travel, missions, faith

Duggars and Courtship

April 16th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Homeschool - (2 Comments)

A lot of people have pointed out how many Christian groups and churches are anti-gay. Even though these Christians love to say that they love the sinner and hate the sin, it does not remove the pain that a gay person has to face. If a gay teen comes out gay, the church will still …
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I Miss Life Overseas!

April 14th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions - (5 Comments)

My parents do not really approve of my life decisions, and sometimes it’s difficult to articulate why. Isn’t a daughter doing missions work the dream of a conservative family? In many ways, yes, it is, but I am not doing it the normal way. When I lived overseas, I lived on $400 that I earned, …
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We Create Our Destinies

April 11th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in History | Philosophy - (4 Comments)

I think I should do a series on ways that modernity has infilterated the church or just life. But instead I’ll just write about it when I spontaneously cross paths with it. Today I want to talk about values. According to Canadian historian George Grant, Nietzsche understood modernity more than any other thinker. He understood …
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Are Stories Neutral or Fact Based?

April 10th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in History - (2 Comments)
The Clock in Grand Central

Concerning the homeschool stories my friends and I have been telling, I’ve heard two criticisms. Some people point out that our homeschool stories are not neutral. That we have biases, or have an agenda, or we exploiting people in order to get our stories straight. Or we are emotionally clouded by our own experiences. Others …
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When I took a graduate course on postmodern philosophy, it did not just make me a better liberal. It also made me a better conservative. In our society, we immediate identify people by their origin. Wherever I go, I am always identified as the outsider because I have a deep Southern accent. Wherever we go, …
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A few days ago, and actually throughout the last year, we’ve had discussions on my blog about whether a belief in a higher power 1) hinders genuine relationships and 2) takes a way from personal responsibility. This week the question came up on my blog in context of hell. I had made the comment that …
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When Missions Leaves My Heart Raw

April 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions - (2 Comments)
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I got an email from a dear friend I worked closely with overseas, and all I can do is weep because I feel so detached from it all. As a child, my image of God was that he would heal and rescue the world. I had a rough childhood – much more dsyfunctional and rough …
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After I wrote my last post on leaving Evangelicalism, I thought of something else that it is worth emphasizing. A lot of people think we just rejected the church. That we are hurt, bitter, frustrated, and angry. I think a lot of us are hurt and angry, and for a good reason. In this sense, …
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One of my favorite bloggers, Benjamin at Formerly Fundie (note: best blog on patheos), wrote a piece called The Day Evangelicalism Died. As most of you know from the news, earlier this week when the Christian relief organization World Vision announced that they would hire gay Christians to work for them, the internet exploded with …
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CROSS Sacral Stavros from the Temple Repositories of Knossos 1600 BCE Heraclion Museum Greece

When I gave up believing in a traditional notion of hell, I did not really choose to stop believing in hell. It just stopped making sense. Think about it this way. Imagine that someone tells you to believe that elves and ferries are real. Probably you can’t make yourself believe it. That was what happened …
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