Fear Not! Coming in October

At the heart of the Gospel is the message to Be Not Afraid. Fear is the anti-gospel, and it is playing a huge role in our world today. Fear of the other. Fear of losing autonomy or power. Fear of uncertainty. We simply cannot allow fear to run and ruin our lives. Doubting Believer will bring you 31 days of reading and exercises on naming, owning and dealing with your ...

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God as the Laundry Woman

Those in our Bible on Location Bible study have just finished our first week. The location and reflection on Day 3 generated the most discussion and seemed to really resonate with people, so I wanted to share it with you all. The title of this post did not come from me, but from one of our study group who remarked, "I've never thought of God as a laundry woman, but ...

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Be Ye Doers

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.James 1:22 (KJV) Generally the King James is not my go-to translation, but I like the way this verse trips off the tongue in the King's English. We can read and study and discuss and Tweet and even create lovely Instagram graphics of scripture, but we're missing something if we stay only hearers (and even sharers), and fail to be do-ers. One ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

I find that it's a good idea to check myself from time to time to make sure that my theology is staying faithful to scripture and not just to what I want to believe...or what is convenient to believe...or what is self-serving to believe. So before I go making assertions or sharing opinions on certain subjects, I ask myself these six questions. 1. Is it based on something that is actually ...

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Five Reasons Bible Literacy Classes in Schools are a Bad Idea

I love the Bible and strongly agree that more people should be biblically literate, but I don’t believe that literacy should be obtained in a public school setting. Aside from the fact that our constitution separates church and state, and not taking into account my suspicion that our very non-religious president is calling for this class to pander to the religious right , here are five reasons I think Bible ...

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The Bible Doesn’t Change–But We Do

One of the statements that some Christians like to throw out whenever they want to exclude or limit the participation and acceptance of women, LGBTQ people, people of color or any group they deem threatening or unacceptable is, "the Bible doesn't change."  Meaning that there are verses in the Bible they can point to that say these folks are not okay and that stands for now and all time. There is ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

I cannot count the number of times in the past couple of weeks that I have heard or read someone begin a sentence with, "The Bible clearly says..." and then goes on to say something that I have never known the Bible to say. Just to check ourselves, here are six questions we can ask to make sure that when we say, "The Bible says..." we're not just using that make ...

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Are You a Doubting Believer?

Doubting Believer is an online, progressive and inclusive religious community of diverse followers of Christ.  Doubting Believers Seek to follow Jesus Christ Believe that everyone is welcome at the table Have lots of questions about how we should live out our faith Do not use religion as a weapon Encourage others in their faith journey Practice the new commandment--to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34) Give of ourselves and our resources to help those ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

A lot of our theology (what we believe about God) comes more from literature, pop culture and popular opinion than we'd like to admit. We all fall in to the trap of bad theology from time to time. Here's a handy six-step guide to check yourself when you think you've allowed less-than-good theology to creep in to your life.   Want more Doubting Believer? Check out our Doubting Believer Member Community. 

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Five Bibles

Whether you find the Bible hard to read or have noticed your own Bible study has gotten a little stale, here are five versions of the Bible you may not have seen. Wherever we are in our study of scripture, it's always a good idea to take a look at the Word in a new light, in new format or a different translation.  Stories we've stopped hearing because we know them ...

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