Judaism 101: Sin and Forgiveness

Yom Kippur

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, much of my beliefs about God revolved around forgiveness. I believed that as humans, we were all sinners, and that sin demanded forgiveness and that forgiveness could only come from God through the death of his son, Jesus, on the cross. Without Jesus' death to atone for our sins, I believed, we could not be forgiven for a single one of them and would still bear their blackness---the consequences of which were death. Of course, I was always taught that … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Has Scientific Proof

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 221-222Debi starts this section with these reassurances: So, is a woman a second-class citizen of the kingdom? Is she to be a subdued, brow-beaten servant to the male species? Certainly not! What the Bible teaches will not put women back into the Stone Age, nor will it turn us into a bunch of Muslim-like women who stay covered in black, sweaty bourkhas. If you knew me (and by the time you finish reading this book, you will know me), you would know that I ma … [Read more...]

Judaism 101: The Messiah

Messiah

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I believed Jesus was the Jewish Messiah---I was taught that he fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophesies. I was also told that the Jewish people had missed the coming of their own Messiah. Even as a child, I always found this curious---how could they miss something so big and important? As I began to step outside of the world of evangelical Christianity and into a world of greater nuance, however, I knew that there was a part of the story I had never … [Read more...]

Sometimes Outward Appearances Lie

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Mary's story is one of the most horrific yet posted on Homeschoolers Anonymous. I say "one of" because there are others just as bad, and some worse. Growing up, Mary was starved, thrown outside for days at a time in the cold with no coat until she nearly froze to death, and deprived of sleep as a child until she could barely stand. And yet, all those years, no one who knew her family knew any of this was going on. As for my parents, I can assure you that they were not the “fringe” in hom … [Read more...]

Gentle Discipline and Shades of Formula Parenting

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There appears to be a growing trend in some Christian homeschooling circles away from corporal punishment. The term generally used instead is "gentle discipline," and it sounds in many ways quite similar to what I call "positive parenting." I hesitate to make the critique I'm about to make, because I truly am glad that these parents are deciding not to spank.The thing is, when I read blog posts by mothers into gentle discipline, I am sometimes afraid that they have simply exchanged one … [Read more...]

My Concerns about Unschooling

unschooling

I have a friend who unschools her two children, and is passionate about unschooling as an educational method. Here children are ten and eight now, and she's been unschooling them since her oldest hit kindergarten. She takes them to museums and art shows and cultural festivals, she takes them to living history parks and art classes and science programs, she takes them to planetarium shows and on county geological field trips and to the library. Their home is full of material that is … [Read more...]

Homeschool Relationships in the Purity Culture

A guest rant by KateThis is my experience: Dating is only if you want to get married, so don’t date in high school. Be careful when you talk to guys, because you might lead them on, so just be careful what you say and how you act. Making friends of the opposite sex is a useless endeavor anyway, since you will undoubetedly end up attracted to each other, and there is no point having a relationship in high school.But just say you try starting a friendship with someone, when you’ve been tol … [Read more...]


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