It depends upon what the meaning of the word “know” is


This from Doug Phillips' original "Statement of resignation": There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance. I have confessed my sin to my wife and family, my local church, and the board of Vision Forum Ministries.  I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman. While we did not “know” each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate. This from Doug Phillips' recent "Clarification on Res … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Praying Women and “Spiritual Masturbation”

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 180---182So, Debi gets mail. Or rather, Michael does, but whatever, it made into Debi's book. Dear Mr. Pearl,I am a busy mother whose children go to a Christian school. I am realizing that without another close female in my life who could share house duties, it is harder on me than it should be. Do you by any chance have a husband? Because believe it or not, they can help out with things like housework and childcare. I know, right? It's crazy! I meet … [Read more...]

No Spanking Necessary

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I was nervous. Bobby is a year old now, and fast on his feet. He loves watching his sister Sally in her dance class. Usually we stay outside the room and watch through a long window, and I hold him up to see. But one day a semester, the parents are invited to sit in on the class to watch. Sally was excited to have us in the room. There was a slightly inset area that ran along one side of the room, with space for folding chairs and a bit of room around them. But how in the world was I to sit … [Read more...]

Private Charity v. Public Welfare


As a rule, I don't like it when people say "this video will make you cry." So when someone sent me this link with those words, I determined not to cry. It didn't work. But this video also got me thinking about politics and differing points of view, and how our beliefs influence how we perceive things like this.Here in the U.S., far too many people call what happened in this video enabling dependency or giving people something for nothing. A man who spends his life giving to every … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Butt-Kicking those Lazy Visionaries

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 80---82Last post, we read a letter from the wife of a Visionary. This Visionary didn't have a job, and the family was living off of charity and the government.  Michael told him to pony up and get a job, and then called him a double-dog jerk.  Today, we are still talking about lazy Visionaries. Nothing But the TRUTHNo able bodied man should be living off the generosity of friends, welfare, pa … [Read more...]

Vision Forum Ministries (but not Inc.) Shutters Its Doors

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That's right, they're closing operations. They referred to Doug Phillips "inappropriate relationship" as "serious sins," which says to me that there's more going on than we have seen yet. I'm wanting more clarity, but I think Vision Forum Ministries closing down means no more Hazardous Journeys and no more San Antonio film festival. But you know what it doesn't mean? What it doesn't mean is no more Vision Forum Inc. That part is still up and running, as you can see here.In fact, the blog is … [Read more...]

A Call for Action: Ratify the UN CRPD!


In two recent posts, guest contributor Rachel Lazerus has examined Michael Farris' recent testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In that testimony, and elsewhere across the web, Farris has argued against the U.S. ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In a sort of mission drift, Farris has been using his position as arguably the most prominent homeschool activist---he founded the powerful Home School Legal Defense Association---to expand … [Read more...]