I interviewed a former Christian through a phone call. It turns out that, ironically, he has this faith thing figured out.

Backlit cross against peachy and gray sunset clouds
Backlit cross against peachy and gray sunset clouds
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While the world slept, Jon didn’t. He had spent many years poring over the Bible, reading about liberation theology, and coming to terms with how his own experiences seemed to contradict what he had learned as a young boy. From a young age, Jon wondered how a loving God would consider unbelief a damnable offense. After all, God was supposed to love everyone with no strings attached. Requiring any sort of condition, even belief, made God’s promise of unconditional love misleading. No matter how he tried to fit the pieces of faith together, none of them seemed to fit.

This…


Take It On Faith (1)

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"Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth."

Sometimes, I wondered why I had this job since the Cornerstone Corporation was able to reach more people than I could even dream of. Yet, I knew that nothing could replace a simple devotion from the heart. It was balm to my soul ... or was it?

Despite the fact that I have said otherwise and published that statement in New Wine Magazine, I still missed working as a nursing assistant. Oh, I didn't miss the rude patients or the toxicity of the administrative…


A patriotic take on the KJV Bible is quite controversial, maybe even blasphemous.

The American (USA) flag hanging from a house
The American (USA) flag hanging from a house
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In almost any other circumstance, most publishers wouldn’t agree to shoehorn two completely different and irrelevant works together into one book. However, Hugh Kirkpatrick did just that with the God Bless the USA Bible.

The God Bless the USA Bible is a King James Version Bible that, for some reason, includes the US Constitution, Bill of Rights (the first ten constitutional amendments), the Declaration of Independence, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the lyrics to the 1984 song “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. The Nashville distributor anticipates its release on September 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the…


Sweet on the tongue, bitter in the stomach

A scroll in a display case on a table
A scroll in a display case on a table
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Being a Biblical prophet has to be one of the most bizarre jobs in history. This position covered a wide array of responsibilities such as predicting the weather, raising the dead, confronting political leaders, and performing rather bizarre tests to weed out any impostor gods. Ezekiel, one such prophet, had no shortage of these rather odd assignments. For example, he has to eat a scroll that God physically hands to him in Ezekiel 2:8–3:3.

The scroll contains “words of lamentation and woe” and tastes “sweet as honey”. This makes quite an odd contrast. If the Bible makes the case that…


Believe it or not, there is hope for this demographic.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or another medical professional. Please talk to a board-certified physician or two if you have any concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine.

A syringe stuck in a spherical pincushion studded with straight pins
A syringe stuck in a spherical pincushion studded with straight pins
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Unfortunately, evangelical vaccine skepticism isn’t just a matter of a few people with extreme vaccine views. It’s a definite pattern. According to a March poll by the NORC Centers for Public Affairs Research poll, White evangelicals are significantly more likely to be vaccine-skeptical (40%) than White mainline protestants (28%) or protestants of color (27%). …


Ever heard this? There’s little to no Biblical basis for it.

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A person in a hoodie facepalming
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If anyone ever tells you that your identity should only be in Christ, run.

Why? Because nothing in the Bible supports that premise. Various identities such as family roles, nationalities, ancestries, occupations, and other backgrounds pop up throughout the bible and no one ever has a problem with those. We can accept that David’s transition from shepherd to king, Moses’s marriage, and the Apostles’ various professions and personalities can coexist alongside their faith in God. If none of these things were mentioned in the Bible, it wouldn’t be a very interesting or relevant book the way it is today.

When…


Why freak out over one short scene when the whole music video uses Biblical motifs?

A purple tree with glassy purple “fruit” and smooth bark with an engraving written in Greek
A purple tree with glassy purple “fruit” and smooth bark with an engraving written in Greek
Source: The Call Me By Your Name music video (timestamp 1:10). Screenshot by me.

Lil Nas X recently released a song called “Call Me By Your Name” with an accompanying music video that involves a number of Biblically-themed images. His video and infamous “Satan shoes” have sparked controversy amongst a number of people including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Lil Nas X responded to her objection saying that she should stick to her job as governor rather than inciting moral panic over a music video and some shoes.

Aside from simulating sex with Satan, Lil Nas X has incorporated some other noticeably Christian-esque motifs into his music video. In the beginning, he casts himself…


Milo Yiannopoulos endorses a new form of ex-gayness, his support won’t save him from the harm it will inevitably cause

A hand holding a pair of brown shoes
A hand holding a pair of brown shoes
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Whether you heard of him during the Gamergate scandal or after he resigned from Breitbart, it’s no secret that Milo Yiannopoulos has made a career out of his controversial comments. These range from remarks that sex between a 13-year-old boy and an older man is “life-affirming” to personally attacking a transgender student at the University of Wisconsin. One has to wonder why he chose this particular career and what it has to offer, especially when it led him to endorse conversion therapy.

Milo Yiannopoulos has recently called himself ex-gay or “sodomy-free”. In an interview with Life Site News, he said…


It’s not about marriage…or even about sexuality for that matter.

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The Pope has recently affirmed the Catholic church’s refusal to bless same-sex marriages on the grounds that the church “cannot bless sin” and that this refusal was “a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite”. Ross Murray, who oversees religious issues for the organization GLAAD, found that the statement “brings us back to zero” and leaves LGBTQ+ Catholics wondering if Jesus truly loves them or not. Although the Vatican holds that gay and bi people should be treated with respect, the institution still maintains that gay sex is “intrinsically disordered” and that same-sex unions are not legitimate.

It’s easy…


Milo Yiannopoulos is just one example.

A hand holding a pair of brown shoes
A hand holding a pair of brown shoes
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Right-wing activist and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has recently called himself ex-gay or “sodomy-free”. In an interview with Life Site News, he said that he “was never at home in the gay lifestyle”. Rather, he “leaned into it” because “ it drove liberals crazy to see a handsome, charismatic, intelligent gay man riotously celebrating conservative principles”. Yiannopoulos dropped hints of his conversion in his book Dangerous and posting materials that said “X days without sodomy”.

He treats his gayness like an addiction to a drug in that his sexuality is still there, but he chooses to ignore it or work against…

Valentine Wiggin

Death-positive, sex-positive, and LGBTQ-affirming Christian. Gen Z. I hate onions.

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