Author: joshua

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02 Apr A Very IMPORTANT (and Maybe UNCOMFORTABLE) Question | Joshua Tongol


Get Josh’s bestselling book “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion”:


Date: 3-22-14
Location: San Diego, CA


Ask yourself the question, “WHAT IF?”


Joshua was raised within the evangelical tradition. Throughout the years, he served as a teacher, pastor, and evangelist at several denominations such as: Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, and Assemblies of God. He also served as a missionary to the Philippines after graduating from seminary.


Although Joshua was the type to always ask questions during his early adult years, he finally found the courage to really question some of his “fundamental” beliefs he held to as an evangelical Christian. He began questioning his understanding of God, the Bible (inerrancy), grace, the gospel, eternal hell, Satan, interfaith, and even church.


Listen in as Joshua shares his heart and answers questions on important theological subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.



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18 Mar Josh and Remy Tongol in San Diego ( + Book Signing)

On March 22 & 23, I’ll be discussing my new book “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion.”


I’ll be sharing a bit and possibly answering some questions from the audience. (Book signing will follow.)

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IMPORTANT: These are TWO DIFFERENT EVENTS hosted by TWO DIFFERENT GROUPS in San Diego. I’ll most  likely be sharing the same content at these two different locations so there’s no need to attend both of them.


Click on the links below for more information. Please click whether or not you’re “going” so the host will have an idea of how many will be attending.


March 22 – The House Church of San Diego

March 23 – Oceanside/San Diego


We’d love to meet you. Hope to see YOU there!




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11 Mar Friends Who Read SYTYK (Awesome People Spreading Love)

People have been sending me photos of them and the book. It’s so encouraging. So I thought, just for fun, why not create an album?


Click here —> Facebook Album of Happy People




If you’d like to be included in this album, TAKE A PHOTO OF YOU HOLDING THE BOOK (we’d love to see your awesome face) and maybe mention your FAVORITE QUOTE (optional). Either TAG ME in the photo or POST IT on my wall on Facebook so we’ll be able to see it. Add hashtag #soyouthoughtyouknew


Remy and I would love to see this go INTERNATIONAL. Putting so much time and work into creating our first book, and seeing it in your hands, really makes us SMILE. 🙂


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28 Feb Paperback of SYTYK is Out! – The Story Behind the Book


Get Josh’s #1 bestselling book “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion”:


Well, here it is! “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion” is finally released in paperback!


The release of the Kindle version was a huge success. Remy and I just want to thank everyone for all the support and for helping us spread the word.


Get yourself a copy today!


The design–both interior and exterior–is fantastic! To see more of the designer’s work, check it out here:

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18 Feb Free Book Promotion! Get It Before Offer Ends!



Within the first three weeks of its release, my Kindle book So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion has been, thankfully, impacting so many people’s lives. Remy and I are so overwhelmed by all the positive responses we’ve been receiving from people who said it spoke the language of their heart. Wow! It’s such GOOD NEWS for us to hear!


But wait! I have more good news!


Are you ready?


For a limited time only, So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion is now FREE on until February 22! Grab your copy here:


Click on this link —-> Free Book Promotion of “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion”


Our heart is to see this message of unconditional love spread throughout the world and to especially help those who’ve been affected by fear-based religion.




To those who end up downloading this book for free, would you mind doing us a favor? Once you’re finished (or inspired at any point) with the book, would you mind doing at least two things? Can you:


1) WRITE A REVIEW on (it only takes a few minutes)

2) SHARE THIS BOOK with as many people as possible (via online or word of mouth)


Of course, you don’t have to. Us knowing that people are reading the book is already a big encouragement for us. But it’s something my wife and I would really appreciate.


A BIG THANKS to everyone who supported us during the process of this book. We learned a lot by self-publishing for the first time. And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the PAPERBACK edition. It’s coming soon!


With much gratitude,


Josh and Remy


(Don’t forget to click on the link above to get your free copy today!)





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29 Jan New Book!

Check out Joshua’s new book!

So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

Order on Amazon (Kindle)


 Tired of religion?

What if almost everything you were taught about Christianity is wrong? Would you give up on faith altogether? Or is it possible to rediscover—with fresh eyes—a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality?

So You Thought You Knew is a refreshing journey written straight from the heart. It’s about thinking outside the “institutional walls” of Christianity and asking the hard questions. It boldly says in public what many people are thinking in private. And its hilarious stories and life-changing insights will inspire those who are dissatisfied with fear-driven religion but believe—deep down—there’s a better message out there for the world to hear.

Praise for 

So You Thought You Knew

  “This brilliantly thought-out, carefully worded and daringly provocative book is a must read for all who ask questions, answer questions and perhaps more importantly, question the answers we’ve habitually used and traded down for millennia. This book forces us to reconsider what we believe, why we believe it, and whether those beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of our lives.”

— Bishop Carlton Pearson, author of The Gospel of Inclusion and God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…

 “A fresh wind is sweeping 21st century Christianity. It challenges our assumptions, it invigorates our faith and it motivates us to love. Joshua Tongol is one of those moved by this fresh wind. This book is easy to read yet it is a thought provoking story of a journey with Jesus in his upside-down kingdom. This is one of those rare books where faith and questions both meet in one person’s quest for honesty in Christianity. I am reminded of The Shack.”

— Michael Hardin, Executive Director of Preaching Peace and author of The Jesus Driven Life

“In this artful, thoughtful and accessible work, Joshua Tongol asks some very disconcerting questions and offers equally liberating proposals. His challenges should not be misread as simply setting up polarizing binaries. Rather, I believe he’s faithfully shaping a generation of critically thinking believers with the capacity to perform a very specific and unlikely miracle: making Christianity possible for my grandchildren. What matters to God and what matters to me is a theology and practice that magnifies the love of God and ministers the love of Christ. The rest, apparently, really is up for grabs.”

— Dr. Brad Jersak, author of Can You Hear Me? and Kissing the Leper

“Accessible, winsome and provocative, Joshua Tongol has written a powerful book arising out of his own spiritual journey that seeks to inspire ‘those who have ears to hear’ to step out of their carefully circumscribed faith and into something that more closely resembles the freedom available through Christ.”

— Kevin Miller, director of Hellbound?

“In a personable and approachable style, Joshua Tongol fearlessly helps us to face the hard questions of faith so many of us struggle with. This is not a book with “all the answers” so much as it is one that models that it’s okay for us to ask those questions as a healthy expression of faith. That can be scary—even isolating—but Joshua continually brings the focus back to a grace that just won’t let go, allowing us to have the courage to ask those difficult questions together.”

— Derek Flood, author of Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross

“Many of us have inherited a version of the ‘good news’ that, honestly, doesn’t seem very good. We wrestle with the disparity between the god we are told exists, and the God our hearts tell us must exist. Unfortunately, few of us have a conversation partner with which we can process this incongruity. Enter Joshua Tongol. This is more than a book; it’s an invitation. An invitation to allow yourself to ask the hard questions of the faith you have inherited. So, grab a beverage, pull up a chair, and allow Josh to give voice to the questions your heart has been asking. I think you might just find something that you can finally call ‘good news’.”

— Raborn Johnson, co-host of

“Joshua Tongol has restored to Christendom the Good News of God’s driving passion to be in a love relationship with all humanity. Beautiful, simple, yet profoundly deep, Joshua calls the church to an authentic Christian way of life that, if lived out, will transform the world. A must-read that will thoroughly, theologically, rock the status quo!”

— Sharon Baker, author of Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment

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08 Jan Letting Go of Religion


Speaker: Joshua Tongol


“The Jesus Event”
Date: 12/28/13
Location: New Life Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York


People gathered together in New York to listen to the radical teachings of Jesus. Several speakers from across the United States united to share the message of God’s grace and unconditional love.


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30 Dec Happy New Year | 2013 Reflections | Ministry Update


Date: 12/29/13
Location: Queens, New York


Things shared in our latest video update:
-a review of 2013
-Josh’s new book
-why we don’t post certain theological videos
-why we don’t answer certain questions
-upcoming “Into the Wild” podcast with Darin Hufford
-how the message of love and grace has transformed us
-how to deal with those you disagree with
-some encouragement

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13 Nov An Honest Christian Speaks


A Tall Drink of Good News Gathering


Date: October 25, 2013

Location: Carlsbad, California


This was a special meeting where Joshua Tongol and Rod Williams (senior pastor of Santa Cruz Church) were able to share their hearts honestly and answer sincere questions from those who attended.


People from Los Angeles, San Diego, Chula Vista, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, El Cajon, etc. came to this gathering.

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