Carpenter explores how spiritual homelessness may create the ideal conditions for exploring the unique nature of one's relationship to the divine and how any one religion may limit the ability to explore the full character of God.
Traditional church environments often select for a certain breed of cat. This can leave other cats feeling out of place. Since birds of a feather flock together, congregations frequently develop where those on the fringes feel unwelcome. Taking cues from psychoanalysis, Aldous Huxley and the words of Jesus, Carpenter proposes a way to think about how the subcultures within our churches develop and how this prevents the genuine pursuit of truth and beauty.
There's hope! After a painful divorce, a person can recover and have a fantastic life. Stay the course, do the work and remain true to the God that brought you through.
Church-going Christians get divorced regularly. Its painful for everybody and can be very confusing to navigate. In this episode, Carpenter offers advice from both firsthand and professional experience on the matter of divorce in the church.
Bruce Teague is openly gay, black, Christian and was raised Pentecostal in the heart of urban Chicago. He describes the challenges of growing up and strained family relationships.