What Do the Words Mean?

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My little Sally thinks quite a bit of herself. "I'm the smartest person ever," she'll tell me. And she'll tell others, too. I tell you this as a prelude to a conversation I had with one of my teenage sisters. Me: "There's one thing I haven't figured out how to teach Sally yet, and that's modesty."Her: "I know, earlier she was sitting on that bench over there, and her legs were all sprawled out!"Me: "Um . . . no. Actually, I meant modesty as in not being full of yourself." I've been out … [Read more...]

Kings, Queens, Spheres, and Kingdoms

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I remember being over at a friend's house when her dad called to say he was on his way home. My friend's mom immediately went into motion: "The king is coming, the king is coming! Quick guys, clean up, make everything ready, the king is coming!" I also have memories of my mother saying that my father was the king, but she was the queen. Even Debi Pearl herself has used the king/queen husband/wife motif inCreated To Be His Help Meet.But a recent commenter drew attention to something … [Read more...]

The Harlot v. the Godly Woman

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I just ran upon this image on facebook. It is from the website Dan's Pulpit, and compares the "Harlot" to the "Godly Woman." Have a look:I was going to get all in depth examining all of the implications and issues involved here, but then I found myself short on time and thought instead I'd hand it over to you all to dissect. So, what do you think? What all is going on with this sort of contrast? If you spent time as an evangelical or fundamentalist, how have you seen this contrast … [Read more...]

Brainwashed Shock Troops

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Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and probably the most visible Christian homeschool leader, is fond of calling his generation the Moses Generation and my generation the Joshua Generation. Christian homeschooling parents, he says, removed their children from the perils of Egypt (aka the public school system) and educated them in the wilderness (aka homeschooling them) in order to send them forth to conquer Canaan (aka take America back for Christ). This really … [Read more...]

A Survey for Those Raised in Religious Homes!

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I've written before about the serious methodological problems besetting essentially every study of homeschooling. Well, it's about to move way beyond that. Brian Ray, founder the agenda-ridden National Home Education Research Institute, is now expanding his repertoire with a study of all young adults who grew up in religious homes. Here's how he describes the survey (which you can take here): This is a survey of those between the ages of 18-38 years old that grew up in religious homes. Our goal … [Read more...]

God, Humanity, Depravity, and Self Esteem

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The conservative evangelicalism in which I grew up requires that in order for people to be saved, they must admit that they are in and of themselves utterly lost and sinful and deserving of eternal torture. Within this conception, it's not surprising that the idea of "self esteem" should be suspect. I recently came upon a blog post by a conservative evangelical blogger arguing just that.God has created each individual to be exactly what he or she is: a marvelously-crafted bearer of … [Read more...]

Bearing Babies for God

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I was struck by a recent article in the conservative evangelical magazine Boundless. It was called Why Have Babies? What struck me were the reasons the author gave, and must how much these reasons undergird so much of what I saw growing up in a Christian homeschool family.Good Reasons to Have Babies The world says babies are expensive, that they diminish your happiness, and that they limit your spontaneity. They are, they do, and they will — just like a whole host of other things (some wor … [Read more...]


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