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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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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

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
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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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new community [11 Oct 2006|10:53pm]


(x-posted to anarchafeminist, anarchists, anarchoqueer, engagedbuddhism, greenanarchy, quakers, secularspirit, and chalice_circle.)
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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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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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[20 Feb 2006|02:01am]

The Christian Radical is accepting articles for March's issue!

    This issue's theme is "Overturning the Tables of the Money Changers; Christianity and Economics".  Suggested topics include distributism, anti-capitalism, voluntary poverty, mutual aid, housing, debt and usury, and economics in the christendom 'empire'.  There is no set word limit for articles; as a recommendation, a good article should be between 400-700 words in length.

    Are you tired of the conservativism and fundamentalist approach of your congregations & denominations?  Do you have an opinion that you'd like to share with your peers?  By all means, please submit your articles and ideas to me at gloves@dkg99.com.  The submission cut-off date for the March issue is February 24th, though submissions for articles for future issues are always welcomed and appreciated!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them as a comment to this entry, or email me at gloves@dkg99.com

    Also, if you are interested in an online subscription to the Christian Radical, you may subscribe by sending an email to thechristianradical@gmail.com

God Bless,
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If you've recieved this more than once you've got an awsome social concience [10 Feb 2006|02:09pm]

Please forward widely


The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is calling on all its members and supporters to join a rally against hate and Islamophobia this weekend to protest the publication and distribution of deliberately racist and Islamophobic images in Denmark and around the world. Far from upholding the principle of freedom of speech, these images have targeted a community already experiencing increased racism, discrimination, harassment and, in some cases, violence since the tragic events of 9/11. In addition, these images have only helped to bolster a generalised Islamophobic sentiment that has been cultivated to justify the so-called 'war on terror.'

We make a special appeal to all our non-Muslim members and supporters to demonstrate to our friends in the Muslim community that they are not alone in their opposition to the distribution of such offensive and insensitive images. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is opposed to all forms of racism and has consistently mobilised against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism since we came together as a coalition. Join us on Saturday to show your support and solidarity.

Saturday, February 11
Danish Consulate
151 Bloor Street West
(east of Avenue Road)

Please note: the rally will take place on the NORTH side of the street, opposite the Danish Consulate.

Endorsed by
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

TCSW is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition,
comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organisations,
and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.
www.nowar.ca stopthewar@sympatico.ca
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catholic copyright [23 Jan 2006|04:11am]

Pope: Divine inspiration is copyrighted

The Pope has announced that henceforth, and retroactively, the "divinely inspired" words he utters and pens will be governed by copyright, and only publishable after permission is secured and royalties are paid to the church.

Publishers will have to negotiate a levy of between 3 per cent and 5 per cent of the cover price of any book or publication "containing the Pope's words". Those who infringe the copyright face legal action and a higher levy of 15 per cent.

The Union of Italian Catholic Publishers and Booksellers said that it had not been consulted, and that the edict "flies in the face of what we do -- spreading the Pope's message to the world".

A Vatican spokesman said that the Holy See had to defend itself against "pirated editions". The move is also aimed at "premature publication". Journalists accredited to the Vatican are handed papal texts under embargo. The Vatican said that if embargos were broken in future not only would the journalist face sanctions but also his or her publication would face legal action.

via boing boing
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[15 Jan 2006|02:50pm]

It's the midle of the month again and after a long break it's time for me to solicit for zine content. I'm looking for written pieces of 500-650 words each so I can make the first issue of the Christian Radical in 2006!

I'll accept anything that is of a religious/political nature dealing with topics ranging from Labour, Anarchism, Tactics and resistance movements, to book, zine or music reviews, to theology, ecclesial or scriptural comentary, exegesus, and edtorials. I am also looking for artwork in the form of pictures, drawings, and photo collage.

If you have anything to say about Liberation Theology, the Emerging Church movement, Christianity and Anarchy, Non-Violent Direct Action, Nuclear Abolition, Homosexuality and the Church, the works of mercy, the Catholic Worker movement, ploughshares activism, War, Peace, movement organizing, current events, eschatology, ANYTHING please write it down and send it to

the.christian.radical.zine at gmail dot com

You can also subscribe to the radical in PDF format by writing to

the.christian.radical at gmail.com

Please send all submissions as attachments written in microsoft word and include a short bio and any pertinent links/email adress that will be printed at the back of the zine.

I am always accepting submissions but especially at this time of the month. Your submissions keep this zine in print so please don't be shy about sending things in.

Submit now, submit often.

Many thanks,
Chris Rooney, Editor.
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Anne Rice [09 Jan 2006|11:29am]

Great story on Anne Rice - who has become seriously committed to Jesus Christ, and therefore - therefore, not nonetheless - holds humane, sensible, and loving beliefs.
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knowing [22 Nov 2005|02:43am]

"The real thing about evil," said the Witch at the doorway, "isn't any of what you said. You figure out one side of it--the human side, say--and the enternal side goes into shadow. Or vice versa. It's like the old saw; What does a dragon in its shell look like? Well no one can ever tell, for as soon as you break the shell to see, the dragon is no longer in its shell. The real disaster of this inquiry is that it is the nature of evil to be secret."
wicked 372

What religion really regards truth as desirable or fruitful to humanity? It was the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that undid Eden. And buddhists and hindus alike, and nearly all of Eastern philosophy, believe that knowledge rightfully leads to the obliteration of the knowing self into an undifferentiated, unknowing Tao. If evil is a secret then we are sinners for identifying it. In that sense, Christ died because because of what we know rather than what we do. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

My business is knowing and making things known. It is the business of humanity, in the long run, to do this. In some theories of physics, it is our ability to know that sustains the universe. Yet there is a god who, loving though It may be, will punish us, or avoid us, for presuming what is good and evil. For God is to be unparalleled in that regard. We were placed at the precipice of Free Will and are being shunned by Those who put us there for toppling over the edge. I really am not trying to be blasphemous, but if that is the case, I would like to know why. Why weren't we permitted flight when we stepped over the edge?
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us or them. for serious. [06 Nov 2005|02:32pm]

if this seems inappropriate ask me to chide myself for posting it. one can't be deep all the time, kids.
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"Christians" in the media. [03 Nov 2005|09:55am]

I am horrified and sad after watching Fox’s Trading Spouses last night. Did anyone else see this embarrassing travesty? (Video/audio link here: http://www.alldumb.com/item/17206/)

I turned on the TV for noise while I washed dishes (that was my first mistake) and I admit the plot of the show hooked me. The trade for this episode involved a hypnotherapist/ Unitarian woman trading homes with a conservative Christian woman. It seemed an interesting trade to see another side of life.

The hypnotherapist was portrayed as unconventional, a little weird and flighty but very accepting and interested in her new family. Of course, Fox edits things to make their footage as bizarrely entertaining as possible. But the footage of the "Christian" housewife was embarrassing (to say the least).

I understand this show is the equivalent of tabloid TV and it’s not a scientific social experiment by any means. But the so-called Christian woman, named Marguerite, was an intolerant bigot full of vitriol and fear. She shrieked, vomited and babbled incoherent prayers while shouting for strength from God. She seemed mentally ill on a deep level.

Her intolerance and hatred made me angry at first, until I realized her reaction was purely out of fear. Fear of demons, fear of hell, fear of God’s wrath coming down on her. She was rebuking everything in the name of the Lord, demanding to be taken to a church to pray because she had been in the same room as a man who claimed to be a psychic (for a full 10 seconds before she freaked out).

How can someone claim to love Christ and then miss the mark so badly? And on a selfish note, I am afraid of what this portrayal of a Christian on TV tells the general public about Christianity. People watch this show and form opinions about families and social groups. It adds one more reason that I’m deeply reluctant to talk about my faith with people, and when I do I feel the need to add a caveat that I’m not a crazy conservative weirdo.

Marguerite's friends were not as insane, but were also openly hostile to the non-Christian in their midst. One of them even blurted, "So you think we're all equal? We're equal with the rapists and terrorists?!?"

I found myself talking to the TV, "Yes, we are. Since when does going to church make you better than anyone?" I am so utterly dismayed and discouraged by this.

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distractions [19 Oct 2005|04:06am]

it seems to me that sin is a distraction from living. so jesus, god, in an act of self-sacrifice, totaled the sums and brought everything to zero. so why make it conditional? why are we fettered to the distraction of sin, to the sin of omission, to the great commission? why aren't we free to live? why are we made to spend our lives like scavengers trying to enlighten the world in a futile attempt to save everyone so they can go to an afterlife that even we believers don't admit to being able to understand let alone imagine? if you could help me understand this I would be grateful.
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