“Everybody Has a Past”

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I recently came upon an article by Boz Tchividijian about a church that hired a known sex offender as pastor three years ago. Surprise surprise, the man was just arrested for sexually abusing a fourteen-year-old boy. But as Boz went over the church's defense of their decision to hire the man, I was struck by one bit in particular: “Everybody has a past”: All too often scripture is distorted in order to justify the blind embracing of those who have sexually victimized children. Though the int … [Read more...]

Young Earth Creationism Isn’t Science

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Seven years ago, I left young earth creationism. Three years ago, I blogged about the reasons I left. What stunned me most, at the time, was just how unscientific creationist claims were. I felt conned. When I actually looked at the science, and not just by reading Answers in Genesis and other creationist literature, the entire thing just fell apart. The rock layers don't look like they were laid down by a global flood. There are transitional fossils between humans and our … [Read more...]

The Soul Is in the Sperm

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Now this is weird. I just came upon a video in which Michael Pearl answers questions about sin nature, the soul, sperm, and the artificial insemination of Mary.In case you're not interested in watching the video, here is a transcript: Jared:  If we are not born with a sinful nature, then why did Jesus need to be born from a virgin? Let's stop here for just a second. I was definitely taught that we are born with sinful natures. Growing up, I do remember my parents disagreeing with this … [Read more...]

Religious Tolerance and Christianity

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I recently came upon an old blog post by a Christian homeschooling father. In the post he described being at an Institute for Basic Life Life Principles (IBLP) conference in 2007. What I found really interesting was his description of a sermon he heard there about Islam---and religious tolerance. Bill Federer shared a powerful message on the history of Islam. We sat in rapt attention as he wove story after story together to give a startling but accurate assessment of Mohammed’s life and tea … [Read more...]

I Was in a College Cult

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I've been blogging for three years now, but there's an entire chapter of my life I've never really shared. When I was in college, I became part of a small close-knit group that veered in the direction of a cult. A friend and I clued in to what was happening and were able to shut the whole thing down before it went too far, but some rather frightening things happened in the meantime.Frankly, I haven't talked about what happened because it seems too weird. I wasn't sure even I had a framework … [Read more...]

Business as Usual for IBLP

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Oh dear. The Board of Directors for the Institute for Basic Life Principles, formerly run by Bill Gothard, has released a statement, and it's not good. In fact, they can't even bring themselves to admit what happened---and nor can Gothard himself. Dear Friends and Supporters,We are grateful for your prayers and patience as we have all walked through these difficult months. As Board members, each of us has been positively impacted by the relationships, teachings, and opportunities available … [Read more...]

“Modest Is Hottest” and Girls’ Self-Confidence

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By now, you've probably heard "modest is hottest" thrown around like a mantra. There are "modest is hottest" fashion shows and "modest is hottest" conferences for girls. It's about time I weighed in.Frankly, I'm conflicted. When I was a teen striving to dress modestly, I struggled with body image. I covered my body in baggy clothing. I felt unattractive, and that affected how I carried and viewed myself. So I like the idea that in many churches girls like I was are now being encouraged to … [Read more...]


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