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On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon in recent weeks.


This photograph pretty well explains the political and religious landscape in rural Northwest Ohio. True liberals and progressives are few and far between. Many local Democrats attend Evangelical churches and are pro-life. Seven out of ten Defiance County registered voters are Republicans. Every local, county, and state officeholder is Republican. Those of us who are liberal Democrats have no voice in local politics. We are vampires who only come out at night. We skulk about, hopelessly wandering through the streets wailing woe is me, woe is me. When reelection time comes, local Republican officeholders know that they will easily win, often because the Democrats can’t find anyone to run against them. Rural Northwest Ohio is a right-wing political and religious monoculture. This is s-l-o-w-l-y changing thanks to millennial voters (if they vote) who tend to be more liberal and progressive than their parents and grandparents. It will be interesting to see what the voter party splits are come election day. Will local Evangelicals say to Donald Trump, ENOUGH! and vote for Clinton, Johnson, or Stein? Or will hatred for Clinton trump bigotry and misogyny?

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Calvary United Methodist Church, Williams Center, Ohio, pastors Dorothy, Larry Zuvers, and Stephen Brooks. Calvary does not have a website, but it does have a Facebook page. The “choose Jesus” sign is code for vote Republican. GOP=God’s Only Party. Donald Trump thinks GOP means grab our pu**ies.


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    Looks like Jesus and Trump come together in a neat package….

    Fortunately this doesn’t go for all Christians, sadly for far too many it does.

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    Lee Allen

    Hello Bruce, I used to read your writing about six years ago. I found your blog from the comments you posted on Debunking Christianity. I recently just read your forward for David Madison’s book and it reminded me about your writing. It’s good to see your still writing and involved in the movement of ex pastors such as myself.

    In regards to this particular post, it is astonishing to see so many “Christians” supporting Trump when Trump is so far removed from professed Christian values and morals.

    P.S. I feel for you my friend living in a rural county dominated by Repukicans. I live in the beautiful progressive state of Oregon where I don’t have to deal with that crap

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    I know its a minor point of contention but republicans and churches have one thing in common besides their political goal of installing a theocracy in the government of murica, perfectly horrible graphic design that looks like it was thrown together in microsoft office 2004(most democrats have horrid design too, so dont think that they are off the hook). i know like most stuff marketed to TRUE CHRISTIANS™ The message is most important. Eventually they have to to realize you cant just win on message, that it also has look good and be good. Then again considering how rotten the message is to begin with, the only way to save it may be by putting lipstick on a pig and calling it a day???

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