Chief Section Contributors and Editors
By• March 20, 2011
The Chief Section Contributors and Editors oversee different sections within the GodDiscussion.com site and have committed to contribute at least four articles a month in their area of interest. Understand that each editor/contributor is expressing his or her own view and does not necessarily endorse the views presented in other portions of the site.
Christianity – Pastor Kevin Benton.
Sometimes Christianity gets a bad rap in America, and Pastor Benton will share the positive side of the Christian faith and address issues of theology.
Kevin Benton attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA., the world’s largest Evangelical Christians School, founded by the late Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell. While at Liberty, he was a member of the basketball team that represented the first Christian School to ever play in the N.C.A.A. tournament against high school friend and former N.B.A. player, Rasheed Wallace and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Kevin Benton is a Minister, Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Recreational Director, Ex-professional basketball player and a Child Care Social Worker. He has played against some of the best players in the world including N.B.A. players Kobe Bryant, Yoa Ming, Aaron McKie, Rick Mahorn, Jerome Allen, Paul Graham and the list goes on. Kevin Benton is the C.E.O. and founder of Kevin Benton Ministries and is a very knowledgeable and anointed speaker, gifted to preach and teach the Word of God.
He is the author of the published book, “A Field Trip to Hell” and was invited multiple times as a guest on the Trinity Broadcasting Network for an interview on the "Praise the Lord" segment, which aired on T.V. In his book he tells of a real visitation to Hell experience that he encountered when he was in college which motivated him to write the book. He exposes the world to the 30 revealed torments of Hell firsthand, according to the Bible so that people might realize that Hell is a real place and to avoid it at all cost.
Mysticism and Indigenous Faiths; Ethnic Religions – Dakota O'Leary.
Faith takes on a variety of customs and beliefs. Whether it's Jainism, Wicca or the Cargo Cult, Dakota O'Leary takes a look at some of the religions and practices that many of us don't understand.
Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and is the editor of Indigenous Faiths and Faiths of Different Flavors.
Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
New Age and Spirituality – Sheri Lawson.
From the greater questions, such as "What is spirituality?" to metaphysics and "New Age" philosophy, Sheri Lawson delivers her unique insight and compassionate thought. Sheri is the author of The Spell of Religion and the Battle Over Gay Marriage.
Sheri’s journey into spirituality and metaphysics (the physics behind physics as her husband Steve calls it) was seeded first by her involvement for most of her early life in organized religion. As she longed for a deeper understanding of the pathway to God, one that taught more than the simple concept “Be good in this life and you will be rewarded in the next,” she was continually drawn back to the metaphysical world, a world untainted by the personal agendas of man through dogma.
She is also clairsentient (able to feel energy and spirits from the unseen world) and as a medium, always uses the disclaimer that speaking with departed souls rarely happens on demand. Connections such as these always have a purpose linked to the soul’s journey forward. Departed souls have been visiting Sheri since she was a teenager, but she didn't embrace this gift until her fifties when the purpose of their visits became clear.
As an energy and light-worker she has found the high vibration of crystals helps to access information usually hidden to the conscious mind. She is also in the process of becoming certified as a Multi Dimensional Healer™ a term coined by her spiritual teacher, Lori Camacho, someone Sheri calls an authentic and gifted healer on many levels.
The ability to understand our energy body as simply an extension of our physical form is key to our pathway out of pain and fear, and is what drives Sheri to teach what she knows. Her desire is to help awaken others to their unique and beautiful gifts.
Atheism, Agnosticism – Adam McConnell.
Atheists and agnostics are often the most misunderstood, discriminated people in America — and yet their numbers are growing.
Adam McConnell (also known as the Man of Earth) is a biologist by education and trade. Adam became involved in the culture war via YouTube in 2008 and runs a channel called Russell's Flying Pig dedicated to secular activism, anti-theism, pro-choice advocacy, and defense of science education.
Adam is co-host of the God Discussion show, offering his perspective to the news from a secular viewpoint.
Humanism and Psychology – Mriana Brinson.
Humanism is a study, philosophy, and/or practice that focuses on human values and concerns and can address psychological values underlying religion. It is nontheistic.
Mriana Brinson is the author of A Source of Misery which explores her journey from theism to Humanism, and the painful and abusive challenges that she overcame along the way. Mriana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and also studied and researched mythology and religion over the years. She has contributed a chapter to Dr. Marlene Winell's upcoming book relating to the steps of recovering from toxic religion. Winell is author of Leaving the Fold.
Perspectives, History and Symbolism – JohnThomas Didymus.
Belief systems are rich with history and symbolism, sometimes bizarre and sometimes profound. Understanding the myths and history of any type of faith puts it all in perspective.
Transmodernist writer and thinker "JohnThomas Didymus" is the author of "Confessions of God: The Gospel According to St. JohnThomas Didymus," a romping alternative history account of the gospel resurrection story with a touch of magical realism.
"Professor Didymus," as we call him for fun, holds a number of post-secondary degrees in the sciences and business. He chooses to use a pen name.
Religious Literature, Movies and Entertainment of Interest to Theists and Nontheists.
If the spiritual world is your passion and you're looking for a good book or movie to enjoy, check out Diane Yoder's recommendations.
Diane is a religion and literature scholar with a special interest in Puritanism in American history, indigenous faiths, and the various ways religion appears in movies and music. She holds a Master's degree in Literature and Theology, having studied under one of the foremost scholars in the field of theology and literature from the University of Glasgow.
Links — Books, Movies and Entertainment Section (multiple authors) | Diane's Feed
Editor-in-Chief, News Editor and Reporter, Technical – Deborah Beeksma.
Once upon a time, Deborah was a die-hard Republican, campaigning endlessly for Ronald Reagan while attending the University of Texas for her business education. Always fascinated with social issues and their intersection with religion and faith, she bounced around from church to church, even attending some New Agey groups where she would get folks mad because she refused to give herself an "angel name" and participating in Native American sweat lodges and vision quests. In the early 90s, she chronicled "the spiritual path" in a self-published cartoon book called The Fool's Journey which sold out. Deborah is fiercely independent in all things, whether faith, relationships or politics, and will champion causes that honor people's freedom and integrity. She is the host of the God Discussion show, chief reporter on God Discussion, and handles the technical issues associated with the site.
Want to join us?
We welcome articles from everyone, whether faith-based or nontheistic, conservative or liberal. We are looking for people who would like to head sections about:
If interested in being a Chief Section Contributor and Editor, please contact Deborah and we'll discuss revenue sharing and what's involved. If you'd like us to create a new section, just let us know. You'll need to commit to writing one article a week (4 articles a month) about your topic.