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[30 Jan 2013|01:39am]

Wow, it looks like this place has been desolate for over a couple years now.

I am something of a liberal Christian. I'm going through a bit of a tough time right now and could really use someone to talk to, if anyone's still around. It's got mostly to do with morality and Christianity. Unsure of how to fit my thoughts into boding with my impressions of God. I've dealt with depression for a long time, and the relentless thoughts and questions I've been having have not been helping the depression. I'm in a pretty angsty place right now. Coming from a conservative background, I can say that I feel rather damned and all full o' sin. I'd basically like to get perspectives on the questions I have that make me feel that way.

I'd appreciate a contact from anyone.
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Make your vote count [01 Nov 2010|11:32am]
Please! VOTE in this election. Remember – the only wasted vote is the one not cast.

Here are a few tips to help clear away the mind-numbing barrage of the meaningless drivel from advertising & the media.

First of all, remember that there are no degrees of bad. There is no such thing as: “the lesser of two evils”, a “good bad” or a “better bad”. Every politician out there is a bad politician and every one of them is bad for our country and bad for our lives. So, how do we get rid of them?

1) do not vote for an incumbent
2) do not vote for a lawyer
3) do not vote on the Republican Party or the Democratic Party line. Do vote for the candidate of your choice – just vote for them on some other line (such as the Conservative Party line or the Independence Party line).

Cross-posted to: [Bad username: _gopchristians_], [Bad username: christianity], [Bad username: conservacorner], [Bad username: conservatism], [Bad username: freestate], [Bad username: ljchristians], [Bad username: nehemiah_group], [Bad username: ontd_con], [Bad username: radicals]
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New, I guess... [24 Mar 2008|02:16pm]

I'm not really new to livejournal, nor like... Christianity... and I'm not really lesbian or bisexual... I might be bisexual...

Actually, I'm probably more asexual really...

I'm just looking for new friends to maybe... help me with my faith. I've always been in a pretty liberal home and lately my family is becoming more and more conservative and I don't really want to lose my beliefs on certain things so I would rather seek...

A Church here...

A Church is just a gathering of God's people as I'm told, right?

I'm not the best Christian which is kind of why I've decided to do this.

If this is against the rules, please feel more than free to delete it...

I'm going to change my profile in a bit so anyone can kind of know what type of person I am...

I'm just looking for acceptance of who I am now and maybe guidance... I'm not really big on changing myself. Even if I know that some things I do are not really... good.

But I've had some people not even know me fully and tell me I shouldn't claim to be a Christian...

Aaa... I'll stop babbling now. Sorry.
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Crying as guilt [01 Jul 2007|10:39am]

Is anyone reading this familiar with reparitive therapy? Do they believe that crying (by sinning perverts) is an expression of guilt over their sins? thanks.
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Trinity? [20 Jun 2007|08:03am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

I've been thinking a lot about the Trinity and have realized I have more than a few problems with it. Strangely enough, I don't have as much problems trying to figure it out (except when I look at this) but I do wonder why it's consider the cornerstone of Christian belief.

The biblical sources on it seem to be very much up to one's interpretation, Jesus never makes mention to anything like the Trinity and it seems to be something that's just been accepted because it's been a part of Christian belief for so long. And while I really like the idea of one creed that binds together all of Christianity, I'm not sure if I get why the Trinity is that belief.

Any thoughts, insights? Is there something I'm missing here?

x-posted to backtobeginning

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Commentary: What would Jesus really do? [06 Apr 2007|02:31pm]

POSTED: 11:13 a.m. EDT, April 6, 2007
By Roland Martin
CNN Contributor

Editor's note: Roland Martin is a CNN contributor and talk-show host on WVON-AM in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith."

NEW YORK (CNN) -- When did it come to the point that being a Christian meant only caring about two issues,­ abortion and homosexuality?

Ask the nonreligious what being a Christian today means, and based on what we see and read, it's a good bet they will say that followers of Jesus Christ are preoccupied with those two points.

Poverty? Whatever. Homelessness? An afterthought. A widening gap between the have and have-nots? Immaterial. Divorce? The divorce rate of Christians mirrors the national average, so that's no big deal.

The point is that being a Christian should be about more than abortion and homosexuality, and it's high time that those not considered a part of the religious right expose the hypocrisy of our brothers and sisters in Christianity and take back the faith. And those on the left who believe they have a "get out of sin free" card must not be allowed to justify their actions.

Many people believe we are engaged in a holy war. And we are. But it's not with Muslims. The real war -- ­ the silent war ­-- is being engaged among Christians, and that's what we must set our sights on.

As we celebrate Holy Week, our focus is on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But aren't we also to recommit ourselves to live more like Jesus? Did Jesus spend his time focusing on all that he didn't like, or did Jesus raise the consciousness of the people to understand love, compassion and teach them about following the will of God?

As a layman studying to receive a master's in Christian communications, and the husband of an ordained minister, it's troubling to listen to "Christian radio" and hear the kind of hate spewing out of the mouths of my brothers and sisters in the faith.

In fact, I've grown tired of people who pimp God. That's right; we have a litany of individuals today who are holy, holy, holy, sing hallelujah, talk about how they love the Lord, but when it's time to walk the walk, somehow the spirit evaporates.

A couple of years ago I took exception to an e-mail blast from the Concerned Women for America. The group was angry that Democrats were blocking certain judges put up for the federal bench by President Bush. It called on Americans to fight Democrats who wanted to keep Christians off the bench.

So I called and sent an e-mail asking, "So, where were you when President Clinton appointed Christian judges to the bench? Were they truly behind Christian judges, or Republican Christian judges?

Surprise, surprise. There was never a response.

An African-American pastor I know in the Midwest was asked by a group of mostly white clergy to march in an anti-abortion rally. He was fine with that, but then asked the clergy if they would work with him to fight crack houses in predominantly black neighborhoods.

"That's really your problem," he was told.

They saw abortion as a moral imperative, but not a community ravaged by crack.

If abortion and gay marriage are part of the Christian agenda, I have no issue with that. Those are moral issues that should be of importance to people of the faith, but the agenda should be much, much broader.

I'm looking for the day when Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Joyce Meyer, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, James Kennedy, Rod Parsley, " Patriot Pastors" and Rick Warren will sit at the same table as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Cynthia Hale, Eddie L. Long, James Meek, Fred Price, Emmanuel Cleaver and Floyd Flake to establish a call to arms on racism, AIDS, police brutality, a national health care policy, our sorry education system.

If they all say they love and worship one God, one Jesus, let's see them rally their members behind one agenda.

I stand here today not as a Republican or a liberal. And don't bother calling me a Democrat or a conservative. I am a man,­ an African-American man ­who has professed that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that's to whom I bow down.

If you concur, it's time to stop allowing a chosen few to speak for the masses. Quit letting them define the agenda.

So put on the full armor of God because we have work to do.
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Jesus Meets Oprah [03 Dec 2006|06:01pm]

Hey gang. Here's a comic that I drew - http://www.webcomicsnation.com/deanrankine/jesusmeetsoprah/series.php

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Tony Campolo writes on Ted Haggard [15 Nov 2006|05:24pm]

[ mood | determined ]

I love Tony Campolo anyways, not the smallest reason being that he helped found the mission I participated in after college, Mission Year. But I think he's dead-on about alot of important faith issues that tend to get overlooked by various groups. Here , he's talking about the Ted Haggard scandal.

Blurb: I have heard so many of my colleagues in ministry express deep concerns over what this scandal will do to the image of the evangelical movement, but I have heard little concern among us for how all of this will impact those Christian gays and lesbians that we know. They are in our churches. They teach in our Sunday schools and sing in our choirs. Most of them are closeted brothers and sisters who suffer in ways that are impossible for the rest of us to even imagine. They are good people who do not take drugs or visit prostitutes. Will the ugliness of this sorry mess feed a diabolical stereotype of them, which is too often circulated in our churches by unkind preachers who have little, if any, understanding of homosexuals?

Go read it. It's good. And check out Sojourners if you haven't before. It's pretty good stuff.

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[21 Oct 2006|03:33am]

Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who contrive mischief by statute? They band together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.

- Psalms 94:20-22

Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions by many people in many countries. It is an attitude, a way of life, a way of solving problems and resolving conflicts. It cannot be forced on the smallest nation or enforced by the largest. It cannot ignore our differences or overlook our common interests. It requires us to work and live together.
- Oscar Arias Sanchez, in his 1987 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
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The words of the prophet to our Christian president and his congress [19 Oct 2006|08:32pm]

If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

- Isaiah 58:9-10 -
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[16 Oct 2006|05:45pm]

But you rise up against my people as an enemy;
you strip the robe from the peaceful,
from those who pass by trustingly
with no thought of war.
The women of my people you drive out
from their pleasant houses;
from their young children you take away
my glory for ever.
Arise and go;
for this is no place to rest,
because of uncleanness that destroys
with a grievous destruction.

- Micah 2:8-10 -

The story goes that a North American missionary went out one day to preach in a barrio of a Brazilian city. Taking John 3:16 as his text, he stood on the corner proclaiming the love of God for all people. A crowd gathered. One man in the crowd interrupted the missionary, 'You are wrong, Señor, God doesn't love us.' But the preacher was adamant. 'Oh, yes. God does love you. God gives all good things, including the Christ, for you.' The Brazilian, waving his arms at the squalor surrounding him, replied angrily, 'Then somebody has been messing with the love of God!' If God gave the earth for all people to share and enjoy, someone has been 'messing' with God's plans.
- Charles Summers -
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Greetings [12 Oct 2006|05:25am]

I have been given the gift of being made one of the monitors of this Journal. I hope that I will be an effective leader. Giving you things to think about, mull over, and perhaps aid you in your walk with God, while you journey through this world, and this life. Some of you know me and some of you don't. And in days to come I will try and introduce myself better to the community so that you know where I come from and give you a glimpse where God has me headed. If you have suggestions for this our journal, and when I say us I mean all of us who explore here at radicals, please let me know and I'll try to accommodate
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new community [11 Oct 2006|10:53pm]


(x-posted to anarchafeminist, anarchists, anarchoqueer, engagedbuddhism, greenanarchy, quakers, secularspirit, and chalice_circle.)
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[11 Oct 2006|06:45am]

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan
who are on Mount Samaria,
who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
who say to their husbands, 'Bring something to drink!'
The Lord God has sworn by his holiness:
The time is surely coming upon you,
when they shall take you away with hooks,
even the last of you with fish-hooks.
Through breaches in the wall you shall leave,
each one straight ahead;
and you shall be flung out into Harmon,
says the Lord.

- Amos 4:1-3 -

Too often the price exacted by society for security and respectability is that the Christian movement in its formal _expression must be on the side of the strong against the weak. This is a matter of tremendous significance, for it reveals to what extent a religion that was born of a people acquainted with persecution and suffering has become the cornerstone of a civilization and of nations whose very position in modern life has too often been secured by a ruthless use of power applied to weak and defenseless people.
- Howard Thurman -
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[06 Oct 2006|01:57pm]

If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard.

- Proverbs 21:13-14 -

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.
- Mother Teresa -
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[05 Oct 2006|03:26pm]

"We will forgive you."

- unnamed Amish neighbor, while embracing the father of Charles Carl Roberts IV, the gunman who killed five Amish schoolchildren and injured five others before taking his own life Monday morning.
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Evangelical Christians & Politics [11 Aug 2006|05:16pm]

I found this to be very thought-provoking stuff. Even if you disagree with Boyd, he brings up some excellent points that are certainly worthy of reflection in these politically-charged times.

In the booming world of Christian evangelical mega-churches these days, certain politics tend to be presumed: conservative, right-wing, Republican. And powerful Christian Right leaders have grown very close to the leadership of the GOP, which is -- at the moment -- the leadership of the country.

That, says Christian evangelical mega-church leader Gregory Boyd, is a mistake. Earthly power, he now preaches, is corrupting. The religious right, he says, risks idolatry in its worship of power, politics and patriotism.

Listen to the recorded radio broadcast here:
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[24 Jul 2006|11:15am]

[ mood | curious ]

Can you serve God without serving the church? And where in scripture does it demand service to the church? I thought our service to God was by our service to others (our neighbors), and not just to the body of believers.

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I saw this in randompics [10 Apr 2006|09:40am]

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? [28 Feb 2006|06:34pm]

Here's a question for you..... who are you baptised in? Many of us believe we are baptised in to Jesus. But could we be mislead about our baptism???

I know when i was "baptised", I was told that it was for repentance. but this verse below says that John's baptism was for repentance and to believe in the Christ who was to come. I beleive that the Church is operating in a distorted versions of the Baptism of John and not the Baptism of Jesus. The baptism of Jesus brings the power of the Spirit....the gifts of the Spirit. that's all I'm going to say; you guys read these Scriptures and see for yourselves:

Acts 19:2-6
2And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism." 4And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus." 5On hearing this, they were baptized in[b] the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.

Here is an example of the Baptism of John:

Mark 1:4
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 3:2
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3:11
11"I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

When the Disciples Were Baptised with the Spirit and Fire, what Happened???

Acts 2:4
4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

I'm not going to list all the things that happen through the Baptism of Jesus...if you're hungry and want more, then research it.

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