The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

March 2011

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March 2011

With All Our Minds

by The Ventriloquist, on March 2011, Cedarville

“Critical Thinking” is a phrase most people like the sound of but are unable to define when pushed further. In this article I would like to answer three questions: what is critical thinking and what does it require? What does an environment in which critical thinking is cultivated look like? And ultimately, why is it uniquely important for us as Christians to try to be critically thinking people? First, true…

Tuesday

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March 2011

Perspectives: I am just a Christian who happens to be gay

by Daniel Sizemore, on March 2011, LGBTQ

The winter of 2004, I was sitting somewhere in the vast Pennsylvania wilderness for my school’s annual “snow camp”—a week where several fundamentalist Baptist schools came together to bring spiritual revival into the lives of their students. This was done by making the teenagers in their charge feel a transitory emotional response to their messages of guilt and fear. The particular session which I found myself in was…

Tuesday

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March 2011

Ricky's Story

by The Ventriloquist, on March 2011, Cedarville, LGBTQ

In 2006, Soulforce Equality Rider Vince Pancucci challenged Cedarville University to ask how her thoughts, words, actions, and biases harm her LGBT brothers and sisters. Pancucci joined Michael “Enku” Ide to illustrate the spiritual violence which well- intended Christians so often inflict on the lives of the LGBT community. Ide explained how hostility and narrow-mindedness drove him away from the Church, and that only the authentic, unconditional love of a…

Tuesday

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March 2011

Christian Language and Identity

by The Ventriloquist, on March 2011, Theology

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I think I need to make my faith my own.” “I’m just seeking God’s will for my life.” “God is in control.” “It’s such a God thing.” These are a few examples of the phrases you’ll hear around campus when we speak of God and how He relates to us humans. As most of us already…

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March 2011

The Politics of Chapel

by The Ventriloquist, on March 2011, Cedarville, Chapel

A hoary and paternal man gazes from the stage, waiting for those in his idly socializing audience to direct their attention to his dual twenty-foot visages. He begins to pray with twofold purpose: supplication before the Almighty, and tactical acoustic cover for the carefully selected team of ninja-minstrels who, like so many phantasmal Tomlins and Zschechs, stealthily move into position behind Korg, Zildjian, Martin & Co. Voices and arms rise…