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Switch From HTTP to HTTPS


Several weeks ago, I switched The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser from using  HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). This switch was necessitated by Google’s plan to warn internet users when they are accessing an insecure (non-HTTPS) site. Doing so makes readers think that this site is insecure and unsafe to access. This is, of course, patently untrue. That said, it is in the long-term best interest of this site to use HTTPS.

Making this switch has one unfortunate complication. People using ancient browsers — say IE6 or Safari 5 — that don’t support modern encryption protocols will no longer be able to read this site. There’s nothing I can do about this. I encourage readers using unsupported browsers to update their browsers or switch to one that supports the latest encryption and security protocols.


2017 Contact Form

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Updated January 1, 2017

If you would like to contact Bruce Gerencser, please use the following form. If your email warrants a response I will respond as soon as possible. Due to persistent health problems, I cannot guarantee a timely response. Sometimes,I am three or four weeks behind on responding to email. My delay doesn’t mean I don’t care. It does mean I can only do what I can do. I hope you understand.

If you are an Evangelical Christian who has a pathological need to evangelize, please read Dear Evangelical before sending me an email. I reserve the right to make your message and name public. This blog is read by thousands of people, so keep that in mind when you email me whatever it is you think “God” has laid upon your heart. Do you really want your ignorance put on display for thousands of people to see?

Please do not send me unsolicited medical advice. I am under the care of competent physicians and I am satisfied with their care.

I promise to treat all correspondence with you as confidential (with the one exception mentioned above).

You can also contact me on Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

2017 Comment Policy


Updated January 1, 2017

All commenters are expected to use a functioning email address. The use of a fake or non-functioning email address will result in your comment being deleted.

Pseudonyms are permitted.

All first-time comments and comments with more than one HTML link are moderated.

Before commenting, please read the ABOUT page to acquaint yourself with my background. You might also want to read the Dear Evangelical page.

The following type of comments will not be approved:

  • Preachy/sermonizing comment
  • Bible verse-quoting comment
  • Evangelizing comment
  • I am praying for you comment
  • You are going to hell comment
  • You never were saved comment
  • You never were a Christian comment
  • Any comment that is a personal attack
  • Any comment that is not on point with what the post is about
  • Any comment that denigrates abuse victims

I write about issues that might not be child-friendly. Please be aware of this. I also use profanity from time to time, and I allow the use of profanity in the comment section.

The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser is not a democracy where visitors have a right to say whatever they want. This is my personal blog and I reserve the right to approve or disapprove any comment. When a comment or a commenter is abusive towards the community of people who read this blog, I reserve the right to ban the commenter.

If you can be respectful, decent, and thoughtful, your comment will always be approved. Unfortunately, there are many people — Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians in particular — who have a hard time playing well with others. Using a passive-aggressive approach in the comment section will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.

This blog is also not a place for hardcore atheists to preach the gospel of atheism. While I am an atheist, some of the people who read this blog are not. Frank, honest, open, and passionate discussion about religion, Christianity, and Evangelicalism is encouraged and welcome. However, I do expect atheists not to attack, badger, or denigrate people who still believe in God. If you are respectful, decent, and thoughtful, you will be fine.

Generally, I will post one comment from a preachy, Bible-quoting, evangelizing Evangelical. If this describes you, please make sure you say all you need to say in your comment. No further comments will be approved.

My writing is direct and pointed, and so is my response to comments. Please do not confuse my directness and pointedness with me attacking you or your religion. This is a grown-up blog, so cries that I offended you or “attacked” your religion will fall on deaf ears.

If you can play by these rules, I hope you will become a part of our community and join the discussion.

If you have further questions about the commenting policy, please use the contact form below to email  Bruce.

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Thank You and A Personal Note


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I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported me in 2016. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server, software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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PayPal donations (monthly and one-time) through December 16, 2016

  • No Longer Quivering
  • Katherine
  • Sonya
  • Milan
  • Elaine
  • Roberta
  • Geoff
  • Kat
  • Lois
  • Roy
  • Ian
  • Kristine
  • Gene
  • Shaun
  • Thomas
  • Angela


Patreon Monthly Donations 2016

  • Jackie
  • Cat
  • Brian
  • Carolyn
  • Karen
  • Marja
  • Stephen
  • August
  • Kerri

Here is how the income and expenses break down for 2016:

  • Total 2016 Paypal/Patreon Contributions and Amazon income through December 16, 2016: $1,068.52
  • Total site expenses: $1,119.41
  • Net income: $49.11

If you would like to make a donation via PayPal, please go here. If you would like to become a monthly supporter via Patreon, please go here. You can also support this site by buying books through our Amazon Bookstore.

Personal Note

I am hesitant to talk about my personal financial situation, but in fairness to everyone I need to do so. I have never been one to beg and plead for money, threatening to commit blog suicide. I find such appeals distasteful and I would rather stop blogging than attempt to guilt people into making donations. That said, after five years of maximum out-of-pocket medical expenses and nominal wage increases for Polly, we find ourselves behind the proverbial financial eight-ball. I have several things in the works that I hope will generate income for me personally, but these business ventures will take time (and money) to get up and running. It remains to be seen if these ventures will be profitable. As of today, we are current on all of our bills, but I am not sure they will remain this way for very long. I am doing what I can, but I am increasingly worried about our future financial state.

In my preaching days, I would ask people to pray. Prayer is no longer an option — not that it ever paid a bill — so all I can do is let people know that we have a need. If you are inclined to help, I appreciate it. If not, that’s okay too. Regardless, I will continue to do what I can to provide quality writing for those interested in what I have to say.

I appreciate your love and support. My life has been immeasurably blessed by the people (many who are now friends) I’ve met through this blog. I hope that you have found, in some small way, my writing to be helpful.

If I can ever be of help, please let me know.  You can contact me via the contact page.

Your Fellow Voice of Reason,



Mental Health Break


I am on a week-long mental health break. You can expect to see new posts from me starting next Monday. Until then, I plan to publish several guest posts along with new episodes of the Sounds of Fundamentalism series, Songs of Sacrilege series, and the On the Road Looking for God’s True Church series. I will also be publishing archival posts that have recently been recently re-edited by my editor, Grammar Grandma.

I am also taking a weeklong break from social media. I will post all of the aforementioned posts to social media, but I will not be available to answer comments/questions or argue with Christian Fundamentalists.  Roy, Michael, Suzanne, and Carolyn will have their watchful eyes on my Facebook page. I will post any breaking news reports about clergy sexual misconduct. Sadly, the clergy abuse monster never sleeps.

Thank you for your love, kindness, and support. I’ll “see” you in a week.


Added PRINT Post Function


Have you ever wanted to print one of my posts and mail it to all the Independent Baptist preachers in your town? Well, now you can. I have added a PRINT post function (using the Print Post and Page Plugin) which is located at the bottom left of each page (before the mailing list signup form). This functions strips the HTML from the page and formats it so it can be easily printed. Due to the vast number of browsers and printers, I can’t guarantee that this new function will work with every browser/printer combination.  I tested this function with Firefox 47.0.1 and a Brother DCP-7065DN Laser Printer. The text and graphics printed correctly. I am quite impressed with this plugin’s functionality and I think you will be too.

iOS and Android smartphones and tablets handle printing differently, so this plugin will not work on these devices. Most iOS and Android devices/browsers have a built-in printing function and there are apps that can be used to handle page printing.

Let me know what you think.

By the Numbers — January 1, 2016 Thru June 30, 2016


I love statistics and I know some of you do too. I use Clicky Web Analytics (Premium)  to provide metrics by which I can judge the reach and effectiveness of this site. My objective is to get my writing in front of as many people as I possibly can. These statistics reflect the period from January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

Some statistical categories may be under-reported due to the fact that I do not use post excerpts. This means visitors to the front page of this site can read eight posts and it only counts as one page view. Mailing list subscribers and users of RSS feed readers receive the complete text of all posts written on a particular day. Many sites use post excerpts, forcing readers to come to the site to read the entire post. I want to make it as easy as possible for people to read my writing even if it reduces several statistical categories. It is for this reason, I do not use post excerpts.

Social Media (all numbers as of today)

  • Facebook Likes-375 (+77 from January 1, 2016)
  • 47% Female, 50% Male
  • Ages 18-34-17%, Ages 35-64-68%, Ages 65+-8%
  • Facebook Post Reach-43,703
  • Facebook Post Engagement- 5,860
  • Twitter Followers-1,658 (+161 from April 7,2016)
  • 75% Male, 25% Female

Visitors and Page Views

  • Visitors-177,689
  • Page Views-389,204

Mailing List and RSS Subscribers

  • Mailing List Subscribers-379
  • RSS Feed Subscribers-400 (Approximate)


  • Secure Search-57,772 (90.4% of searches)
  • Other Searches-5,700

Top Twenty Searches

  • Bruce Gerencser
  • Jack Schaap
  • Bruce Gerenscer
  • The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser
  • Steve Anderson Pastor
  • John 3:16
  • From Evangelicalism to Atheism
  • Donna Rice
  • God is Love
  • Jack Hyles
  • Jack Schaap Divorce
  • Jeremiah Johnson Prophet Donald Trump
  • Bruce Gerenser
  • David Hyles
  • Pastor Steven Anderson
  • Steven Anderson
  • Cindy Schaap
  • I Hate Jesus
  • Faithful Word Baptist Church

Top Twenty Referrers

Top Twenty Pages

Total Site Statistics (December 2014 through July 7, 2016)

  • 1,225 posts

Security (December 2014 through July 7, 2016)

  • 122,206 Spam Comments
  • 793,655 Blocked Malicious Login Attempts


  • 55% mobile users (iOS, Android smartphones, tablets)
  • 8% Mac
  • 17% Windows 7
  • 10% Windows 10
  • 8% Windows Other
  • 2% Linux

Thank You


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I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported this site. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server space (Flywheel WordPress managed service), software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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PayPal donations (monthly and one-time) from March 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

  • No Longer Quivering
  • Thomas
  • Shaun
  • Gene
  • Elaine
  • Ian
  • Angela


Patreon Monthly Donations as of June 30, 2016

  • Jackie
  • Cat
  • Brian
  • Carolyn
  • Karen
  • Marja
  • Steven
  • August

If you would like to make a donation via PayPal, please go here. If you would like to become a monthly supporter via Patreon, please go here. You can also support this site by buying books through our Amazon Bookstore.

If I can ever be of help, please let me know.  You can email me via the contact page.

Your Fellow Voice of Reason,



Dear Angela Tollersons, I am On to You!


I recently received the following email from a woman calling herself Angela Tollersons:


First, thank you for all you do to spread God’s love and wisdom!

My faith has always been an important part of every aspect of my life. As a child, I learned the importance of treating classmates the way I wanted to be treated. In my career, I strived never to judge, and to be patient and accepting (even when it was difficult). And now, my husband and I strive to be good Christians and set a strong foundation for our children.

I’m on a personal mission today to spread God’s word and share information on the wonderful ways He shows His love for us. I hope you’ll share the articles that follow with your readers (perhaps here: — I believe they will find them inspiring and helpful!

(Links removed)

How to Have Confidence in Prayer

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

God Bless The Christian Nurse

Making Career Decisions Within God’s Will for Your Life

Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities Within the Church

Have a blessed day!

Warm regards,

Angela Tollersons ǀ
500 Westover Dr. #9372 ǀ Sanford, NC ǀ 27330

P.S. Please email me if you don’t want me to contact you again.

According to Tollersons website, she is a:

 49-year-old, full-time mom. I live in North Carolina with my husband and James, our youngest son. We live in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and I couldn’t be happier with our lives. I have owned a successful business and spoken for the advancement of families’ health rights. I volunteer regularly for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the Parents Helping Parents program, and I frequently blog about health and wellness. I blog specifically about nutrition, physical fitness, mental health, and just how rewarding life can be when all of those factors are in balance! I truly believe that every child, parent and family are special. And my family, like yours, is unique in its own way. James was diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic child at the age of six. As parents, our first concerns were James’ future and well-being. And then I realized, don’t all parents have these fears, no matter who their child is? Don’t we all worry that there is more that we can be doing to make our children the happiest people they can possibly be? Of course we do! My husband and I wanted caring, concerned parents like us to always have a place they could go for information, ideas and inspiration. That was our motivation for creating I hope this site proves to be a place of hope and opportunity for you and your family.

Tollersons website says she lives in North Carolina, but she was in California when she accessed this site. I found it interesting that she went directly to the contact page, a sure sign that someone is using a spambot.

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This got me to thinking…

Tollersons listed her address in the aforementioned email — 500 Westover Dr. #9372,  Sanford, NC  27330. I typed this address into a Google search box, hit ENTER, and low and behold, here’s what I found associated with this address:

  • Caroline Hampton (link removed to suspected malware) at providing a list of science-based lesson plans.
  • Angela Tollersons, using a different email address, and giving advice about winter safety.
  • Caroline Hampton giving advice about internet safety. More internet safety tips here, using a different email address.
  • Stacy, who describes herself as “a cheerleader for math (and, really, education as a whole) for as long as I can remember (in fact – that’s ultimately why I started my own site!). Over the last several years, I’ve tutored 100s of students to make math more attainable and fun.”  Stacy uses for her email address. Stacy Maxton owns
  • Angela Tollersons, using a different email address, giving living advice to seniors. Tollersons gives more senior advice here.
  • Stacy providing a list of links to help students with their scholarship needs.

I also found  several guest posts written by Angela Tollersons and Stacy Maxton: Bereavement Support, Four Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One, Swimming Safety for Kids with Autism, List of Senior health links for The Geranium Farm, How To Make A Holiday Road Trip Fun For A Child With Special Needs, Seven Important Winter Swimming Safety Tips, How to Avoid Costly Home Repairs, Let’s Bring Learning to Life at Home and in the Classroom

All of these articles have been published in the last six months.

At least one other person has caught on to Angela Tollersons/Caroline Hampton/Stacy Maxton. After Stacy Maxton posted a list of links on the Creek Don’t Rise forum, the site owner replied:

Whoever you are (because there is no Stacy Maxton in North Carolina),

I DO have suggestions for your site, but this is a family web page so I can’t share them. Please use your imagination. I also notice that does not exist, really, except as a lame and unethical attempt to capitalize oh the good name of a legitimate organization ( I am not even interested in what kind of scam you are trying to perpetrate by pretending to be a math nut so enamored of telecommunications topics that you spam web owners with this bizarre tale. Of course, you’re not doing this yourself at all – you’re robospamming. If you had even GLANCED at my web article you claim to have read, you would have known it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with telecommunications, or math, or education. Ironically, I have several web articles that mention telecommunications and education topics, but if you think I’m going to point you to those, you have another “think” coming.

So you lie about who you are and what you do, even to the point of setting up a fake web site. Amateurish throughout. What you need is someone to coach you in the fine art of internet scamming. And I know of no one better equipped than the Exiled Nigerian Prince, an international fugit- er, adventurer who has been enjoying life roaming around the Caribbean for the last several months. He is currently on a cruise ship with limited access to the internet, but I’m sure he would be willing to help you “up your game” for a fee of, say, $500. Due to banking regulations in his current location, the only way he can receive that fee is through direct deposit. So if you want to be coached by the best in the business, please go to the Exiled Nigerian Prince’s contact page ( ) and enter the requested information about your bank account. As soon as you do that and the Exiled Nigerian Prince gets back online, I can guarantee that he will teach you things about internet scamming that you never even imagined!

Based on Google Earth satellite imagery, here is a picture of where Tollersons/Hampton/Maxton lives or uses as a base of operation.

500 westover drive sanford north Carolina

500 Westover Drive, Sanford, North Carolina

Here is supposedly a picture of the well-preserved 49-year-old Tollersons. I have no way of knowing whether this is an actual picture of Tollersons. This is a picture she provided to one of the websites featuring her prose.

Angela Tollersons

Angela Tollersons

Tollersons, or whoever she might be, likely contacted numerous websites hoping to write a guest post for them. Numerous sites, without checking her out, posted Tollersons’ articles. Shame on these sites for not vetting Tollersons before publishing her articles.

Notes: gives 2003 as a copyright date. According to a Whois search, the domain was registered in 2013. (It could have been registered earlier under a different owner’s name.)

Thank You


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I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported this site. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server, software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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PayPal donations (monthly and one-time) from December 20, 2015 through March 8, 2016

  • No Longer Quivering
  • Katherine
  • Sonya
  • Milan
  • Elaine
  • Roberta
  • Geoff


Patreon Monthly Donations as of March 8, 2016

  • Jackie
  • Cat
  • Brian
  • Carolyn
  • Karen
  • Marja

If you would like to make a donation via PayPal, please go here. If you would like to become a monthly supporter via Patreon, please go here. You can also support this site by buying books through our Amazon Bookstore.

If I can ever be of help, please let me know.  You can contact me via the contact page.

Your Fellow Voice of Reason,