"Free at Last" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

the church, your freedom, and now what?

Something I’ve learned: there are people outside the church just as much not free as there are those within it. Being within or outside the church is secondary. What primarily needs to be understood is that one must realize one’s own freedom wherever we are. For this guy, it took leaving…

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"Genie Jesus" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Genie Jesus

[Like this cartoon? Get a print of it HERE for just $16!] I think this pretty much sums up contemporary Christianity. Don’t you? One of the scariest parts of deconstruction is when you start to realize that the magic’s gone. If you want support and company, come pull up a…

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"God's Selfie" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

God takes a selfie

I’m often asked if I believe in God. Surely that’s no longer the question. What has belief done but produce more religions, followers, temples and holy books? It certainly hasn’t produced unity in the world, but instead division and violence. Is not belief the problem? Isn’t belief a substitute for…

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"Gretta Vosper" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Why the Church needs Gretta Vosper

The other day I posted an older cartoon suggesting that people are more important than ideas, and quickly wrote a short post about the Reverend Gretta Vosper, a United Church of Canada (UCC) minister who is being tried for her fitness for ministry. I determined to write a more thoughtful…

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"When the Clergy Doubts" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

when the clergy doubts

[Like this cartoon? Get a print for just $19!]This happens more than you think. I know a lot of clergy who are in this position. I was there. Many times. And I actually went through with it. I left the ministry. And the church. You can read my story in…

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"Small Thanks" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Is this you? Check out what this guy is thankful for!

[GET A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON!]One of the most difficult but most necessary things to do is to observe the mind. What is it thinking? What is it believing? What rut is it comfortably stuck in? What box can’t it see outside of? If only more people would try this,…

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"Oppressive Laws" by nakedpastor David Hayward

Jesus, the law, and what are we doing?

[Get ANY of my art 35% OFF code “wowza”!]Jesus was to have said, “You’ve heard it said, but I say unto you…”. It was about liberating people from oppressive laws. It was about freeing people to live a life of love rather than a life of legalities. The gospel stories of…

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"Not My Idea" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Did Jesus rise from the dead? Richard Miller on the resurrection

This cartoon is inspired by a book I just read. Richard C. Miller’s new book came out, Resurrection and Reception in Early Christianity (Routledge Studies in Religion). I was excited and ordered it just in time to take on vacation with me to read on the beach. Personally, I love…

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"BIBLE MAN" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Meet Bible Man, our new Christian superhero

[Get a poster of your superhero BIBLE MAN here!] After my post yesterday about homosexuality causing earthquakes, we get the brilliant comment: “It always amazes me that the same people that are for gay rights are ultimately against it for their own Mother and Father. The bible is the truth…

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"Hate Yourself" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Is church where you learned to hate yourself?

Thankfully, not all churches are this way. If you can find a church or community that partners with you in your personal growth, then awesome! If not, run! I believe religion can be an incredibly helpful tool for personal development and growth. I also know from experience and observation that…

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