Category Archives: Christianity

Alaskans, Clergy, and Mandated Reporting 3 of 3

Alaska law should no longer remain quiet on this issue; we must bolster our clergy by giving them a mandated legal avenue to pursue justice, healing, and safety. Continue reading

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Alaskans, Clergy, and Manditory Reporting 2 of 3

For clergy this issue of confidentiality goes much deeper than just keeping secrets. As a doctrine of some faiths, clergy are obligated to maintain privileged communications. In Christian denominations this is especially true, where the idea of confidence is directly implied in the practice of confession. Continue reading

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“I quit being a Chrisitan. I’m out. In the name of Christ…” (Anne Rice)

This trend has been a cop-out for many budding Christians. When things don’t go the way you expected just cite, “Jesus is my homeboy” and walk away from church thinking that Christianity is separate from the Church. Sadly, it’s not. Continue reading

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Church Growth and the Pert Formula

The prospect of doubling in two years(8 quarters) is daunting for any church; however, using A=Pert we can provide a realistic set of goals. Continue reading

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Alaskans, Clergy, and Mandated Reporting 1 of 3

Because Alaska has struggled with the issue of child abuse by clergy for so long, I find it fascinating that we are on the short-list of states which have yet to address the issue of clergy-penitent privilege and the mandated reporting of child abuse. Continue reading

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Queen Vashti Goes to Heaven

King Ahasuerus, King of the Medes and Persians, hosts a feast for all his noblemen and subjects. After 180 days of drunken revelry, King Ahasuerus orders his Queen, Vashti, to come and dance before him and his men. With the dignity of a royal woman, Vashti declines. Embarrassed and enraged, the King divorces her, and begins searching for a replacement queen. As Benesch explores the mistreatment of Queen Vashti, he uses this story to assert that the Christian scriptures validate misogyny (Hatred of women). Continue reading

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But have you read the Gnostic Gospels?

Her eyes narrowed as a furtive smile crossed her face. Pulling in both elbows, and thrusting her index fingers toward me in a drawn gun pose, “Now, how many of you have read the Gnostic Christian gospels?” All eyes in the classroom directed at me. Continue reading

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