Let’s Talk about Common Core Math


I recently told my daughter Sally that if we didn't arrive at an event we were going to in time for a specific activity, we'd have to wait for two hours before it was scheduled again. She decided to figure out how many minutes that would be, and quickly realized that she needed to add 60 and 60. Now Sally is only six, and we were in the car without access to pencil and paper, but you know what? She worked out a shortcut and was able to find the answer. She took the zeros off and added 6 and … [Read more...]

My Evangelical Homeschool Mother Taught Me the Five Pillars of Islam


In the past few weeks, I've been following this story: BRISTOL, Tenn. — A Bristol group is staging a silent protest in front of Vance Middle School Friday morning for what they believe to be the teaching of Islam to seventh-grade students.“The protest will be a silent Christian protest with signs and a banner, we hope to have at least 100 people show up,” Emily Kausch, who’s planning to attend, wrote in an email to the Bristol Herald Courier.The organizer is parent Patty Kinkead, who s … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 34: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Presides over a Church Still Fighting to Keep Accused Sex Abusers from Going to Trial


Over the past week, I've seen a lot of lauding of Pope Francis' efforts to fight poverty, global climate change, and war. There is very little recognition that the Catholic church is involved in lobbying against laws that would extend the statute of limitations, allowing victims of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago to find justice. Statutes of limitations in some states are as little as two to three years, which has made it impossible to prosecute priests (and others) for past sexual abuse. … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Lingering Eyes Make Peter Forget All His Doctrine


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 123-126I'll be honest: I don't get this section. At all. It just doesn't fit.So, Gwen goes with Peter to his church, Valley Fourth Memorial Church. Gwen hadn't really known what to expect, but it surely wasn't what she found at Valley Fourth. One thousand people attended and everything was so informal. The singing was energetic. Translation: Valley Fourth Memorial Church was an evangelical megachurch like every other … [Read more...]

When “Pro-Life” Means “Anti-Birth Control”


Through a link on Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled Planned Parenthood Targeting Morning Center Patients! I suspected that Morning Center must be some sort of crisis pregnancy center, but I found myself morbidly curious about what the author of the article meant by "targeting," so I clicked through.  As many of our supporters and friends know, Morning Center provides a prenatal clinic at Warren Apartments in Memphis. Warren Apartments is a particularly stark picture of the h … [Read more...]

Jamie Wight, Maranatha, & Sexual Predation Unrecognized


In recent weeks, I have been writing posts about evangelical theologian Doug Wilson's troubling way of handling child molestors and abusers. And by "troubling way of handling," I mean that Wilson has a habit of writing to judges requesting leniency for men on trial for sexually abusing children. Wilson remains an influential evangelical theologian who is supported by such prominent evangelical theologians and organizations as John Piper and The Gospel Coalition, yet what recent weeks have r … [Read more...]