I Just Wanted Someone to Take Care of Me

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I remember feeling very sorry for my brothers as a child. They would have to grow up to work a job and support a family. They would have to be the one in front with the baseball bat if there was a home intrusion. They would have to make the big, scary decisions. Not me. I would be taken care of. I would stay at home and read books to my children, plant an herb garden and sew new dresses, read my Bible in the early morning and obey my husband. Unlike them, you see, I was a girl.I liked the … [Read more...]

Shorter Bill Gothard: Playing Footsie Isn’t Sexual!

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Yesterday Bill Gothard released a statement. Just as notable as what he refused to admit to is what he did admit to. Here is the relevant paragraph: This emphasis on outward appearance was also manifested by bringing selected young people to serve at the Headquarters and causing others to feel rejected and offended by my favoritism. My actions of holding of hands, hugs, and touching of feet or hair with young ladies crossed the boundaries of discretion and were wrong. They demonstrated a do … [Read more...]

Is That the Best You Can Do, WORLD?

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Preeminent evangelical WORLD magazine has now weighed in on the lawsuit against Phillips, and I have to say, their focus is sadly misplaced. Beyond the messiness for the families and the local church involved, the case also has implications for the broader church, and it’s likely to draw attention from those outside the church as it gains traction. Without a careful understanding of Christian teaching, a tragic situation could bring derision on Christianity more broadly.It’s certainly hap … [Read more...]

Michael Farris, Patriarchy, and Doug Phillips: An Expose

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The article I linked earlier quotes at length from Michael Farris's reaction to Doug Phillips downfall. I thought it was worth going over that section specifically, and placing it within the context of other things I have written about Michael Farris, HSLDA, and Patrick Henry College, both to clarify the issues here and to reveal the serious dishonesty of Farris's statements.I will begin by quoting the section, and will then respond. Homeschool movement and Christian ministryBefore … [Read more...]

Doug Phillips: The Rest of the Story

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I've known the identity of the woman Phillips had his "affair" with for months now, but I haven't felt comfortable sharing it because she I've felt that she deserves to have her identity protected if that's what she wants. She is now suing Phillips, and has made her identity public. Her name is Lourdes Torres, and she served for years as maid and nanny in the Phillips home. I remember seeing her in various Vision Forum literature, and she was one of the four young women featured in Vision … [Read more...]

My Sister, Joy—and Me

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Regular readers are often curious about my younger siblings. Half of my siblings have come of age and left the nest, and the other half of them are still at home. Those who are grown have chosen a variety of different paths. Sometimes I've pitched in and helped a sibling out with leaving or getting started on their own, but the process has generally been fairly smooth, both because my siblings have been given a solid academic foundation and because my parents have not been vindictive.But I … [Read more...]

Suffer Not a Woman to Teach (at Cedarville University)

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I participated in AWANA, a Bible club, from kindergarten through 12th grade. When I was in the high school group, there was a bit of a disagreement over who could serve as our lead teacher. You see, a woman wanted to lead the high school group. You know, a woman. There were Bible study books we would work through, it wasn't like she would be developing the materials or anything. But still, she was a woman. And therein lay the problem.Some of the leaders argued that it would be okay for her … [Read more...]


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