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It is not by grace that one enters the kingdom of heaven, but by tithing. - Damazio 3:16

  Recently, in an interview to join a group that will go speak on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of  Children (CSEC) I was asked the question “What can men do to help end CSEC”. After I finished my rant I …

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My friend, Anna (who I have an incredible amount of respect for) recently commented: For one thing, he reinforces the dichotomy that a person has either faith or reason; that it is impossible to have both. Since there are many … Continue

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I’ve spent the last couple weeks reading through some of the selections by Robert Green Ingersoll and am quite fascinated by them. Especially Some Mistakes of Moses in which RGI goes through the OT step by step and, while asking amazing …

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This is quite possibly the best piece of agnostic writings I have ever read. Regardless of your views on religion I highly reccomend reading it. My intent in posting it here is not to attempt to sway anyones beliefs or … Continue reading 

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Here is an article titled Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice from John Piper that I find to be downright offensive. It is doubly offensive to me because 1. It’s ridiculously sexist and 2. It uses religion in a manipulative way to exercise power …

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I just finished a fascinating book called “How Jesus Became a Christian”. Its a historical perspective on how Jesus went from being a Jew that taught Jewish law, to a Christian through the conflicting battle of Paul and James. Quite …

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Faith. What is faith?  According to dictionary.com faith is a “strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence.”. I have had multiple people tell me that you must have “faith like a child” and this makes sense …

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If you’ve ever seen Always Sunny in Philadelphia than I need say no more: Rock, Flag, and Eagle…perhaps one of the greatest moments in cable television history. Why do I bring it up and what does it have to do … Continue readi

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January is almost over. Don’t miss your opportunity to help the Fullington Family!   It is only a dollar. Sign up here – http://dollarforportland.org/donate/    

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This comment, left by Blank, is one of the most insightful comments I have read in a long time. We haven’t spent much time discussing CBC’s obsession with God’s “power” but this reader really nails it. I always had the …

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Look what I found: It’s a magical Luther Insulter . Go on, check it out. No need for us to sit and dream up our own insults for today’s christian church. Why bother when we can simply ask Luther to … Continue re

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“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very nice place to start”.When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi, and when you write about losing your faith you begin with…well birth, most likely. I’ve spent a lot of time … Continue r

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Are you interested in learning the truth about God? There is a truth and there is only 1 truth. Interestingly enough, the truth about our Creator is that He isn’t Christian and He didn’t write the bible…however He is real …

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I’ve combined two words to create one word that I need your help defining I’ll give it my best shot: whor·ship [whor-ship] noun, verb, whor·shiped,whor·ship·ing Whor-ship: The following of Judah Smith as your spiritual guide with no thought to how desperate his fashion …

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OK PEOPLE HERE IS A SIMPLE WAY TO CAUSE A POSITIVE CHANGE IN PORTLAND. Sign up to donate $1 each month to Dollar For Portland. That’s all it takes. You can sign up in less time than it takes to … Continue reading →

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A strange thing happened to me when I decided to leave my Christian roots: I found freedom. It was as if a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I found the freedom to love others regardless of their … Continue reading

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Help me understand something here. I’ve got some questions about the “afterlife”. I’d like to start by stating what I believe to be the thought process of mainstream Christian America, as I understand it. There are lots of debatable tangents …

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“He sacrificed himself to himself to save us from himself…but only if you believe.” An interesting way to it it.

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“They must find it difficult… Those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than the truth as authority” -G. Massey

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In light of the recent tragedies I’d like to remind everyone (Mike “ass-hat” Huckabee especially) that 78% of adult Americans associate with some form of Christianity. For those who think the answer is “Jesus” they need to take a long …

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If you start with the premise that The Bible is “God’s inerrant instructions to mankind” then when you go to read that bible nothing else matters. All questions of biblical inconsistancies, scientific errors, cultural differences, and even out right contradictions …

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According to a 2012 Pew Forum Study: “Overall, nearly eight-in-ten (78.4%) adults report belonging to various forms of Christianity,” 78.4% of the United States is Christian? That’s right, 78%. So, why do we live in a society with hunger? Oppression? …

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Here is another link to another article…that is absolutely fantastic. If you want a quick overview of “privilege” in a clear concise way this is it. For those of you who won’t bother to read it, here are some great excerpts: …

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Throughout history there have been Christians on both sides of oppression. Some Christians causing it and others fighting to end it. However,  it’s important to note that without fail, the Bible has ALWAYS been used to justify the bigotry of …

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I had a quick thought on Salvation and the Law of Tithing. The concept of Salvation is incredibly simple. In fact it’s so simple that there is only 1 requirement: “Believe in Jesus and you will be saved”. This is … Cont

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I love this article by Frank Schaeffer. So much good stuff…I’m just going to post some of my favorite parts but you should read the whole thing: Having elevated the Bible — or at least the nicer bits that they … Continu

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So I just found this fantastic video from our friend Steven Furtick (aka Steven F*ckit). In it he poetically addresses “haters”…. yeah, haters. What better way to ignore the plank in your own eye than by pointing out the sliver …

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What are your thoughts, folks? Who wins? Who loses? Why? Does Romney squeak out a victory? Do the Democrats hold onto the Senate? Does Washington legalize gay marriage and marijuana, cementing itself as the state most likely to be destroyed …

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