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Perspectives from Exile: Palestinian - Jewish, Christian - Pagan...

“What is it that exile affords you?…the essential privilege of exile is to have, not just one set of eyes, but half a dozen, each of them corresponding to the places you’ve been.” Edward Said from Orientalism: The Documentary 1986… 258 more words

Burning Religion

Why We Aren't Looking for a New Church

Every once in a while I am asked, “Have you found a new church yet?”

To which I always respond, “No, we’re not looking.”

“But you need to be in a church!” 473 more words

Elders and Deacons, What Do You Do?

Elders and deacons also fulfill other “traditional” biblical roles and special responsibilities for the church in both structured and unstructured ways, including congregational care, teaching, prayer, church discipline, mediation, theologicial discernment, communion, baptisms and the offering. 816 more words

When Church Hurts

Burning Man and Christianity: Lessons in confession (or the lack of it)

Burning Man is currently going through a bit of a crisis.

The last couple years “Plug and Play Camps”, or what is now being called “Turnkey Camps”, began to come into focus in the event. 609 more words

Burning Religion

Frozen

Has anyone else seen the parallels between Elsa and their own experience with spiritual abuse?

I first saw the movie just days after being tossed out of our church and I sat there in tears and in awe as I watched Elsa make the “mistake” of hurting her sister while she was using her incredible gift to create joy and delight. 371 more words

When Church Hurts

Big Fish Vomit

here’s my comment dropped today beneath a most worthy post at Crossroad Junction:

I Confess: I Killed Ekklesia

“Abandoning man-made traditions is hard,” said Jim Wright. 875 more words

Fourth Presbyterian Pittsburgh

Lancaster Christian School Employee Sentenced for Molesting Girls at Church

A former youth supervisor at a Christian school in Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday for molesting two girls during church services at Grace Chapel Church.

Jonathan Michael Macy entered a plea of no contest on Sept. 139 more words

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