May 5, 2011

Hallelujah! Our Trip to the Portland Pentecostals

by Joel Gunz

We dropped by the Portland Pentecostal church, just across I-205 from our fair city’s infamous felony flats. Part shouting match, part hoedown, part tent meeting, the worshipers were rolling their eyes and rolling in the aisles.

Check out my coverage of the mayhem at our blog. Then come back in a day or so to catch Amanda’s side of the story. Praise Jesus!

April 28, 2011

Oy Vey! The Reformed Jewish Synagogue and Our Search for Authenticity

by Joel Gunz

When Amanda and I dropped by Congregation Beth Israel, the local outpost of Reformed Judaism, I was a little put out. After all, it was Friday night, and this blog is all about Sunday.

Secondly, it was Friday night. Not exactly the time of week when I want to throw on a suit and go learn about some fictitious deity.  But I soldiered on. The things you do for love.

Funnily enough, both she and I were sideswiped by the intensity and authenticity of the experience. You can read all it about at our new blog site at

April 24, 2011

Peacefully Protesting the Jehovah’s Witnesses

by Joel Gunz

Our email box was chock full of responses–positive and negative–regarding our trip to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ annual Memorial of Christ’s Death last Sunday. In this post I explain why it’s good for former members of the religion to partake of the bread and wine. Read the it at our new site.

April 20, 2011

I Partook at the Memorial So You Don’t Have To

by Joel Gunz

Last Sunday, with Amanda riding shotgun, I entered a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall for the first time in about seven years. I ate a little, drank a little, and then was summarily dismissed from the premises. Oh, what a night!

Read all about it at our new blog on Amanda’s photo of me drinkin’ sweet berry wine is one for the scrapbook.