IBLP Worksheet: 4-Year-Old Abuse Victim “Equally Guilty”

It's been a few weeks since Homeschoolers Anonymous posted a worksheet from Bill Gothard's Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) titled "Why Did God Let A Four Year Old Boy Be Molested By A Fifteen Year Old Neighbor?" I think I've been avoiding writing about it because it's really more of the same---it's been well established that neither Gothard nor IBLP understand the dynamics of abuse---and writing about this stuff gets draining after a time. But, here goes.The idea that everything h … [Read more...]


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Silence Does Not Communicate Inclusivity: On Lesbian Christian Teen Lizzie Lowe’s “Misplaced” Suicide

I recently came upon this headline: Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian. I immediately wondered---what does "misguided" mean? Many Christians believe that gay and lesbian identities and relationships are perverse, and I have a hard time imagining how a child with LGBT-inclusive Christian parents would not realize they would be accepting. I skimmed the article looking for answers, and finally came upon this bit, toward the end: Asked how th … [Read more...]


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Black Bloggers Respond to the Gospel Coalition

Over the past few days, I've read a variety of responses to Gaye Clark's Gospel Coalition article. I've also read a lot of discussion about her article. The main point comes down to this---by treating her daughter's interracial marriage as a struggle she had to face while stating adamantly that she is not and never has been racist, by treating her daughter's fiancé's blackness as something she had to overcome or stop seeing, and by suggesting that we shouldn't call Uncle Fred a racist because … [Read more...]


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The Gospel Coalition Acknowledges that Evangelicals Have a Problem with Interracial Marriage

An article posted on the Gospel Coalition website yesterday began as follows: For years I prayed for a young man I had yet to meet: my daughter’s husband. I asked the Lord to make him godly, kind, a great dad, and a good provider. I was proud of a wish list void of unrealistic expectations. After all, I knew not to ask for a college football quarterback who loved puppies, majored in nuclear rocket science, and wanted to take his expertise to the mission field. I was an open-minded mom.But Go … [Read more...]


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Hey Trump? Have you checked what your own religious book says about women speaking in public?

In his now-infamous response to Khizr Khan's moving speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Donald Trump said the following: "If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me." This was, of course, a reference to the repression of women in the Muslim world. And it is absolutely true that there are problems out there---take honor killings in Pakistan, for instance, or the ba … [Read more...]


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New Website Tackles Josh Harris’s “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” with Powerful Message

As a teen, Joshua Harris' 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, played a fundamental role in shaping my perception toward dating, love, and romance. Today, several of my blogger friends have launched a website, titled Life After 'I Kissed Dating Goodbye', to highlight the stories of others whose relationships and life trajectories were fundamentally altered by Josh's book. They are asking for submissions, including both posts on personal blogs, which they can link up, and original essays. If your l … [Read more...]


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Tim LaHaye Wrote More than Left Behind

Evangelical pastor and author Tim LaHaye died last week. While LaHaye is best known for his Left Behind series, which details the end times as described in Revelation, set in a fictionalized future, this was far from his only written publication. For example, there was his 1978 work, The Unhappy Gays: What Everyone Should Know about Homosexuality. Have a look:You can read a detailed summary of this book here. It's every bit as bad as it looks. But while some people are already … [Read more...]


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