Today I’m telling it in pictures. See captions. Continue reading
My brother tells me a joke that he and one of the pastor’s kids laugh about at youth group.
“Let’s go get Christian t-shirts from Mardel’s and drink beer like the New Life Christians! Hahahahaha!”
I don’t laugh. I feel the gut punch. Pause. Continue reading
Recently I ran across her top ten signs of a spiritually abusive church YouTube video and I was so, so glad someone finally mentioned the dangers of “independent fundamental” churches like the ones I attended when I was a teenager, where most of the experiences that I write about came from. Continue reading
So Memorial Day wasn’t too long ago, and I’ve been thinking about my mixed feelings about patriotism and group remembrances.
I don’t think patriotism is inherently bad, but I also think that questioning where our patriotic energy is directed is a healthy thing. Be wary of people who encourage blind patriotism. The Nazis were patriotic. It’s like people who stoke up religious fervor in churches. The Crusaders were “on fire for God.” Continue reading