The Thaw, Evangelical Teens, and Persecution Complexes

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I recently came upon a video from Christian youth outreach group Reach America. In it, Christian students explain that they face persecution in their public high schools for their religious beliefs, and list examples of this persecution. They finish by calling for change, calling for other Christians to rise up and throw off the persecution and restore the (mostly imaginary) Christian American of the past.For those of you who don't have the time to watch the entire video---and it does … [Read more...]

Things Women Hear in the Church

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I ran across two different articles today, each of which would have probably seemed only more appalling to me if they weren't simply parroting things I heard growing up as a conservative evangelical.The first was called True Love Doesn't Wait, written by a married father of six. The basic premise? Church singles need to stop waiting for true love and just get married already. The author responds to a blog post made popular in the fury of Christian blogging on purity that followed a post on … [Read more...]

Did R. C. Sproul Jr. Incite Anti-Abortion Violence?

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Let me tell you a story of two seemingly unconnected events. Both took place in Bloomington, Indiana, in early April of this year. Event #1: The first event took place on April 5th on the campus of Indiana University. It was that evening that Clearnote Campus Fellowship, the student outreach arm of Clearnote Church, brought in R.C. Sproul Jr. as a guest speaker. Sproul Jr. is a popular conservative pastor and theologian. This same group, Clearnote Campus Fellowship, brought Douglas Wilson as a … [Read more...]

When a Gospel of Servanthood and Suffering Stands in the Way of Equality and Justice

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Transcription:Question: What if the wife is the victim of the husband's hostility?Answer: There is no "victim" if we understand that we are called to suffer for righteousness. "For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21 Christ was not a victim! He willingly gave His life for us. "By whose stripes you were healed . . . likewise you wives . . . " I Peter 2:24; 3:1 Christ's life teaches us h … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis: God Is Making People Gay Because of Abortion

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I just read an Answers in Genesis article whose argument is so simple and elegant I can't believe I hadn't heard it before. Namely, the article explains why it suddenly seems like there are gay people all over, when this wasn't the case in the past---and it does so by bringing together the perfect conservative bogeyman of gay marriage, abortion, and the removal of school prayer. I have to admit it---I was impressed by the ingenuity. Will God just turn a blind eye to this ongoing genocide? Has … [Read more...]

The Key to the Liquor Store

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One response to the stories of pain and abuse being aired at Homeschoolers Anonymous is that the problem isn't homeschooling, it's fundamentalism. Or, the problem isn't homeschooling, it's abusive parents. Homeschooling has nothing to do with it, they insist. Leave homeschooling out of it, they say. But I won't do that, and there's a reason for that.The sort of unregulated homeschooling that we have today, without any form of checks and balances, allows parents with abusive tenancies to a … [Read more...]

Saving Children from Africa: A Quiverfull Adoption Fad

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Remember that little Lydia Schatz, disciplined to death by her parents, was adopted from Liberia? Well, this wasn't an abnormality. It was actually kind of a thing in quiverfull homeschooling families. I knew this as a kid because I noticed the trend in quiverfull publication Above Rubies magazine, which my family began subscribing to sometime in the 1990s. Throughout the early and mid 2000s, this magazine was peppered with images of families like the one shown above, this one a photo of Above … [Read more...]


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