Multiple bloggers sharing, educating and supporting those who have been in unhealthy churches.

Author: Mary

These writings cover many years, starting in 2009. Because of this, the time frame in individual posts may appear to be wrong and it may seem like things changed sooner than actually happened.

Baptism and Re-Baptism Part 4

Continued from Part 3 I’m happy. I was concerned that I would have nightmares, that I would be so nervous I’d make myself sick, that I’d have last minute doubts… that I’d get food poisoning and wouldn’t be able to go. LOL None…

Baptism and Re-Baptism Part 3

Continued from Part 2 I feel like I have answers to the questions at the end of my last blog now. They might or might not help someone else later. I’ll post them just in case they might help someone, though. Would being…

Baptism and Re-Baptism Part 2

Continued from Part 1 Up to this point in my questions, I leaned toward not being re-baptized. Then a few nights ago I came across something interesting that added some depth to my questions and stirred them again. In Acts 16, Paul had…

Baptism and Re-Baptism Part 1

This is probably going to end up being an ongoing debate between me, myself and I. For a long time after I left my former church, I believed that baptism in Jesus’ name was right. Then I thought it was better. Then a…

This is my body, broken for you

I’ve heard these words many times through the years, associated with communion and the cross… and have always considered them associated with forgiveness as a result. It is, after all, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that offers forgiveness to us all. But is…

Christmas 2011

This is re-posted from 2011. Today has been a day full of shocks and a pleasant surprises… from the deacon who gave me a nice Christmas gift for helping him greet on Sunday mornings to the woman who asked if I’d like to…

Church Gimmicks

I had a dream this morning that I was attending church on Easter. It isn’t my church or one I’ve ever been in, but in the dream I’d been there before, because I knew the music was going to be different. Before church…

Gary Chapman- The Five Love Languages

I’ve been thinking about this book quite a bit lately, especially since reading part of The Five Love Languages of God. My primary love language is words of affirmation. In high school I started focusing on good things teachers said about me. I’d…

Jesus’ Name Baptism Oddity

You know, it’s kind of funny. My former church and others like it preached immersion and Jesus’ name so hard, but they often didn’t get the whole person under the water at once. Some didn’t go completely under at all! They didn’t say…

Moving on, blessing and cursing

My job ends soon. I’ve known Pentecostals in my past who prayed I would lose a job and who rejoiced when I lost a job, because they believed the job wasn’t the will of God for me or thought God needed to get…

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Just a thought, but some have argued that God set Adam and Eve up to sin by putting that tree in the garden. Some have even argued that God is responsible for sin as result. But the devil sinned before the tree. Would…