Three Months after I left the church I met Jeff Leonard. That encounter has led to a long-term friendship, family relationships, and a lot of anger and hate. Meet Jeff Leonard, the angriest, most hateful (inclusive) dude I have ever met.
This episode, Laci tells us what it was like when her mom, left her dad, for another woman, having two Christmases, and two moms.
Laci has been through it all. Growing up in Oklahoma, going through the divorce of her parents, her mom coming out, moving to Seattle, experiencing the cult system and hypocrisy of a mega-church, getting married, facing her own divorce, and coming out the other side...
Growing up in a conservative, Christian home, along side a profoundly mentally and physically disabled brother has given him a perspective on empathy, government, and capitalism that’s refreshing to hear.
Blake has an intimate knowledge of my life. He knew me when I was a youth pastor, in a sense we grew up together. Hearing his perspective on my life and the extreme turns away from religion I've taken are helpful and insightful...
Blake knew me when I was a Pastor, in fact, I was his Pastor. We spend time talking about growing up together, how our lives have changed, leaving Facebook, and more.
After listening to every episode of the podcast, Blake doesn't understand why so many Christians hate us, but life is hard, and we can't please everyone. The world is not the way we wish it were. Blake has gone through some things that many can not fathom. Growing up with a mentally challenged older brother, essentially he had a stroke at birth, which led to a seizure disorder, autism, and further brain damaged after surgery. He was physically and mentally disabled and considered medically fragile...
So I wrote this Facebook post about love and fear and two ladies read it. By no fault of their own, they read it from a different context than I intended. They both made comments, which at the time I deemed as incoherent because they were so far out of my frame of reference for the post that I arrogantly tossed them aside.
"We need to have each other's backs and realize that in doing so we're not taking anything away from ourselves."
- Lori Fazzino