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19 Oct The REAL REASONS Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore

 

So where do you go to church?

 

If you’re a Christian, you’ve probably been asked this question a million times because it’s part of the everyday Christian lingo. In fact, for a lot of people, it seems like both “going to church” and “being a Christian” go hand-in-hand.

 

But I’ve also heard a lot of Christians say that “we are the church”?

 

So which is it?

 

Is “church” a place you go to?
Or is “church” … people?

 

Check out my latest video.

 

Isn’t it interesting that the place many religious folks call a “spiritual hospital” (church) for the “spiritually sick,” usually ends up being a place where everyone looks healthy? So instead of being a place where we can “be ourselves,” the church usually ends up being a place where we pretend everything is okay.

(So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion)

 

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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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15 May Things You Never ASK in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 2 (Q&A) – Joshua Tongol

 

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

 

Part 2: Ask Me Anything

 

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 1: “THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR 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 and questions discussed:

 

-Is it OK to challenge tradition?
-If Jesus was physically alive today, how would the church view him?
-When one pursues truth, is it worth losing “friends”?
-Are men and women equal in the Bible?
-What about the violence in the Bible?
-Does our culture or location of birth determine our beliefs?
-She we consider every non-Christian “lost”?
-Should we be concerned about any “appearance of evil”?
-If all are reconciled, what is the role of faith?
-How “free” are we?
-What is our motivation to do good?
-What about God’s wrath and judgment?
-Is there truth in all religions?
-What are some reasons why people don’t believe in 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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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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01 May aplacetotalk Podcast 2013 – A Chat with Joshua Tongol and Josh McDowell

 

Visit: http://aplacetotalk.net/weeklytalks/

 

From Josh McDowell’s podcast description: I’m blessed to get to talk to people like Joshua Tongol! I saw his first name and just decided to give him a call on the off chance that we would have similar hearts, and what do you know — WE DO!

 

Just kidding, I saw a few of Joshua’s You Tube videos and I felt certain that I would love to hear from him and I did.

 

As I heard Joshua’s story (there are many interesting and unique parts) I felt like I was hearing my story in a parallel universe. Our stories are unique, but we’re clearly talking to the same Father!

 

I hope you enjoy this chat!

 

Please visit Joshua’s website and support him anyway God leads you to!

 

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01 May Joshua Tongol – “The Place” Interview With Michael and Rhonda Jones

 

If I can’t put atheists first, then I’m not willing to be last, and if I can’t do unto others as I would do unto myself, then I’m not like Christ. So, am I willing to wrestle with questions outside of my comfort zone, or am I just too afraid of change. ~michael w. jones

 

List of some of the questions asked during this show:
1. Is it ever moral for any father to have his child beaten beyond recognition and tortured to death so that he can help/forgive the rest of his children?
2. What caused you to start questioning the bible and its doctrines?
3. Have we always been God’s children? or did a prerequisite have to be met for us to be considered His children?
4. Do all of us deserve the Father’s love, support, and protection, or should we feel undeserving?
5. What is unconditional love and acceptance? And why do you advocate them so much?
6. What are your thoughts on penal substitution, Christus Victor, and other atonement theories?
7. Do you think that the bible is actually God’s word or is it simply what man said God said?
8. What is the difference between religion and following Christ?
9. We’ve been hosting a series entitled, “Is Church Harmful?”, what are your thoughts on this?
10. What are the three biggest ‘sacred cows’ in the church/religion today?

 

The Place: michael and rhonda jones with special guests: Joshua Tongol and Michael Fulford – Captured Live on Ustream at

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25 Jan The REAL Reasons Why People Don’t Go to Church

 

Are you tired of “going” to church?
Sick of superficial, ministry-based-only friendships?
Bored of passively listening to sermons at a service?
Are you looking for something more?

 

How does the New Testament describe the body of Christ?
Let this audio be a challenge and encouragement to those who attend (or have left) institutional churches.

 

Listen to what it means to BE THE CHURCH.

 

SUBSCRIBE to his iTunes for more SERMONS and SERMON JAMS.

 

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18 Dec Joshua Tongol Ministries Trailer

 

This is a trailer of Joshua Tongol’s ministry. Thanks to everyone who has supported him and his wife throughout the years prayerfully and financially.

 

Joshua is a frequent speaker and equipper for the body of Christ in the areas of APOLOGETICS, HEALING, GRACE, and ORGANIC CHURCH.

 

He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University and an M.A. in Theology from Talbot School of Theology.

 

Josh and Remy currently live in the Philippines as missionaries. They travel around the country spreading the love of God and help others experience true freedom in Christ.

 

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