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"Self-Made Black Sheep" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward Buy the print here for 35% OFF with code 'nakedpastordeal' > We can change inside, gradually or suddenly, and do our best to keep the transformation hidden from others. But there comes a time when the internal pressure, the need, to reveal your true self (as you know yourself at that time) becomes unbearable. At some point the you you know to be you must come out. Not for everyone, but for many people this is the turning point from belonging to rejection. It's an amazing act of courage and defiance and...

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"Stiffnecked Sheep" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward) I want to make it clear from the beginning that victims of abuse responding to it are not necessarily sinners, but are actually justified in defending themselves. The word "sinners" suggests that the church considers their people sinners because they are not behaving the way they want them to. They are not sinners really, but in the eyes of domineering leadership they are. So here's how abusive churches and pastors make sinners out of us: resisting being controlled is interpreted as stubbornness questioning a leader's actions is interpreted as rebellious doing other than exactly...

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"Lambo" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward) I hope you're enjoying Sheep Week. I am. One of the reasons I think the sheep analogy is no longer helpful is because sheep are weak. If you are a sheep, then you are supposed to be weak. So if you have to be a sheep, be a baddass one! My new book, The Liberation of Sophia, is getting great reviews! Order yours. 59 drawings with 59 meditations. Join our online community, The Lasting Supper.

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"Wolf Bounty" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward) I don't support bounties on wolves. In fact, it is rarely done anymore. I just picked up Terry Eagleton's book, "On Evil". I'm looking forward to reading it. There are a lot of scriptures that talk about Satan, devils, and demons. There's a lot of talk about sheep that represent God's people and wolves that represent Satan's. There are verses that also promise the end of evil. Even though there aren't sufficient explanations for the presence of evil or the purpose of it, biblically it is clear it is here but just as...

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When I was a teenager my pastor was totally into Hal Lindsay's "Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth". He claimed to be an exorcist and had recordings of the exorcisms he let me listen to. I participated in exorcisms. He did a conference on Satanism to teach people all about devils and Satan and all the dangers. I also remember reading Andre Crouch's autobiography, especially the part where he said he saw a little demon hiding behind something in his living room. During my teens, devils and demons were everywhere. Satan ruled! I lived in absolute terror night...

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