Church Lingo, Leaving the Church, Spiritual Abuse, Spiritual Bullies

Dissecting Gracealone1’s Comment

*** Sometimes we have commenters here who like to challenge us. Sometimes the language and tone used seem familiar to what we experienced in our abusive churches. Commenter "gracealone1" has been engaging SSB readers on the comments in this article, JD Hall of Pulpit and Pen Launches Voice in the Wilderness Radio, and one of his comments in… Continue reading Dissecting Gracealone1’s Comment

Church Lingo, Crazy Things Church Leaders Say & Do, Emotional Responses, Extra-Biblical Nonsense

Invitations and Altar Calls: Is it Manipulation or Evangelism?

 *** What is going on when a pastor gives an altar call or invitation? Is this appropriate? Is it manipulation?   When I was a kid, at church there was a weekly altar call with the hymn, "Just As I Am" playing and we knew that if God was working on someone's heart, they'd get out of… Continue reading Invitations and Altar Calls: Is it Manipulation or Evangelism?

Church Lingo, Disturbing Trends, Grace Community Church

Church Job Description: Vision Casting?

*     *     * Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. Jeremiah 23:16 *     *     * Covenant Life Church (CLC) in… Continue reading Church Job Description: Vision Casting?

Church Lingo, Patriarchal-Complementarian Movement, Single and Christian

More Background Info on the Movie: UnMarried

There is a slice of heaven on earth when we can relate to one another in the church, regardless of the form our family takes, as individuals equal in worth, significance and value.  ~Wade BurlesonThe other day, I posted about a new movie coming out called UnMarried.  I really appreciated the contributions in the comments.  Just… Continue reading More Background Info on the Movie: UnMarried

Church Lingo

Church Lingo? Do They Have Their Own Language?

When I lived on the East coast and in the South and after some confusion, I figured out that barbecue was not a verb, but a noun.  I lived in California and Oregon as a child and in those states, we barbecued "cooked" steaks, chicken, hamburger, hot dogs, etc, on the barbecue.  I can hear… Continue reading Church Lingo? Do They Have Their Own Language?