My Journey Leaving Organized Religion by Mike Donahoe
Nov22

My Journey Leaving Organized Religion by Mike Donahoe

My history with organized religion began back when I was just a little boy. My parents were active members of their church and once I was born, they started taking me and I’ve been a part of the organized church basically since that time. I was saved in the church when I was 10 years old during Vacation Bible School. I was active in one way or another for years and years, so when I say I’ve grown to see church in a different way, you...

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My Faith Story; Here is Where I Was & Here is Where I am Now
Nov22

My Faith Story; Here is Where I Was & Here is Where I am Now

This month’s synchroblog is centered on our faith stories. everyone’s got one. i feel like i tell mine here all of the time, but the truth is that usually it is just little snippets of it,and and there is something about saying out loud–here’s where i was, and here’s where i am now. everyone’s got a story.  after major faith shifts, they usually are quite the dramas.  filled with inspiration &...

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Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson
Nov20

Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson

In a conversation with a friend today I was recalling how many years ago I used to ask God to reduce me to love. It sounded really noble and spiritual. I’ve also often petitioned him for a baptism of love. Seemed like it would be a warm, cozy experience. Now, years later, if asked to draw a picture of the consequences attached to those prayers, I would probably use four frames to sketch a house with many rooms. The first frame would...

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How to Hold on When Everything is Shaking
Oct31

How to Hold on When Everything is Shaking

Pillars are the things you hold on to when your foundations are being shaken. In the midst of the pain and tears sometimes they are hard to see but believe me they are there. Here from my experience is my story and its my prayer that my sharing may help you know how to hold on when everything is shaking. We are living in a time of great upheaval. All around us we can see even the steadiest and the strongest of people, places, and...

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Tugging Rugs and Tired Horses – Disillusionment in the Church
Sep20

Tugging Rugs and Tired Horses – Disillusionment in the Church

In our interpersonal dealings with folks, as long as people are happy with the rug they are standing on, they will not appreciate you or I trying to pull it out from under them – even if we really have a better rug for them, tug ever so gently, and try to convince them of how loving we are for tugging! As long as people are happy with their rug, every attempt to persuade them about how bad their rug is, how unhelpful it is for them,...

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Recovering from a Bad Church Experience by Steve Crosby
Sep19

Recovering from a Bad Church Experience by Steve Crosby

A great challenge for folks who have had a bad church experience is how to recover from it and move forward. Sometimes folks feel very alone. Former friends often abandon you. You feel like you might have even made a mistake (Certainly everyone who stays in your former affiliation will try to get you to think so). The sense of hurt and betrayal can at times be paralyzing. Obviously, our Father is for us and grieves over what we may...

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