Confessions of a Former Evangelical

When I was growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, I learned the Christian life was about these things: Praying a lot. Reading our Bibles every morning. Coming to church as often as we could. And of course tithing 10% of your income back to the offering plate. I don’t think my faith is could
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“Life Will Get Better, I Promise!”

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If you could go back and have a conversation with yourself, 10, 20 or 30 years ago, what would you talk about? I know I’d have much to say. When I was in high school, I was extremely lonely. I felt like no one really knew who I was. I was words like “too serious”
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An Interfaith Conversion

We live in a growing interfaith world. We simply do not marry or interact or learn from people who come from the same exact faith background as us. Rarely do any us stay “one thing” our whole life without influence from another tradition. And, because of social media, have so many opportunities to know who
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Not That Kind of Christian Part 3

Continuing with the final post of my series “Not that kind of Christian.” If you missed part 1 or part 2 start by reading them first. Today’s focus is on scripture, so here goes: I’m not that kind of Christian who believes the Bible is inerrant. I am not that kind of Christian that has always
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Vine and Branches

Jesus said, “I am the vine you are the branches if you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” I’m sure I learned this verse from the gospel of John back in my Sunday School days as a child. It’s a great verse to go along with plant crafts and
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Well, Hello Again: Africa

My travels on behalf of Feed The Children this week have taken Kevin and I back to the continent of Africa. It’s been over a year since we last stood on this land. It has been a year when our hearts have grown in courage– for all that a responsibility for such a time as
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Creating What Doesn’t Exist

People ask me all the time what I miss about church life? Do I miss preaching all the time? Do I miss the committee meetings? Do I miss the hospital visits? Do I miss the cranky people calling me after church on Sunday afternoon? I’m not really sure how to answer these questions. Because yes,
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What Does It Mean to Wait?

Today I’m still thinking a lot about what it means to wait . . . My friend Sarah and I were catching up the other day on the phone. We’d hadn’t talked to each other in months so we quickly got down to the essence of what is going on in the ups and downs
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When You’re In Between

I haven’t posted in over a week for one reason: I haven’t had anything to say. For the blogging queen (as some of my friends call me), it is quite a big deal to be silent. I currently am living in this “in between” time– between what was familiar and what was traditional and what
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My Faith is Essential to Who I Am

There seems to be nothing profound about this statement. If you know anything about my background, you know that I graduated from seminary and I served two particular churches as a full-time pastor for 6 years. I blog all the time about religious centric topics. Duh, of course, my faith is essential to who I
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