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Micah J. Murray is a writer, creative director, social media manager, and video guy. He blogs at RedemptionPictures.com about church, faith, politics and family.

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When We Criticize the Church

(14) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:04 PM

We were sold a package deal.

Truth and lies, hope and despair, real and fake -- all tied up in a neat package with a bow and sold to us with the label of "Christianity." They said it would fill the aching emptiness in our hearts, that it would get...

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I Don't Have My Shit Together

(33) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:44 PM

At the beginning of this year, my wife wrote one of the most honest things I've read in a long time. She put "god" and "fucking bastard" closer to each other than most of us are comfortable with, flinging words with a reckless bravery known only by the free (and...

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4 Reasons I'm Not Going to Heaven

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:56 PM

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A few days ago somebody gave me a scrap of yellow paper with blue letters on it. Across the top it read: "Am I Going to Heaven? QUIZ!"

Not too long ago, I was the one carrying those papers, handing them to strangers in...

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Growing up in Bill Gothard's Homeschool Cult

(15) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:39 PM

You know it somewhere in your mind before your mouth will admit it.

We talked about how it was a cult, joking at first. Outsiders could point and accuse and question, but we knew that it wasn't what it looked like. "Don't worry," we told ourselves. "We know it better...

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What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Sin

(118) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:57 AM

In the latest volley of the Christian culture wars, dozens of prominent conservative Christian leaders -- including Rick Warren, Ravi Zacharias, and Wayne Grudem -- have filed an amicus brief supporting Hobby Lobby in the ongoing battle over contraception.

Much ink has already been spilled...

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Why I Can't Say 'Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin' Anymore

(1092) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:09 PM

I'm done.

I can't look my gay brother in the eye anymore and say "I love the sinner but hate the sin." I can't keep drawing circles in the sand.

I thought I just needed to try harder. Maybe I needed to focus more on loving the sinner, and...

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6 Ways to Avoid a Blue Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 3:29 PM

It's the same every year.

I'm sitting on a couch surrounded by shreds of wrapping paper and stacks of new shirts and socks from a department store. The Christmas tree is still lit, but it seems somehow less cheery without any presents under it. The nearly-frantic cheer of Christmas morning...

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How I Became a Jesus Feminist

(44) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 6:16 PM

When I was nineteen, a kid asked me what a feminist was.

"A feminist is a woman with an authority problem," I said.

It was a black-and-white world I lived in then, one where I had all the answers (because I had read them in a book) and I wasn't...

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How Feminism Hurts Men

(1003) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Yesterday somebody on Facebook told me that feminism elevates women at the expense of men, that its agenda to validate women emasculates us guys.

He was right.

For men, the rise of feminism has relegated us to second-class status. Inequality and discrimination have become part of our everyday lives.

Because...

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