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SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT HEAR WHEN YOU ARE DECONSTRUCTING: A woman with her head on the table obviously distressed. Around her are a bunch of words, like, "When did you decide to change?" "I can't believe you think that!" "Sin!" "It's because of who you hang out with!" "What do your parents think?" and so on. When you are deconstructing and people find it... and they eventually will... you will hear all kinds of things. Basically, though, I think they can all be summed up in one opinion: "This shouldn't be happening to you, and you are weak for letting...

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DID YOU KNOW YOU’RE ALREADY FREE? One of the biggest lessons I learned years ago is that I am free. Always. It’s only my fear that holds me back from living so. Therefore, my primary concern as a pastor, and still is as I do my work here now, was to help people who feel spiritually inferior, wrong, disqualified, and dismissed to get in touch with their independence and freedom. Maybe you’re one. Churches are often very specific about what their members should believe and how they should behave. Conformity is a very powerful tool. So when a person finally...

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I remember when I first read James Fowler's book, STAGES OF FAITH, It blew my mind because it shattered my fears of going off track and backsliding. Instead, it helped me to frame the most anguishing periods of my spirituality as potential progress. I happily discovered that doubts and questions are a crucial part of a healthy spiritual life. Instead of being avoided, they were encouraged. It was the same joy I experienced when I took my first personality test in preparation for ordination into the ministry. To discover that my personality wasn't weird but legit was so liberating! I was...

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DECONSTRUCTION AND BEING DECEIVED A woman says to a man over coffee, "Just because I'm questioning my beliefs doesn't mean I'm being deceived!" He responds, "And that just proves to me that you are!" In the religious culture I grew up in, Satan and his demons played a major role.  The kind of logic used in the cartoon was used against me all the time. Someone accused me of being in darkness. I say I can see just fine.They say my eyes have just adjusted to be able to see in darkness! Someone says I’m being deceived. I say no I’m...

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God and Jesus look at a bible. God says, "That's not me!" Jesus says, "Me neither!" THE BIBLE IS NOT GOD OR JESUS This cartoon is going to upset people. Because to them the bible is God. Watch this:  If the bible is the word of God and the word was God and the word is Jesus and Jesus is God then the bible is God.  Let me explain something to my opposers.  No one loved the bible more than I. I don’t brag when I share this about me. These are just facts. I started studying the bible in...

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