God Says Yes, No, or Maybe Later?

Today, Young Mom wrote about how much more capable of caring for her children's sleeping trouble since she has stopped expecting God to step in and put them back to sleep. This made me think about my upbringing, and about my parents' approach to prayer, including with regards to issues of healing.My parents always prayed for healing when we were sick, and they believed that God could and did heal. However, they also gave us medicine. They didn't simply count on God to heal us. And thank … [Read more...]

Additional Update: Rethinking Vision Forum

Not to get repetitive, but I thought I'd take a moment to plug the Rethinking Vision Forum website again. Things to note:Rethinking Vision Forum has surpassed 10,000 page views. When you search for "Vision Forum" in google, Rethinking Vision Forum is now at the bottom of the first page. It is in the middle of the second page when you do the same on Yahoo or Bing. Rethinking Vision Forum now has twenty pages and forty-nine posts, with content neatly organized by means of a drop down … [Read more...]

Speaking Two Different Languages

On further reflection, I think I figured out why I was saddened by my class yesterday. For those of you who haven't read my previous post, here it is in a nutshell: when the professor asked a class of twenty-five undergraduates what evangelicalism was, the words that ended up on the board were ones like "extreme" and "pushy," not "Jesus," "the Bible," or "salvation."I understand the negative public image of evangelicals, who yes, are often quite pushy and judgmental (believe me, I know … [Read more...]

Attention Evangelicals: You Have A Problem

To everyone who claims the label "evangelical," I have something to tell you. You have a major public relations problem. I'm not sure what you're doing wrong, but it really does look like you're doing something wrong. Let me explain.When I grew up as an evangelical, I was taught that being an evangelical was about trusting Christ's sacrifice for salvation, about helping others have conversion experiences and pray the sinners prayer, about reading the Bible, about having a relationship with … [Read more...]

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

This story starts with a caterpillar.Just like other daughters of Christian Patriarchy / Quiverfull, I was born a caterpillar, surrounded by other caterpillars. We praised each other's identical coloring patterns and conformity. We stayed close to the ground and took pride in that. We looked up sometimes and saw butterflies flitting over our heads. We derided them for their gaudy colors and their selfishness for wanting to fly so high. We in contrast were content with the ground, for our … [Read more...]

Genesis, the Fall, and a Patriarchal God

Have you ever really stopped to ponder "the fall" as narrated in Genesis? I have. And it seems to me that the story is highly problematic, and actually shares a good bit in common with the beliefs and practices of Christian Patriarchy. Let me explain.It goes like this: Genesis 2:8-9 - The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for fo … [Read more...]

Biblical Women Part II

Vision Forum (a homeschool publisher and major Christian patriarchy advocate) teaches that daughters are to obey their fathers and accept their authority over them until they marry, and that they are then to do the same with their husbands. Vision Forum claims that God speaks to a woman through her male authority, and that her male authority is her protection. Similarly, Vision Forum teaches that a woman’s sphere is in the home, and not outside of it. And Vision Forum claims that these teachings … [Read more...]