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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Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 7: I Do

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.  We spent most of our time together at our family homes, so we also spent a lot of our time togeth … [Read more...]


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Which Vision Forum Did Doug Phillips Resign From?

On October 30, Doug Phillips resigned from Vision Forum Ministries. But Vision Forum actually has two arms: Vision Forum Ministries, a non-profit,  and Vision Forum Inc., a for-profit corporation. Here is what Phillips wrote specifically: With thanksgiving to God for His mercy and love, I have stepped down from the office of president at Vision Forum Ministries and have discontinued my speaking responsibilities. Doug Phillips very clearly and intentionally stated that he resigned from Vision Fo … [Read more...]


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