I spent 20 years as a member of the United Pentecostal Church.
What follows on this page is my story - how I got sucked into this cult, why it is indeed a cult, and how I finally developed enough courage to get out. I hope this story can help others to see that the UPC is not the wonderful organization it portrays itself to be. If my story can save one person the heartache I went through at the hands of this "church," it will have been worth it.
I have to say, I like Trevor Noah. No, he’s not Jon Stewart – nobody ever will be. But I’ve quite fallen for Trevor’s cool accent and innocent enthusiasm. The Daily Show is different, but that’s not necessarily bad. That being said… I was rather disappointed as I began catching up […]
It’s been a long few weeks. Kim Davis, “Apostolic Christian,” held the entire state of Kentucky hostage to her personal beliefs as she steadfastly refused to issue marriage licenses despite being denied on every single appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. She had absolutely no legal leg to […]
It was a beautiful night last night. The sun had just gone down and I was enjoying the silvery light of the moon, just reaching the first quarter of her waxing phase. Untill… (in your head imagine the sound of a needle being drug across a record) My phone buzzes. […]
A couple sit anxiously in the ER, where their only child is being frantically attended to. As they fall to their knees in desperate prayer, the husband pulls out what he believes to be his biggest bargaining chip with God: “Heal our child, Lord. Work a miracle. My wife, this […]
I got a text from my Mother In Law last week. She told me that doctors had discovered a small nodule on her lung, that she’d had chest x-rays and a CT scan done and that she had an appointment today with a lung doctor to discuss. She may or […]
So over the weekend my Facebook feed (I promise I don’t live my life on Facebook, but it does give me lots of great article fodder) was littered with links to a particular article. It caught my eye because, for one, I saw it several times, but also because it’s […]
It was recently pointed out to me that this blog has a bit of an attitude. Someone whose work I respect mentioned that they are a Christian, yet they don’t shove their beliefs down the throats of others. They don’t flip out over the idea of a wedding cake for […]
Josh Duggar is having a bad week. Up till now, he had no doubt assumed his prior transgressions – molesting young girls, including his sisters – would stay swept under the rug. And that he could therefore continue his “ministry” with the Family Research Council, warning society of the dangers […]
On Saturday afternoon, May 2 a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit western Michigan. It was centered 8km south of Galesburg, outside of Kalamazoo. Earthquakes are fairly rare in Michigan, but not unheard of. In fact, this is only the second-strongest one ever recorded in that state. About 120 or so miles to […]
I discovered this gem while researching for my article on Lee Stoneking lying to the United Nations. Seems his “miraculous healing” isn’t all that Stoneking likes to play loosie-truthies with. That story could (if you’re feeling really generous) be labeled a (gross, extreme, huge) exaggeration. This one, however… not so […]