Why People are Leaving

  1. Church seems overprotective

  2. Shallow understanding of theology/experience

  3. Churches seem antagonistic to science

  4. Church’s teaching on sexuality seems simple and judgmental

  5. Wrestle with exclusivity

  6. Church seems unfriendly to doubt

Why are we staying?

  1. It’s true

  2. The way of forgiveness

  3. Freedom

  4. Peace

  5. A story  bigger than us, that includes the small, weak, and broken

  6. The community- the people of Jesus- not just a social club

Canada’s Changing Religious Landscape- Pew Report

Reddit- R/ExChristian

Ted Haggard Documentary

The house is on fire, what do we save?

What is Lutheranism?

What does Lutheran Christianity have to say to this?




(Gen 22:18/Is61:1/Jer33:6)

Everything/Is Going to Be/Ok

Not: Some things/are now/awesome



People forget that even doctors have moral scruples and that certain patient’s confessions are hard even for a doctor to swallow. Yet the patient does not feel himself accepted unless the very worst of him is accepted too. No one can bring this about by mere words. It comes only through reflection and through the doctor’s attitude towards himself and his own dark side. If the doctor wants to guide another or even accompany him a step of the way, he must feel with that person’s psyche. He never feels it when he passes judgment. Whether he puts his judgments into words or keeps them to himself, makes not the slightest difference. To take the opposite position and to agree with the patient offhand is also of no use but estranges him as much as condemnationFeeling comes only through unprejudiced objectivity. 


[This involves…] A kind of deep respect for the facts – for the man who suffers from them and for the riddle of such a man’s life. …It is a moral achievement on the part of the doctor who ought not to let himself be repelled by sickness and corruption. We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate. It oppresses. And I am the oppressor of the person I condemn – not his friend and fellow sufferer. 


I do not in the least mean to say that we must never pass judgment [I think DISCERNMENT is the better word to use here] when we desire to help and improve. But, if the doctor wishes to help a human being, he must be able to accept him as he is. And he can do this in reality only when he has already seen and accepted himself as he is. 


And so, acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem, and the acid test of one’s whole outlook on life. That I feed the beggar – that I forgive an insult – that I love my enemy in the name of Christ – all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least amongst them all – the poorest of all beggars – the most impudent of all offenders – yea the very fiend himself – that these are within me? And that I myself stand in need of the arms of my own kindness. That I myself am the enemy that must be loved. What then? Then, as a rule, the whole truth of Christianity is reversed. There is then no more talk of love and long suffering. We say to the brother within us: Raca, and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide him from the world. We deny ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves. And had it been God himself who drew near to us in this despicable form, we should have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed.







1.   What do you admire in someone and also see in yourself?



2.   What do you admire in someone but do not see in yourself?



3.   What do you disdain in someone but do not see in yourself?



4.   What do you disdain in someone and also see in yourself?

by Phyllis McGinley

by Phyllis McGinley