The Unfundamental Conversion
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Besides bodily sins, there are two actions that many churches do not accept: doubt and skepticism. In fact, if there is one single thing that keeps a person from heaven, it is to doubt the existence of God. In much of the evangelical church, in order to go to heaven one must have certainty that …
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Broken Flowers

The last few days have been filled with little besides tears and anger at God. A dear family reached out to me when I was a teenager, and accepted me through my doubts, encouraged me to leave home, and loved me and everyone in their path well. They had an automobile accident Saturday that claimed …
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The scientific method has changed the world. And understandably so. But the implications goes far beyond how technology changed our lives. It goes far beyond the computers we hold in our hands and the airplanes that can transport me from North America to Asia in 13 hours. The science age also shook our notion of …
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I Don’t Really Doubt God Anymore

November 20th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith - (30 Comments)
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I had a thought today, the most comforting thought I’ve had in a long time. But I realized I don’t really doubt God’s existence anymore. There was a time when I was 40% sure God existed, and then I was 60% sure. I remained 60% sure for the longest time. It slowly went up. But …
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Broken Flowers

I am writing a term paper right now on Till We Have Faces. The story is very similar to Job’s story in the Bible in which Orual takes makes her case against the gods for all the grief and pain they have given her. Orual’s perspective is tainted and holds her back. In contrast, Psyche, …
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175 Freedom for a Man

R.L. Stollar has nailed it once again. And I oh.so.relate.  Here he talks about the days when instead of praying, “help me with my unbelief,” he screams out this instead: But it’s even harder when you are like me, when you daily wrestle with depression and suicidal thoughts. When life isn’t just filled with pain …
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I have a new theory about what the church needs in order survive. I think this post rings true for non-religious people, too, so this is not a theology talk. But I do think that this is crucial for the churches to flourish whereas I think the secular academy will go on regardless. But I …
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See part 1. part 2. and part 3 for this to make sense. Now to pick off from Prague. I flew back to Asia and entered a very dark month. Of all places, I crashed in a hut made of mud up in the mountains. I would touch the walls, and lay down and cry, …
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Now I have told the story of how I gave up Calvinism and my belief in hell so slowly I barely noticed. But something much more significant had happened than just a change in theology: I had followed the integrety of my heart instead of the mind, instead of the scholars, instead of the Bible.  …
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This post is a response to What is the Purpose of International Missions? Or rather, this is no response at all, because I am broken, doubting the words I choose to share, binding up the wounds I make, rejoicing when I don’t rejoice, and pleading out the gospel I fail to live. This is simply …
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