Counseling in the Hands of Emotionally Abusive Parents

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One summer home from college, my parents insisted that I meet with our pastor. I was questioning evangelicalism and exploring other Christian faith traditions, and my parents were very concerned about me. So they set up a meeting and sent me off. I could have refused, I suppose, but I was living with them and dependent on them for transportation, so I really wan't in a place to put up too much of a fuss. The meeting could have been a whole lot worse, and besides, it was just the one meeting. Mo … [Read more...]

How Not To Combat Sexual Abuse

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Next week Frontline Family Ministries is holding National Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers. You would think this would be something I would support, right? I've talked before about a culture of looking the other way in homeschooling communities, the way homeschooling can make detecting  abuse more difficult, and fundamentalist and evangelical beliefs that let offenders off the hook. Spending a week raising awareness and promoting prevention should be a good thing, … [Read more...]

Talking Back to God

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Rachel Held Evans recently wrote that she would have failed God's test of Abraham.It’s a test I’m certain I would have failed: Get your son. Get a knife. Slit his throat and set him on fire. I’d like to think that even if those demands thundered from the heavens in a voice that sounded like God’s, I’d have sooner been struck dead than obeyed them.  Regardless of one’s interpretation of this much-debated and reimagined text (which makes a bit more sense in its ancient Near Eastern context), … [Read more...]

Ken Ham Says Gender Must Be Taught, But Is Not a Social Construct

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Oh, Ken Ham. Today we'll look at a recent article of his titled "Boy, Girl, or 'Purple Penguin'?" In it he addresses gender and trans issues and is very insistent that gender must be taught---but that it is not a social construct.According to news reports (including on Fox News yesterday), a school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has recently given its teachers a handout to promote gender inclusiveness in their classrooms. This handout encourages teachers to stop referring to students as “gi … [Read more...]

There Is Usually More to the Story, Houston Edition

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If you're anything like me, your news feed exploded a couple of days ago with articles on right-wing news sites alleging that the oft foretold persecution of anti-gay Christians has begun in Houston. It seems the Mayor of Houston issued subpoenas for the sermons of five anti-gay pastors. Censorship! Persecution! The criminalization of anti-gay speech! Or was it? What exactly is going on here?The Houston City Council approved an anti-discrimination ordinance, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, la … [Read more...]

World Magazine’s Hypocrisy on Patriarchy and Child Abuse

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Growing up in an evangelical home, I read World Magazine regularly. Today, I'm honestly not sure World knows what direction it is headed. Over the past year or so, the publication has been simultaneously distancing itself from the patriarchy movement within Christian homeschooling and promoting that same movement, and simultaneously calling for the self-policing of child abuse in Christian communities and allying itself with organizations actively involved in child abuse coverups.This past Ap … [Read more...]

Pastors and Secretaries: Enemies of a Gothard Marriage

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I've been under a lot of stress lately and I'm really tired. But I try to put up a post each day to keep things active and maintain the community here, so today you get more from the Bill Gothard textbook I got my hands on. He's just so out there that blogging against his teachings is easier than many other topics, somehow. It's also familiar, in a way. So today you get to find out how pastors and secretaries can be enemies to good, godly marriages.Both of these passages are from the chapter … [Read more...]


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