CategoryFaith

Who is your family?

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Family, family, family. What even is family? We can talk biology, but it doesn’t boil down to that, does it? People are adopted into families. People marry each other and become their own families. There’s chosen families. Families can come in so many different shapes and sizes. At its most basic, family is a group of people who genuinely care about each other. That’s the defining characteristic...

My enemies (and how to tell if you’re one of them)

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I was raised conservative evangelical. I could say many things about that aspect of my upbringing—one being that I memorized a sizable chunk of the Bible as a kid.  Of the thousands of words I memorized, there was one three-word phrase from a line Jesus said that I was often stewing on: “love your enemies.” Whenever the adults would discuss that line, it was always accompanied by talk of how...

Is it belief, or is it conformity?

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It’s one thing to have a system of beliefs you live by. It’s another thing to live among people who accept you only on the condition that you believe what everyone’s supposed to believe. So many people live in that kind of social environment. For a long time, I was one of them. In those environments, “what you believe” stops being about creating a deep internal alignment of ideas, and simply...

Keep your questions inside the church

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I woke up this morning with the following memory in my head. I was 21 years old. And I’d posted a question to Facebook: What do you think: should women be allowed to teach men? Or should they just be allowed to teach kids and other women? I posted it because it was taught in my church that women were under the authority of men. This meant (among other things) that women couldn’t teach men or...

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