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Entries by John Shore from 05/2011

Why Pastors Struggle With Confronting Domestic Violence

| Posted 05.09.2011 | Religion

I hear from a disheartening number of women who write in to relate their stories of pastors who, in one way or another, advised them to stick with their abusive husbands. How could these good, well-intentioned men give advice that's so egregiously wrong?

An Open Letter to Jim Wallis

| Posted 05.09.2011 | Religion

Recently the good people at Believe Out Loud produced a wonderful little video promoting LGBT equality in our churches. They were hoping the video might run on your site.

Jim Wallis and 'Defending the Dignity and Civil Rights of Gays and Lesbians'

| Posted 05.10.2011 | Religion

Let's begin with the first and primary point of Wallis' defense: It's bad to bully gays, and good to defend the lives, dignity and civil rights of gay people.

No Heaven For You!

| Posted 05.18.2011 | Religion

Die a Christian? Up to heaven! Die a non-Christian? Try to make sure that before it closes shut someone tosses a bag of marshmallows into your coffin. That's the Christianity that has got to go.

My (Real) End of the World Letter

| Posted 05.20.2011 | Religion

Who lives not knowing death is right beside them, ever and eagerly anticipating the moment it slips in to take their place?

What Francis Chan (And His Ilk) Get So Terribly Wrong About Hell (VIDEO)

| Posted 05.23.2011 | Religion

While in every last way pretending to be about practicing love, it's really about instilling fear. What Chan is really saying here is, "Be afraid. Being wrong about hell has terrible, terrible consequences."

Is Hell Real?

| Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

I think keeping the afterlife a complete mystery is God's way of telling us to pay maximum attention to the life we have on this side of the door.

Give 'Em Hell

| Posted 05.27.2011 | Religion

Without hell, there'd be nothing to save anyone from. Without hell, the sole recommendation of Christianity would be the love of God proved through the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross.