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Matthew Vines Upcoming Events

Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, will be at the Decatur Book Festival, near Atlanta, this Labor Day weekend. The Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest celebrations of books in the country. Join Matthew for a presentation on the remarkable changes happening between the LGBT community and the Evangelical church.

Decatur Book Festival August 30, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. Marriott Conference Center Auditorium 101 E. Court Square, Decatur, GA 404.471.5769 www.decaturbookfestival.com

Anna Whiston-Donaldson Upcoming Events

Will you be in the Washington, D.C. area in September? Take one of these opportunities to meet and hear from Anna Whiston-Donaldson, author of Rare Bird, as she shares her courageous journey of love, loss and hope. Anna’s story, so movingly told in her debut book Rare Bird, is a testament to the ferocity of the human spirit.

September 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. One More Page Books 2200 N Westmoreland Street #101 Arlington, VA 22213 703.300.9746 Contact: Terry Nebeker… Read More

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It’s Time for Christian Leaders to Stop Abusing Abused Women

“The power of life and death are in the tongue. . .” (Proverbs 18:21)

Megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll announced Sunday that he is stepping down for at least six weeks while an independent board investigates charges made against him. The accusations include bullying tactics used by Driscoll against those who disagreed with him.

Driscoll’s words and actions have been documented over several years, showing an established pattern… Read More

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FIRST LOOK: Faith Shift by Kathy Escobar

Hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers.   After years of participating in a comfortable faith tradition, many find themselves in a spiritual wilderness, feeling disillusioned with church, longing for more freedom and less religion in their lives.

If that describes you, you’re in good company. Countless men and women are in the middle of a shifting faith—and aren’t sure where to turn.

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Racism

Rejecting the Christian Idolatry of White Culture

I am a sinner. That is the first confession I make as a Christian pursuing a holier life. This is so critical to starting my journey because my natural tendency is to justify my mistakes. I have to overcome my default presumption that nothing about me needs changing. Until then, I will never receive the correction from God that can reshape me spiritually.

I am a sinner utterly dependent on God’s grace to become a decent person.

So far, my… Read More

Misogyny

The Church Won’t Rein in Misogyny, But Bloggers Will

I was in graduate school when I first heard about Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. A close friend who had moved to Seattle was raving about Driscoll and his megachurch.

My friend and I both grew up in the South, where we had been scarred by fundamentalist churches. He assured me that Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll were different. He told me about the Acts 29 Network, which Driscoll helped launch. My friend suggested that I might like attending… Read More