Michael Pearl: What to Do If Your Wife Embarrasses You

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So I recently came upon this video:I transcribed it for you so you don't have to watch it. Debi: Hi, I'm Debi PearlMike: And I'm the big boss Mike.Debi: We're here to day to read a question that came in in our mail and to answer it. Oh goody, a letter! Are you ready? Hi Mike,I love my wife, but I find it hard to like her sometimes. Over the years she has gotten more and more competitive or at least I think of it as competitive. But this is an example of what she does. … [Read more...]

Missionary Tourism

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I went on a missions trip to a country in South America when I was 15. Most of our time was spent on things that can be best described as tourism. We went out to restaurants and tried new foods, drove through crowded city streets, went to tourist shops to buy souvenirs, and visited schools and villages. We spent very little time doing anything that resembled missionary work.I found this trip transforming---for one thing, it gave me a global perspective and reinforced just how wealthy we were … [Read more...]

That Time I Took Sean to an Answers in Genesis Conference

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When I was in college I began dating (we called it "courting") a young man who believed that God created the world through evolution. His name was Sean. I had been taught young earth creationism, and it would be hard to find a young earth creationist more ardent than I was. Sean and I spent a good deal of time arguing this point through. We both enjoyed debate and we were both passionate (Sean had been a young earth creationist himself before spending time in the creation/evolution wars … [Read more...]

The Limits of Forgiveness

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Several weeks ago I wrote a post touching on how evangelical teachings on forgiveness make things easy for sex offenders and hard for their victims. Generally, evangelicals believe that those who repent should be forgiven unconditionally, and that those who have been victimized need to forgive those who hurt them and avoid becoming "bitter." You can see how this might play out in the case of sexual abuse. But in the comment section, several readers pointed out the limits of evangelical … [Read more...]

So This Is Love

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I recently came upon an article on the Gospel Coalition. In the article, evangelical writer Josh Bishop adjusting to life with a transgender brother. Begin with love. A Christian response must be rooted in love (Galatians 5:14), and the first step is to affirm that love directly and unconditionally. My immediate response—even before the shock had worn off—was to fire off a quick e-mail: “Heard the news and wanted to let you know I love you.” Later, I told Jessah that whether she identified as a … [Read more...]

Just Who Is Teaching Respect?

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I grew up in a (very) large Christian homeschooling family where children were expected to be "respectful." Or so I thought. Mainly this meant saying "yes sir" and "yes ma'am" and obeying your parents, and now I'm shaking my head at how shallow this is and everything it misses.A few weeks ago my two youngest brothers, still in elementary school, shamed my mid-twenties next-in-age sister for getting a tattoo. They verbally berated her and heckled here and generally sought to humiliate her. My … [Read more...]

Rick Warren: Protecting LGBTQ Individuals Would “Come at the Expense of Faith Communities”

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Have you seen this? Obama is preparing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity. Rick Warren and other evangelical pastors have signed a letter asking Obama to offer a wide religious exemption in his executive order. We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need. Exactly how would … [Read more...]


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