And why it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone

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The Christian church is no stranger to scandal. Tragically, when we hear of Christian leaders falling into moral failure, we are hardly surprised anymore. I decry my own cynicism in this regard, but the sad truth is, these kinds of stories are far too common. However, one of the more recent scandals to come to light left even me shaking my head. How could the great Ravi Zacharias be nothing more than a fraud?

Over a 40 year career as a Christian minister, Ravi Zacharias built a reputation among Evangelicals as the world’s leading Christian apologist. He was the author…

Christian Fundraising Site Raises $100K for Far-Right Group

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GiveSendGo advertises itself as the ‘Number 1 Free Christian Crowdfunding Site’ in the world. Apparently, it is a place to fund hope — a place to work together with the body of Christ around the world to make a difference.

You can donate money to many worthwhile causes at this website, including those who have tragically lost loved ones or fallen on hard times.

But that’s not all.

Once you start to dig a little deeper, you will find the website peppered with questionable fundraising campaigns with largely far right-wing political objectives. …

The 7 times that Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”

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We don’t tend to think of Jesus as an angry guy.

After all, he was the preeminent teacher of love, grace, and compassion. It was Jesus who brought us radical and counter-cultural ideas about forgiving and loving our enemies and “turning the other cheek” instead of taking revenge on others who harm us.

Is it any wonder then that we associate Jesus with gentleness and kindness? When I was a kid growing up in the evangelical church, they even described Jesus in glowing terms as “meek and mild,” as if this were some kind of compliment.

Type “Jesus” into a…

The time for change is now

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As the end of the year hurtles towards us like a freight train, it is time to consider, yet again, all those hopes and dreams that we have for the new (and hopefully better) year ahead.

According to a survey of over 500 adults in the USA, run by consumer data website, Statista, the top New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 included: Exercising more, eating more healthily, and spending more time with family and friends.

And that’s a shame

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“When you get to die,” The preacher explained, “You’ll come to face to face with God, and then you’ll have to explain everything you’ve done.”

“I can imagine that there will be a big screen where you’re entire life will be replayed — every word, every thought, every action — even those done in secret, will be laid bare for everyone to see!”

I was a teenager — one of several hundred — sitting in another Christian youth rally, listening intently to the “Good News” of the Gospel, as declared by the evangelical tradition. The preacher man went on:


And not just made him up in your head

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A knock on the door interrupted our family dinner. I sighed and got up from the kitchen table to greet our would-be, family-time intruders. I opened the door to two well-dressed young men with Bibles tucked under their arms.

Door-to-door evangelists.


“Excuse me, Sir,” Said one of the men. “I was wondering if you had found Jesus.”

“I didn’t realize that Jesus was missing,” I said cheerily — my go-to line for these kinds of situations. “If he shows up here, I’ll be sure to let you know. Have a nice evening!”

Life was simpler back then

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I bumped into an old church friend a few days ago — one that I haven’t seen for several years. We made mindless small-talk for a few minutes about work, family, and the weather.

This, of course, was just a prelude to the question they really wanted to ask. I saw it forming behind their eyes like a storm brewing on the horizon. Finally, it poured forth in a steady stream of glorious predictability.

“So,” They said, “Where are you going to church these days?”

I sighed.

When I was a kid, I went to church morning and night, every…

The list the church doesn’t want you to see

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After writing an article where I expressed support for the LGBTIQ community, I was accused by a religious zealot of the ‘Christian’ kind, of being ‘soft on sin.’ It was meant as a kind of spiritual insult — usually bestowed on those who err on the side of tolerance, rather than retreating into self-righteous indignation every time one comes across someone who thinks and lives differently to oneself.

I wasn’t offended though.

In fact, I was glad to wear the title, “soft on sin” as a badge of honor. Why? Because Jesus was accused of the same. Anyone who knows…

Investing in your inner-life matters more

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In my first year of high school, a teacher dropped dead in the shower at school camp. He was the Drama teacher — ironically. He died of a heart attack. He was 39 years old.

I was thinking about this teacher as I went drove to the local hospital emergency department with chronic chest pain. “I’m surely too young to have a heart attack,” I thought, but the pain in my chest was taking my breath away. My wife had ordered me down to the hospital to get checked out. …

So much of what I learned in church was wrong

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I remember attending a Pentecostal youth conference as an impressionable teenager. A preacher spoke of the blind man in the Gospel of Mark who sat by the side of the road and, upon hearing that Jesus had just passed by, began to shout at the top of his lungs, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” When the people around him tried to shut him up, he shouted all the more! “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Sure enough, Jesus returned to the blind man and restored his sight.

I like to think that Jesus was moved…

Dan Foster

Writer & Poet: Learning life’s lessons in the classroom of pain; Writing them down so others can gain.

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