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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”:

 

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I3TTXPI

 

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:

 

http://cargocollective.com/brotherteresa

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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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10 May Things You Never HEAR in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 1 – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 2: “THINGS YOU DON’T ASK IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics discussed:

 

-How has religion been used to control people?
-What motivates you to believe in God?
-Is religion based on fear?
-Is everything spiritual?
-Can we be real with one another?
-Is God “out there”?
-How should I view myself?
-How does God see us?
-Can we love someone more than we love God?
-Can we pray religiously?
-Does God get jealous of the things you love?
-Is God insecure?
-What about “Christianese”?
-Are your friendships based on ministry?
-Is Jesus like a costume that covers us filthy sinners?
-Should we really believe in an eternal hell?
-Is the Gospel we hear today really good news?
-Is God in everyone?
-Is our love greater than God’s love?
-Is God’s love conditional?
-What is the life of the church?
-Are you tired of church?
-Are you afraid to question your religious beliefs?
-How should we view others from different religions?
-Were we ever separated from God?
-How can we live in the moment?
-Are we all children of God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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19 Apr How to Heal Yourself | Joshua Tongol

 

Date: March 24, 2013
Location: Abundant Grace Church, San Jacinto, CA

 

Topics discussed:

 

-Genetics vs. Epigenetics
-Conscious and Subconscious
-Mind/Body Connection
-Placebo and Nocebo Effect
-Visualization
-Miracles and Techniques
-Causes of Sickness
-Power of Laughter
-Power of Thoughts
-Power of Words
-Power of Faith
-Influence of Consciousness
-Role of Medicine
-How the Body Affects the Mind (and Vice Versa)
-Practical Tips on how to Feel Better
-Finances

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares some amazing stories that will help you believe for yourself and not give up. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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30 Mar Is God a Moral Monster? | Making Sense of the Bible | Joshua Tongol

 

[The views shared in this video do not necessarily represent the views of the community]

 

In March 2013, Joshua Tongol was invited to speak to a community in Santa Cruz, CA. Aside from his preaching, he requested for intimate gatherings where people can discuss topics that are usually not brought up in the “church.”

 

Many questions came up. Nothing was too sacred to mention in this meeting. The purpose was to ask the “WHAT IF?” question and to also offer alternative explanations of certain ideas.

 

Whenever a “new” idea was proposed to the community, the question was asked, “IS IT POSSIBLE?” No one, including the speaker, claimed to have it all figured out. But all were invited to participate in the conversation.

 

Sadly, many religious fundamentalists (Christian and non-Christian) tend to be very dogmatic concerning certain theological doctrines. Yet there is much diversity among them. That being the case, IS IT OK TO QUESTION?

 

Questions to think about:

 

-What do you really believe?
-Why do you believe?
-Can your “truth” withstand scrutiny?
-Can you listen to a different opinion other than yours without being offended?
-Can you disagree with another person and still unite in love?
-Can you feel safe enough in a gathering to share your heart without having to feel judged or condemned?

 

Josh has always envisioned gatherings where people can come together–with all their differences–yet still unite in love.

 

As you watch these videos, try to have an open heart and mind. And no matter what you may have been taught about God and/or the Bible…don’t forget to THINK for yourself.

 

Bless you on your journey…

 

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12 Jan Are Your Beliefs (or Religion) Based on FEAR? | Letting Go of Fear-Driven Religion | Joshua Tongol

 

Sadly, much of what we call “RELIGION” today (or even a “RELATIONSHIP with God”) is driven by FEAR. And fear has been used to control the masses.

 

There is so much religious dogma being used to keep people ignorant and fearful. That being the case, many religious folks end up not thinking for themselves. Or, at other times, valid questions are suppressed by the religious authorities.

 

There are 2 things that mainly drive people: LOVE and FEAR

 

Questions to think about:

 

Why do you believe in God?
Why do you do good to others?
Are you afraid of God?
Would you believe in God if there were no hell or punishment?

 

The way one answers these questions will reveal what really drives the person’s beliefs.

 

Listen as Joshua shares the problems of Fear-Driven Religion and how we need to rediscover the God of love.

 

Soundtrack: “Perpetual Tranquility loop” by Trix-Music

 

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10 May Was Jesus FORSAKEN by the Father? | Is God Too Holy to Look on Sin? | Joshua Tongol

 

Is God too holy too look on Sin?
Was Jesus forsaken by His Father on the Cross?

 

These are two of the building blocks that make up the evangelical penal substitutionary theory.

 

Why does it matter? How we understand the crucifixion shapes our understanding of who God is and what He is like. And ultimately, our understanding of God’s character also shapes our lives.

 

Problems with these ideas:

 

-Based upon a “legal” understanding of holiness and the gospel
-Distorts the unity within the Trinity
-Goes against common sense
-Creates a distorted view of an untrustworthy Father

 

Recommended resources:

 

“On The Incarnation Of The Word Of God” by Saint Athanasius
“Stricken by God?” by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin
“The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
“A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren
“Jesus and the Undoing of Adam” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Parable of the Dancing God” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus” by Robert Farrar Capon
“Razing Hell” by Sharon Baker

 

Soundtrack: “Fleeting Scenes” by ADG3 Studios (Adrien Gardiner)

 

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15 Apr Does Sin SEPARATE You From God? | Challenging Penal Substitution | Joshua Tongol

 

Does sin SEPARATE you from God? Is there a great chasm dividing humanity and God because of sin? Is there something a person must do in order to remove this separation?

 

Many Christians have been taught that sin separates us from God. In fact, when some people share the Gospel (GOOD NEWS), they begin with the idea of man being separated from God first. But is this where one should begin?

 

Moreover, this whole idea of “separation” is one of the building blocks of the Evangelical penal substitutionary theory.

 

Problems with SEPARATION?

 

-It’s not Christian
-Rooted in pagan dualism and not the Scriptures
-Has caused many Christians to suffer mentally and emotionally
-Denies the purpose of the incarnation and the finished work of Jesus Christ

 

Recommended resources:

 

“Stricken by God?” by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin
“The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
“A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren
“Jesus and the Undoing of Adam” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Parable of the Dancing God” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus” by Robert Farrar Capon
“Razing Hell” by Sharon Baker

 

Soundtrack: “Perpetual Tranquility loop” by Trix-Music

 

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22 Mar Was Jesus PUNISHED by the Father? | Challenging Penal Substitution | Joshua Tongol

 

What is wrong with the EVANGELICAL GOSPEL? Penal substitutionary theory is at the heart of the evangelical gospel. BUT what if it is WRONG?

 

Why does it matter? Our understanding of the Cross shapes our understanding of how we view God. And how we view God shapes the way we live.

 

Problems with penal substitution:

 

-Divides the Trinity
-Distorts forgiveness
-Contradicts the life and teachings of Jesus Christ
-Misunderstands justice
-Never found in parabolic form

 

Recommended resources:

 

“Stricken by God?” by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin
“The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
“A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren
“Jesus and the Undoing of Adam” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Razing Hell” by Sharon Baker

 

Soundtrack: “Ambient Night” by Eugene Serov (SZ Music)

 

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27 Jan MIRACLES at ABS-CBN Philippines – Joshua Tongol

 

Location: ABS-CBN (monthly gathering)
Host: Judah Paolo

 

Watch people experience the love of God through healing.
Listen to a testimony about a Muslim soldier receiving healing and seeing Jesus Christ.

 

If you’d like to know more about the ministry, please visit us www.joshuatongool.com

 

Background music: “Ambient Background Talkover Bed 2”
Instrumental by vaisnava

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