Category Archives: baggage

How Some Misguided Christian Beliefs are Very Harmful

Christianity is a very broad group of more than 2.3 billion people throughout the world, and there is tremendous variation in doctrinal beliefs among us. What we have in common is that we all, in some way, recognize Jesus as … Continue reading

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Jesus Without Baggage Welcomes Inerrantists!

Last week, I posted an article in which I explained that appeals to inerrancy in discussions were totally ineffective with those who do not embrace inerrancy. I had in mind those inerrantist believers who aggressively argue against progressive believers but … Continue reading

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Why Call Out Fundamentalist Views: Isn’t Everyone Entitled to Their Own Opinion?

Yes, everyone IS entitled to their own opinions (beliefs)—but not all opinions are equally valid (think ‘flat earth’), and some are very, very harmful. We could simply ignore our disagreement with harmful fundamentalist views, but that would leave potentially new fundamentalists … Continue reading

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Thank You to My Jesus Without Baggage Readers for Making 2017 the Best Year Ever

Jesus without Baggage readers, I want to thank you! You made 2017 by far the most successful year ever for Jesus without Baggage (in its fifth year). In 2017 the blog had considerably more followers, views, and comments than ever … Continue reading

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Patriarchy, Bill Gothard, and the Umbrella of Protection

In my fundamentalism of the 1960s, it was widely believed that the husband was the head of the house and that women were not allowed to preach. Many even objected to their wives working outside the home. The ideal wife … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Fear of Doubt and of Questioning Religious Beliefs We have been Taught

Growing up a fundamentalist, and then 25 years as an evangelical, I witnessed a lot of fear and experienced significant fear myself. These very conservative environments are filled with fear and, to a large extent, are based on fear—fear of … Continue reading

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How So Many Believers Completely Misunderstand God’s Love in John 3:16

I suppose most believers think John 3:16 is one of the most wonderful passages in the Bible—and I agree! This passage tells of God’s love for us in a very proactive way. This is why “John 3:16” is found everywhere: … Continue reading

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