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Baptism as a Comfort

Most people go to church for comfort. Everything about church is familiar and comforting: the music, the passing of the communion, shaking people’s hands, the prayers, the sermon. In the tradition in which I grew up sermons on baptism were … Continue reading

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Why Fundamentalists Can’t Prevent Divorce

Fundamentalists oppose most divorce. Nevertheless their statistics are high in the divorce arena.   (On the Wikipedia site for the Churches of Christ, they brag that their divorce rate is only 6.9%. But that only means that among their current membership … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Train Wreck

When I think of the train wreck that people go through when they leave the hardline Churches of Christ, or almost any sect for that matter, I think of all the analyzing the person does afterward. “I should have said … Continue reading

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PTSD

Many people raised in hardline churches suffer from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: 1. nightmares about church or family members, 2. avoidance of church or religious or family activities, 3. over reacting to stressful situations that remind them of … Continue reading

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Listen

They had devised a system of call-and-response in the Bible class that never necessitated any kind of personal reflection or personal intimacy. What they had gained was safe distance from each other. What they had lost was intimacy. Continue reading

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