Recovering Grace provides a unique perspective in that it was founded and is operated by adults (and their spouses) who were raised as children in Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute

Here is something good a group of evangelicals are doing. You should know about a group call "Recovering Grace" and pass on the information. I'm including material from their site. Some of the essays published on this site are deeply moving stories of survival, recovery and hope-- after Bill Gothard ruined people's lives...Recovering Grace is an online organization devoted to helping people whose lives have been impacted by the teachings of Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life … [Read more...]

Why Do Right Wing Christian Families Think They “Own” Their Children?

"In the Iron Age mindset of the Bible writers, children are not individual persons who have their own thoughts, with corresponding rights. Rather, like livestock and slaves, they are possessions of the male head of household, and the biblical framework governing treatment of children is property laws, not individual rights laws."The term chattelrefers to moveable personal property, economic assets that are not real estate. In the Bible, children, like slaves and livestock, are chattel. Male … [Read more...]

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...]


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