CTBHHM: Don’t Sympathize with Your Husband

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 240---241In this passage we learn that being sympathetic is a bad thing. But we'll get to that in a moment. The Wife Does Make a DifferenceI once knew a young man who was well respected in the community, a strong leader both in his family and in the church. His young wife died and left him with several small children. In time, he married a very nice widow lady. By all appearances, they were happily married, but in a short time, the man began to … [Read more...]

Taken for a Lesbian Couple

"You two are adorable, and your children are beautiful," the nice-looking older woman told my friend Beth and I as she paused at our table. She then gave us a knowing smile and moved on."Did she think we were together, or did I imagine that?" Beth asked, turning to me."You definitely didn't imagine that," I replied with a bemused smile.Beth and I were at an outdoor concert that day, our collective four children in tow. We'd left our husbands at home to get some work done in peace, … [Read more...]

Debi Pearl Defends Bill Gothard

How did I miss this? Several weeks ago, Debi Pearl weighed in on the ongoing Bill Gothard scandal. And guess what? Reading her post has caused me to lose the last little bit of respect I had for her (which is really saying something).In their books and on their blog, Michael and Debi have generally taken a hard line on the sexual abuse of children. Given this, Debi's response to the Bill Gothard situation seem incredibly out of place. Debi should be out there with Recovering Grace and all … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Don’t Command Your Wife to Obey

By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 173---174We're in a new chapter, and I'm finding it really weird. The point of this chapter is that husbands aren't supposed to tell their wives to submit to them. Which, they shouldn't, but there seems to be the understanding that wives WILL submit. I'll let Michael explain. How Do I Get My Wife To Obey Me?In 1 Peter, we read the noted exhortation to women, "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your ow … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson and the “Gaylag Archipelago”

Tweet Doug Wilson

When a federal judge struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban last week, fellow blogger Kathryn Elizabeth tweeted the news at Christian pastor and author Douglas Wilson. Wilson is well known for his anti-gay views, and he and Kathryn Elizabeth have sparred over the issue before. Wilson's response won't be a surprise to anyone familiar with his work, but it illustrates a problem among religious opponents of LGBTQ rights.Yes, you read that right---Wilson is worried about being sent off to "Gaylag … [Read more...]

Crosspost: A Letter to Our Parents

By DarcyOriginally posted on Darcy's Heart StirringsDear Parents,I'm in several online groups consisting of thousands of the homeschool alumni of my generation, the "Joshua Generation", the products of the Christian homeschooling pioneers. And one major theme going on in our conversations right now is an overwhelming frustration that we cannot talk to our parents. We cannot be real with you. We want a relationship but don't know how to get past the mental and emotional walls you have … [Read more...]

The Numbers on the Scale

I was incredulous as I stared down at the number. My brother-in-law's scale must be broken, I concluded. There was no way I weighed more now than I did when I was nine months pregnant with my son. A week later I found myself on a scale again, curious. This time it was a scale at my parents' house. And there they were---the same numbers.I weigh more today than I did before giving birth to Bobby two years ago. I got rid of my scale several years ago. In fact, until last week I hadn't been o … [Read more...]


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