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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

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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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