Dispelling Some Duggar Rumors


The Stir has been coming out with some "interesting" reports on Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's wedding. According to writers for The Stir, Jessa and Ben's decision to have their first kiss in private was made in the moment, and wasn't something the Duggar parents knew of ahead of time (or were very happy with either), and also according to writers for The Stir, when Jinger went back to get Jessa at the conclusion of her private moment with Ben, the couple were caught in the middle having sex. … [Read more...]

What Kirk Cameron Doesn’t Know about Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald


I really can't let this go by without commenting on it. It seems Kirk Cameron took his daughters to Jessa Duggar's wedding because he wanted them to see the wedding of a couple that chose not to kiss until marriage---to serve as an example, of course. As a read through a news article that quoted Kirk Cameron explaining this, I found myself becoming both angry and frustrated. I don't understand how people so much older than I can be so clueless about relationships. It boggles the … [Read more...]

Don’t Try to Fix It—Pray!


I recently came upon this image: Text: When life doesn't fit, don't worry, be critical, or try to fix it. Instead, take your problem to Jesus and leave it there. It's one thing to pray in addition to actually doing things to fix a problem in your life, but praying instead of doing things to fix a problem in your life is something else altogether, and that seems to be what Max Lucado is promoting here.Of course, this idea that prayer alone can be sufficient to fix a pro … [Read more...]

The Courtship Mask


I recently posted excerpts from an article written by Shoshanna Pearl, which began like this: When I got married, I expected my husband to be that alpha male that my dad was; but he was not. We would be driving down the road and he would say, “Where do you want to eat?” I would smile and say, “Wherever you want to eat,” expecting him to quickly turn in to this or that place without hesitation. Instead, he would smile and say, “I don’t care. I want to take you where you want to go. Where would yo … [Read more...]

But What If Your Husband Tells You Not to Submit?


When I write about submission, especially in the context of Debi Pearl's book, Created To Be His Help Meet, commenters frequently ask what Debi would say to a woman whose husband told her not to submit. I think we have our answer, or at least as close as we're going to get to an answer. It's an article by Debi's daughter Shoshanna Easling. My Dad was not the type of guy to check with you before he made a decision. We would be driving down the road when all of a sudden he would pull in to a … [Read more...]

Why I Never Went Trick-or-Treating as a Child


Paul S. Taylor of Answers in Genesis is worried.While I would argue that Halloween has always been a dubious and anti-Christian festival, carefully observant parents have noticed that in recent years the godless nature of the event has increased and realize that even more caution is warranted. This problem has occurred hand-in-hand with the slide into godlessness generally associated with an evolutionary worldview, in which God is not central to our lives, and death and the occult are … [Read more...]

Closing the Fire Escape


A few weeks ago, I discussed a chapter from one of Gothard's IBLP seminar textbooks titled "How To Build the Spirit of a Marriage." Today I want to come back to that chapter to discuss something often called "closing the fire escape." Here Gothard is discussing things a wife can do that damage a marriage. When she lacks a grateful spiritAn ungrateful wife is a public rebuke to her husband. By her spirit she communicates the message, "My husband does not know how to make me happy." U … [Read more...]