The Daughters’ Role; Or, Enough with the Blame Already!

I was thinking today about Doug Phillips' affair when something came to my mind that made me rather uncomfortable. It's fairly common in evangelical and fundamentalist circles to put at least some of the blame on a man's wife when he has an affair. After all, the logic goes, she clearly didn't keep him occupied and contented. But within Vision Forum circles, this has actually been taken a step further. A lot of men are leaving their wives for younger women because they yearn for attention from … [Read more...]


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It depends upon what the meaning of the word “know” is

This from Doug Phillips' original "Statement of resignation": There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance. I have confessed my sin to my wife and family, my local church, and the board of Vision Forum Ministries.  I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman. While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate. This from Doug Phillips' recent "Clarification on Res … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum Ministries (but not Inc.) Shutters Its Doors

That's right, they're closing operations. They referred to Doug Phillips "inappropriate relationship" as "serious sins," which says to me that there's more going on than we have seen yet. I'm wanting more clarity, but I think Vision Forum Ministries closing down means no more Hazardous Journeys and no more San Antonio film festival. But you know what it doesn't mean? What it doesn't mean is no more Vision Forum Inc. That part is still up and running, as you can see here.In fact, the blog is … [Read more...]


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Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 8: Courtship Is Not the Answer

A Guest Post by MelissaOriginally posted on Permission to LiveNote: I’m reposting Melissa’s series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa. For all the posts in this series, click here. Looking back, I like many things about our story. I love that we were very honest about our ne … [Read more...]


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Oh Yeah, That’s Totally Repentance

As I noted before, Doug Phillips very clearly only stated in his letter of repentance that he was resigning from Vision Forum Ministries, the nonprofit branch of the enterprise, and did not state that he was resigning from Vision Forum Inc., the commercial branch of the enterprise. As regular readers will know, Doug Phillips, a prominent leader in the Christian homeschooling movement who preached a return to biblical patriarchy and had gained a large following, is in the midst of a bit of a … [Read more...]


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How Doug Phillips Wreaked Havoc on My Family

My parents homeschooled me K-12, and during those years they fell under the influence of several Christian leaders who spread toxic dogma and find their following within the Christian homeschool movement. My parents never followed Gothard, but they did follow both Michael Pearl and Doug Phillips. I've talked a lot about how their devotion to Michael Pearl taught them to think that if they raised me "right" they could ensure that I stayed on the straight and narrow, copying my parents in my … [Read more...]


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“The Female Sin of the Internet”

The very first blogger to write about Vision Forum president Doug Phillips' statement of resignation and repentance (it seems he had conducted a lengthy affair) was Julie Anne of Spiritual Sounding Board. Julie Anne is a homeschooling mother of seven who spent years in a spiritually abusive fundamentalist church following the trends and theology of the most conservative circles of the Christian homeschooling movement. In 2012, for a variety of personal and family reasons, Julie Anne left and … [Read more...]


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