Do You Believe in Yourself?

BUY THIS CARTOON IN MY NAKEDPASTOR SHOP ON ETSY! I grew up in Christian circles that valued self-hatred. They didn’t always call it that.  They called it things like…  self-denial, crucifying the self, dying daily,self-sacrifice,beating yourself into submission, ego-less, humility, contrition, repentance, self-awareness. It’s taken me years to realize believing in myself is healthy and nothing to…

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The Abuse Embedded in Church Culture

If the news over the last two years has taught us anything at all, it’s that political corruption is intentional. It’s not an accident.  The packaging claims they are appointed to serve their constituents. But, the packaging has been ripped off and we now know that’s not true. Politicians are…

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You Can Be Spiritually Independent

WHAT I MEAN BY SPIRITUAL INDEPENDENCE I remember the response when I first used the term “spiritual independence” several years ago.  There was a lot of confusion and even outrage:  “Christians are supposed to be in fellowship, not by themselves!” “We’re not supposed to do it alone!” “We can’t trust…

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