Reader to Michael Pearl: My Husband Bought a Pipe

In a recent issue of their magazine, Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy printed a letter from a reader worried about her two-year-old son. This paragraph struck me: I can spank him for ten minutes and he is still screaming angrily at me to stop. Today my HAND has a broken blood vessel. I know you suggest a plumber’s pipe, but my husband bought one that was way too big so I hate to use it, and end up using my hand most of the time. Plumber's. Pipe. Let that sit with you for a moment. The u … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 128: 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...]


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Saturday Link Love: Opioids, Reversed Gaze, and Social Insurance

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye. on Mother Jones---"The scourge of addiction to painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl sweeping the country has produced a flood of bewildered children who, having lost their parents to drug use or overd … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Fifty Shades of Antisemitism

Voice in the Wind, pp. 228-235When I read this book back in high school, I thought it was about Marcus and Hadassah, and their intense and passionate romance. This time through, the book feels centered on Julia, a flawed but tragic figure. Perhaps this is because, reading the book through this time, I understand Julia as the victim of child marriage and abuse that she is. This adds depth to a character I had read as shallow. Perhaps, though, this is also because Marcus and Hadassah's romance … [Read more...]


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A Breadwinning Wife Loses Her Vulnerable, Submissive, Servant Spirit

In a recent issue of No Greater Joy, fundamentalist pastor and ministry leader Michael Pearl responded to a letter from a reader that read as follows: Recently, I have gone back to work full-time and my husband is at home with the kids and homeschooling them. My question is how can I still be a help meet in this situation? My husband is having health issues and thought it best for us to switch. He loves to cook and has been cooking. What are your thoughts on this situation? Michael's wife, … [Read more...]


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Creationist World Religion Conference Features No Experts in World Religion

Later this month, well-known creationist ministry Answers in Genesis is holding a week-long World Religions Conference.The conference page boasts twelve speakers, and advertises the event as follows: The number of people practicing religions other than Christianity grows every year in the United States. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and classmates. How do we reach these precious people with the good news of the gospel?Join us for the World Religions Conference to learn … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals and the “Problem” of Transgender Names

For an organization founded to promote creationism, Answers in Genesis' website has a surprising number of blog posts and articles that are about other cultural issues. In one, Pastor Corey Abney weighs whether evangelicals should address transgender individuals by their chosen names or by their given names. ...using a transgender person’s chosen name does not necessarily imply agreement with the transgender movement. Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peacea … [Read more...]


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