Why Am I Still a Christian?

A commenter told me yesterday, “It’s amazing you still have faith.” 
My answer to her? “Jesus. It’s allllllll Jesus.”
In the recent years that I have been studying the dangers of Legalistic Christianity, I have seen the many, many heartbreaking consequences. 
Most common is the abuse of power. The sect of Patriarchal Christianity is a favorite among abusers, for it ultimately gives them...
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No Longer A Slave?

I don’t know about you, but I still fight against fears on a daily basis.  I often get frustrated with myself thinking, “Come on Em, you should be getting a handle on this right about now.  Fear shouldn’t even be arising”.  But I don’t think God is telling us that fears are never supposed to come up...it’s what we do with the fears that he’s cares about.
Over the years people have quoted to me “God never gives you more than you can bear”.  However, I think that verse is greatly misinterpreted...
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The God Who Rescues

In these uncertain times, I want to share a reminder that our God is bigger than you think. ☺️
Nine years ago I traveled to Chicago and stayed the week at the headquarters of what I now know was religious cult. During that stay I was asked by the cult leader to make my stay permanent. 
He promised many wonderful things...
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When Suffering Feels Too Great

The last few months have been some of the most trying times I think this country has endured in decades. Unspeakable pain and heartache has flooded into countless lives and hardly anyone has escaped the devastation.
As I read my Bible this morning this passage stuck out to me...
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Burn The Ships!

“There was some truth mixed with the heresy.”
“Some good came out of it.”
“Some people were helped.”
I hear these phrases all the time about the cult I was raised in.  People try to convince me that I shouldn’t walk away completely; that somehow the small bits of truth mixed in the cesspool of toxic sewage still makes it worth swimming in.  
Here’s the truth...
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I Walked Away from Church -- But Not Jesus

Shorty after leaving the cult, I took a break from church.  I was so tired of the abuse of authority that I’d experienced most of my church-going life; I needed a break from it all.
I walked away from going to church, but not from my faith.
While I do believe being a participant of a local church congregation is a wonderful thing and has so many benefits and protections for the believer, we should never confine our faith to four walls.  
During my two years away from church...
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"Why Didn't You Walk Away?"

As I have started sharing my story with more and more people of how I was raised in a cult and eventually finding my way out, I inevitably get asked quite a few follow-up questions. 
One of the most common questions I receive, after finding out that my cult did not consist of a secluded compound where all the families lived together, is “How were you controlled if you weren’t physically being imprisoned?  Why didn’t you just walk away?“
You don’t have to be physically confined to be imprisoned.  There is another way...
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Scandalous Grace Excerpt

Today I'd like to release a small excerpt to my upcoming book, "Scandalous Grace".  This details a pivotal moment in my journey of breaking away from the chains of legalism and stepping into a Gospel of grace. On this night, in February 2017, my faith was forever changed...
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Love Empowers

It’s 4:30am, Palm Sunday. I have to get up in a few hours and teach the young children in church today, yet instead of sleeping, I’m up fighting a terrible allergy attack.

Since I can’t sleep I thought I might as well read. I never expected this.

For years I have struggled with this verse...

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Just Be Held

The year 2018 has been an earth-shattering, difficult year.  One only need read this blog to think “What is up with this girl?!  Her life is like a bad soap-opera!”

Believe me.  I agree...

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