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The Powerlessness of Prayer

11 Oct

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The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t believe in the power of prayer.  The reason why…because of God’s lack of answer to prayer.  In all honesty, God really does not answer prayer in the way it’s promised in the Bible.  The Bible claims that God cares for you and me and wants to answer our prayers.

Matthew 21:22 plainly states

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

But this does not seem to be true.  Millions of Christians have believed that God has the power to save and heal, have begged God to do so, and he has not done it.  Babies have died, beloved parents and relatives have wasted unto death, while God ignores the prayers of those who have asked him to heal those whom they love.

I know many will object that maybe God had a different idea, or maybe we just didn’t believe enough.  But…

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Brent And Jenny Detwiler Divorced As Of October 31, 2018

29 Aug

BEREA BOUND

ABD divorce docs redacted

Linked above is a PDF  file which contains the Complaint (filed by Jenny), the summons, the Motion for Summary Judgment, and the Judgment of Divorce.  Brent’s and Jenny’s addresses have been redacted as have the middle names and birth dates of their four children.

Brent didn’t oppose the divorce.    The summons gave him a deadline by which he was to file a response but he failed to do so.  The divorce was final on October 31st, 2018.

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Matthew Taylor: Confessions of a Young Earth Creationist

25 Jun

Graceful Atheist

Matthew Taylor
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My guest today is Matthew Taylor. Matthew is the host of the Ask an Atheist Anything podcast and the co-host of the Still Unbelievable podcast. He is the primary editor and contributing author of the book Still Unbelievable. His blog is entitled Confessions of a Young Earth Creationist.

Matthew’s deconversion story includes growing up in the mission fields in Zambia, a young Earth creationist education, the divorce of his parents and dramatic spiritual experiences. Friends began to challenge his rejection of evolution and podcasts began
to give him natural explanations for his spiritual experiences. He began to be disappointed in the apologetic arguments as compared to scientific explanations.

Deconversion was challenging and Matthew took a long time to tell his wife of his loss of faith. Matthew wants to help others through the deconversion process. He recognizes that it is a lonely process and…

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Teen’s Body Recovered at Malibu Young Life Camp

29 Jun

Young Life Watch

The body of a teen who went off a cliff and drowned at Young Life’s Malibu camp has been recovered.  It’s reported that the teen was playing volleyball near the cliff when he went for a ball and fell over the cliff, into the waters below.

You can read news reports here  and here.

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Young Life Camper Presumed Drowned at Malibu Young Life Camp

13 Jun

Young Life Watch

A 19 year old student attending Young Life’s Malibu summer property is presumed drowned after going missing in the water.

You can read a news account here and a statement from Young Life concerning the tragedy here.

Our thoughts go out to all involved.

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What it was Like to be Homeschooled: Dani’s Story

3 May

So sad…

Homeschoolers Anonymous

CC image courtesy of Flickr, JoshNV.

Editorial note: Dani is a homeschool alumni and  a junior at the University of Michigan.

“What was it like to be homeschooled?”

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, but I’ve been hesitant to write about my experience being homeschooled. I’ve been hesitant mainly because it’s so all-encompassing that I’ve never quite been sure how or where to start. And there are additional complicating factors: it’s not just homeschooling, it’s my family. My complicated family, with their mental illnesses, their fundamentalist Christianity, and the years and years of physical and emotional abuse. I grew up surrounded by all of this, and my education intersected and intertwined with it in ways that make it difficult to simply talk about my homeschooling without mentioning the rest of it. Also, to quote a character from one of my favorite books, “Rags to riches…

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Health Authorities: Raw Milk From PA Dairy Linked To Fatal Case Of Listeriosis

22 Mar

While you can’t just buy raw milk anywhere, there are some ways consumers can get their hands on the product, nonetheless, despite warnings from health officials that the unpasteurized product…

Source: Health Authorities: Raw Milk From PA Dairy Linked To Fatal Case Of Listeriosis

About My Homeschool Success Story . . .

2 Mar

Very interesting point of view about homeschooling.

Homeschoolers Anonymous

CC image courtesy of Flickr, Illinois Springfield.

Editorial note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog, Love, Joy, Feminism. It was originally published on February 24, 2016.

I posted earlier this week about David McGrath, a college professor who used to be anti-homeschooling but became avidly and uncritically pro-homeschooling after having a homeschool graduate in his class who impressed him with her academic work and interest. Here is the relevant quote from his article:

All that changed when I started teaching at the college level, on an evening when I came home from work, slipped off my shoes, collapsed into the recliner and announced to my wife that the best student in my college composition class had been home-schooled.

An 18-year-old only child, who had been educated by her parents for all 12 grades, chose a seat in the front row on the first day of class.

The following…

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A Modern-Day Abraham

2 Mar

Finding Truth

Well, it’s no longer a scenario we have to imagine. I’m sad to say that there’s a case currently underway not far from where I live concerning a man who murdered his daughter because “Yahweh” told him to. You can read the full story here.

Stephon Lindsay killed his 20-month old daughter Maliyah in March 2013 and confessed to it not long after. As he explained to police, “I only did what he told me to do to her… he wanted me to get rid of her.” According to Lindsay, “Whoever did not have the family name will die.” And “I tried to make her right by him. He didn’t want her.”

It’s a horribly tragic story, but it’s also hard to not comment on the irony. The article I linked to makes no reference to this story being similar to the story of Abraham and Isaac, and they…

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Ben Carson on evolution: an ignorant (or duplicitous) Presidential candidate

24 Sep

Why Evolution Is True

I don’t care how good a surgeon Ben Carson was (and he was reportedly a terrific one), he’s still pig-ignorant when it comes to evolution, geology, and cosmology. And that ignorance—regardless of whether he doesn’t know the facts, knows them but eludes them and is lying for Jesus, or truly believes that the facts support creation ex nihilo—makes him unqualified to be President. For the first possibility means he’s uninformed (especially as a doctor); the second means he’s dishonest; and the third means he’s blinded to reality by his fundamentalist faith, Seventh Day Adventism.

According to little green footballs, Carson’s odious talk on the falsity of evolution was delivered to the Adventist News Network’s “Celebration of Creation” in 2011, but was posted on YouTube on June 15 of this year. Four years ago, Carson was probably not contemplating a run for the Presidency, so he was willing to say what he really thinks. And what he…

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