. We were thrilled. We all filed into the gym where we found a large screen, stage lights, sound system, drums, and guitars. That was different. As the last group took their seats, the lights went down and we found ourselves in…

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