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Hey universe.
It's been awhile.
I used to call you Jesus - but that name carries many scars for me now.


I think you would get it.
I never thought we'd end up here.
I really don't know much anymore.
It all is grey to me.
One day the boundaries shifted...

May 16, 2020


I grew up in the institutional church and was always of the persuasion that being gay was a sin. I still felt I was being loving and inclusive, since by saying I hated the sin but loved the sinner, I was being more open than other religious folks. Y...

It was a Friday afternoon almost twenty years ago, sitting in the office of a minister of the apostolic Church.

I’d gotten to a stage in my life where I felt as if I was barely hanging on, standing on the crumpled edge, staring into what felt like a d...

December 24, 2019

It's that time of the year again.


Christmas.


It's the crazy lead up: the mad stress filled shopping trips, where you park 2km away if you get there anytime after 10am.


It's the awkward encounters with family: we really do our best to get along but wi...

December 23, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year.
But it doesn't feel wonderful to me.
It feels heavy.
The expectations of distant family, where there's so much unspoken history and awkwardness.
We don't have words to fill the silence.
It hangs thick in the...

December 22, 2019

I can’t be bothered to put up any Chrissy decorations. They sit in a dusty box in the shed. Apart from the hassle, I’m just not interested. It’s hot, there’s limited space, hubby's indifferent and visitors are rare. I could go on…

Trying to hang those...

September 10, 2019

Growing up in the church system I was always taught that the Preacher was the authority on everything spiritual. After all, they had been called and had gone to college to be taught about God and the bible.
 
I remember how impressed I was by preache...

July 16, 2019

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Jesus I surrender
I surrender all
(Israel Houghton)

From my seat at the back of the church, sandwiched between friends, I was aware of people dabbing their eyes and sniffling as the music swelled around us. I did...

May 21, 2019

So often when I mention that my wife and I have left the organized church, people assume something happened to hurt us or make us mad. Just to be clear on this subject neither one of us have ever been abused or hurt by the church. Neither one of us a...

December 21, 2018

If you close your eyes and consider a word that gets right under your skin, what do you think of? 

Is it the sound of the word, as it rolls off your tongue that leaves you ill at ease?  My hubby often uses the word “discombobulated". The jumble of con...

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