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My Journey of Deconstruction. How it started: A snake-like question mark sits on a bed scaring a man under the covers. Next frame, the man and question mark are arm in arm, in love. There are questions that are permissible. These questions confirm and sustain the system. Q: "How did God create the world in six days?" A: "Because God is omnipotent!" Q: "Can you explain the Trinity to me?" A: "Like an egg... white, yoke, and shell!" Q: "How can I get to Heaven?"A: "Repent of your sins and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord!" Then there are questions...

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A man walks with God as God disappears over 4 frames. THE FOUR GODS OF DECONSTRUCTION These are my stages of belief in God: Jealous: This God tolerated no competition. God demanded 100% obsessive loyalty or God would get angry. I believed what God dictated. I read the Bible and approved theology only. It was domination, absorption and slavery. At times pleasant, at times miserable. My life wasn’t mine, but God’s. Gracious: Then God said God was revealed to all people, ideas and religions and invited me to explore. God was still jealous because I had to find God in...

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A man looking over his wife’s shoulder at her laptop says, “If you’re going to share that about yourself then I need to go out and get us some more wine!” SHARING YOUR DECONSTRUCTION AND MORE WINE Jesus said, “Do not cast your pearls before swine.” When you’re deconstructing don’t share it with people who won’t appreciate it. Don’t trust people who will hurt you. Your pearls mean nothing to pigs. 1. NEVER SHARE PUBLICLY unless you’re ready. There are too many pigs waiting to trample you. I know! I expose myself (hence “nakedpastor”) but I do it purposefully. I...

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A man on a couch depressed. His wife on the phone: “Sorry, he can’t come to the phone right now. He’s losing his religion.” WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF DECONSTRUCTION? You deconstruct uniquely. This is why I promote spiritual independence. You do you! Here are symptoms you may experience. MENTAL: Deconstruction usually starts in the mind, often initiated by trauma: an event that provokes doubt. It can be as simple as questioning the Bible, or the loss of a loved one that makes you question a caring God, or frustrating experiences in the Church or with religious people. A Doubt...

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A doctor shows a patient an x-ray of her head full of question marks and says, “I’m afraid you have an incurable form of deconstruction.” WHAT IS DECONSTRUCTION? In 2009 I participated in a hermeneutics workshop. We were to prepare by reading books supporting conservative hermeneutical approaches to scripture while dismissing liberal ones. I read them with fascination. The workshop echoed the books’ defense of traditional hermeneutical approaches. But I loved the ideas of the philosophers (such as Derrida, the father of deconstruction) who were dismissed. The workshop had the opposite intended affect. I was converted! People started calling me...

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