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Two guys are in a café. When the pastor walks in one guy says to the other who has a bunch of questions in a thought cloud, "Better put those away. Here comes pastor Ron!" Have you been in situations like this where you didn't feel safe with your questions? I know I have.

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Description: A Google Translate box. On the "Christianese Detected" side, "We need to pray for Suzie." On the "English" side, "Hey did you hear about Suzie?" Have you learned things in prayer that was gossip? Have you shared things about yourself in prayer that became gossip?  

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Description: A church is in therapy. The therapist asks, "So how does it feel to no longer be needed?" Actually, this has alway been the case. Many of us are just catching on to it. The institution we call the Church would like us to believe we need it so that it can sustain its power and authority over us. The Church needs us to need it. Look: I don't need my wife Lisa. And she doesn't need me. We've agreed to trust one another, depend on one another, and support one another. We've allowed our love and appreciation for one...

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Description: A man crawls into a cage trap shaped like a church trying to reach a heart that is being used as bait. This needs no explanation. Am I right?

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Description: A woman leaves a church. The people in the church say, "You're going to be all alone!" A crowd awaiting her says, "No she won't!" YOU WON’T BE ALL ALONE I think I was the first one to employ the term “deconstruction” to describe the questioning of our beliefs, the loss of the faith we once knew, and leaving the church. It started when in 2008 I went to a workshop with other pastors to hear a theologian argue against the philosophical ideas of people like Derrida. Derrida invented the word “deconstruction” for challenging the attempt to establish that...

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