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Category Archives: Essays

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Christianity and Morality

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that

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Ditch Your Religion, But Keep Your Faith

Despite the massive leaps and bounds the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has made as a whole on the civil rights front — as judges across the country strike down state marriage bans and the marriage equality case makes its steady march to the

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The Big Whopper

“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. (Exodus 20:7) “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16) When they stop talking about the Bible and actually read it, people are surprised to find that there is

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Jesus: Man of Steel?

I consider myself an orthodox progressive Christian. The first part of that definition refers to my beliefs about doctrine, the second to how I believe I should live my life. Though the two terms pertain to different things, I see no logical conflict between them.

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Brains in Our Shorts

Religious legalists have been obsessed with sex — and especially with other people’s sex lives — for many hundreds of years. Their attitudes toward Jesus’s mother have demonstrated that obsession quite clearly. I believe the Virgin Birth story in Luke points to the doctrine of

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Never Let Other People Define Your Reality

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ

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The Best Things in Life

How long, O God? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? – Psalm 13 Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of God,