A Letter To The Tenuous Christian Who Has Left Church and Is Hanging On By A Thread

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

I know there are some of you who are barely hanging onto the ?Christian scene? ? it was part of your youth, you like Jesus, you like some of the music, you find many of the teachings and verses to be inspirational, you?re into grace and humility, and you understand that not every screaming Westboro picketer represents the movement of Christianity.

But mostly: it?s not a part of your life. You haven?t been to church in a while. You feel largely removed from your former Christian friends. You don?t care to go back, and you feel like you?d be judged if you did.

Sometimes you miss going, but you?ll see some horrible news story about another group of crazy church people or you?ll see how the drama is destroying your friends who still attend ? and you remember why you left. You?ll remember the old wounds, the hurtful things the…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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