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Finding Fran

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Musings of a questioning Christian.

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What should I believe?

I truly do not know some days what I am supposed to believe anymore. I believe in God, and I believe that Jesus is the only way to God, which will probaby get me into trouble with certain people. But people can, have, and do use the name of Jesus to lie, to manipulate, and to exploit.  I've been there.   People use the Bible to "prove" that they are right about everything.  I am supposed to support immigrants and open borders .  . . Or I am supposed to support border security

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The most important thing

(This is a cut-and-paste entry from my public blog.) "Dad molested me when I was a kid." Those are hard words for anyone to say, hard words for anyone to hear. When preacher Jimmy Hinton heard those words, they punched him in the gut. Because the person who said those words, Alex Howlett, was Jimmy Hinton's sister. So when Alex said, "Dad molested me," she was saying that it was their father, Church of Christ pastor John Hinton, who'd preached for the Somerset Church of

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Wanting to be right, but . . .

For the life of me, and I'm sure I've said this before, I want to do the right thing.  I don't want to say yes where God has said no, and I don't want to say no where God has said yes.  But I keep feeling like I have to have some sort of degree in Biblical Studies in order to figure out what the Bible "really" says.  I can't just open it, read it, and do it.   A friend suggested that I study the gospel of Mark and get to know Jesus.  How is that supposed to answer the question of whether or

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Did it happen

My small group is working their way through the book Forgotten God by Francis Chan, which is about how we Christians tend to neglect the Holy Spirit.  We watched a video this past week that's with the study, and Chan told the story about a church he occasionally visits in Maui.   He ran into a woman that was acquainted with the pastor who said, next time you visit there, tell him I said hi. So he did.  The pastor asked, did she tell you how we met?   His story was that he'd felt a

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What is truth?

Pontius Pilate asked the question, "What is truth?" More and more, I'm finding it impossible to figure out what the truth is. Of course, Jesus IS the way, truth, and life, but I have problems figuring out what that means for me in day-to-day living.  (Note:  I speak from a Christian world-view.) But when people lie, and everyone seems to have an agenda, it's impossible to figure out who's telling the truth. Either we want to make ourselves look good or the other person look b

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Christianese

Anyone besides me hate "Christianese"? Some time back, I was in a Bible study group where one of the participants said something to the effect of, "Well, we just need to step out on faith, get out of the boat, and learn to walk on water!" I didn't say anything, but I thought, "Do you even know what it is that you're saying?  Do you even know what all of that means?" This is my problem with what we call "Christianese".  These are the words and phrases that we throw around that make

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The Loop

Here's the loop I find myself in: Everyone believes they're right. Everyone can prove it by Scripture. But too often, people use Scripture to come to diametrically opposing conclusions. So who's right? I don't know. It's impossible to figure it out. And I'm afraid of getting it wrong and going to hell.

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What I resent

With Christianity itself, I'm rather orthodox/traditional in my beliefs.  I believe in God, I believe in Jesus Christ as His Son, I believe in the Holy Spirit.  (I explain the Holy Spirit to my son as "the part of God that lives inside us to help us do what he wants".)   I don't understand how it all works.  I don't understand how God can be "three in one", how Jesus can be both God and God's Son.  I also don't claim to understand how God works.  I've long given up on there being a formula

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Hello!

I am a new member here.  My name is not really Fran, this is my non de plume here.  I'm a Christian who's appalled at the abuse I see in conservative Christianity and I don't always feel safe to talk about my concerns with others.  I don't believe Jesus would treat women the same way that certain Christian leaders have.   I think the Baptist church I grew up in may have been influenced by Bill Gothard.  I remember hearing the saying, Jesus First, Others Second, and Yourself Last spells J-O-

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