The impact of Jesus’ feminism has yet to be fully realized

The impact of Jesus’ feminism has yet to be fully realized. Even famous women receive an extraordinary amount of abuse.Women are attacked with sexual innuendo and threats of sexual violence online. Feminists who ask for basic respect and equality are belittled.If a woman calls out gender bias, she is likely to hear, “strident bitch with no sense of humor!” In our culture, an admirably strong woman is deemed “not a lady.” Being seen as nurturing is also seen as a political weakness, even b … [Read more...]

“This is what being raised in the southern Bible belt will do to you…If it is ok, I will share my head for the first time to anyone”

NOTE: If you come from an evangelical background and feel anguish you are not alone. Here's proof! I get 20-30 emails and FB messages a day from readers of my new book expressing anguish over their religious backgrounds. I answer all of them. I learn more from my readers than they learn from me. Here's one exchange I found very moving. (Printed here by permission, name changed.) Take hope. Sat, Aug 16, 2014 12:26 pmFrank: It is such a relief to get to share my head with someone. I am not … [Read more...]

Computers, Children and You

Tech companies are targeting children from birth. Long before children can encounter the silences and subtleties the world offers we are handing them to the tech gods by accepting the message that mediated reality is good for children. Industry opinion on the issue of exposing children to a media/tech "reality" should carry about the same weight as studies by the oil conglomerates “proving” that there’s no such thing as global warming.For now it’s up to parents and grandparents to do what is … [Read more...]

XII Commandment Last but Not Least…. (End)

XII: Never forget that one of the the greatest joys you can experience is to become a fully engaged grandparent.The second phase of  parenthood is to mitigate the inexperience of even the best well meaning parent your child may become.Don’t drop the grandparent ball! If you do you’ll have missed the single best chance for contentment this life offers.(Thus Endeth My Twelve Commandments)To book Frank Schaeffer to speak at your college, church or group contact him at Fra … [Read more...]

# XI Commandment… (God and All That For Your Kids)

XI: Never forget that passing on life literacy goes for passing on the hope only spirituality offers. So you have doubts! Big deal! Join the club! So you’ve moved on and “grew past” your grandparents’ “simple faith.” Let me tell you their faith wasn’t so simple!You’re still grateful for the sense of belonging you experienced in your childhood. You still remember being held in loving arms. Sincerity is an overrated virtue. Just because you’re not so sure about God anymore -- if you’re old enou … [Read more...]

# X Commandment… For the Children’s Sake

X: Never forget passing on what is good doesn’t happen by chance.Did your mother read out loud to you and encourage you to do  creative art projects by filling your house with books and art supplies and music?Pass it on!My mother and sisters read terrific books out loud to me. I passed that on -- thank God -- to my kids. Dad played classical music and I’ve played it for my children and grandchildren.We're not going to pass on what was good about our childhood to our children by ma … [Read more...]

# IX Commandment cont…

IX: Never forget you owe it to your child to squarely face your own particular generational curse.Some people have rude fathers or mothers with sharp snide tongues. Others have darkly depressed parents. Some have hovering neurotic parents, or a cold and distant father—whatever.Whatever it is that curses you  know this: You are going to pass on what you experienced and learned to despise when you grew up unless you make a huge effort not to.You have a choice. If there was something yo … [Read more...]

# VIII Commandment… continues

VIII: Never pass on your fears.Too many a “be careful!” comment or too many a “Don’t do that!” shout, when the worst case risk isn’t actually going to lead to death or serious injury results in a kid who is scared of the world.Don’t hover!There are far worse things than risking a couple of stitches or a broken wrist from “allowing” kids to really play in the real world.A kid who grows up feeling safer staring at a screen than wandering the neighborhood or climbing a tree is a depr … [Read more...]


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