When Protecting Scruples Comes Before Women’s Health

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Pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother can pose a bit of a problem problem for pro-lifers. Some, such as Live Action's Lila Rose (who by the way grew up in the same conservative Christian homeschool environment I did), solve this problem by simply denying that pregnancy ever threatens a woman's life ("Abortions are never medically necessary. Some doctors prescribe abortion as if it’s a treatment for a disease or a problem, but that’s not a solution a truly compassionate and just soc … [Read more...]

Vision Forum and “Historical Revisionism”

History of America

American history today isn't what it once was. There was a time when American history privileged the white, the wealthy, and the Christian, and ignored the stories of marginalized, the complexities of events like the American Revolution, and the genocide of the Native American population. This has changed, and universities today tell the stories of the marginalized and challenge traditional black and white patriotic narratives. Not everyone is happy with this, however. Are you and your children … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Can’t Read Genesis

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 118Debi starts this next section with a quick overview of what is required of a help meet: God tells us that we are to be help meets: We are to submit, obey, and even reverence our husbands. He also tells us WHY we are assigned the role of helper. Submit, obey, and reverence. No mincing words, that's for sure. So let's get into Debi's why. 1. We came forth from man's ribs and were created for him. We are a part of him. "For a man indeed ought not to cover … [Read more...]

Dear Little Girl: Jesus Doesn’t Want Your Sex Life

Virginity

This little girl is pledging her sex life to Jesus:The O2 Experience is an organization that goes around the country giving talks on "Life, Death, Sex, and Romance"---which of course is code for "how to avoid both hell and sex before marriage." On their webpage they describe their conferences as "an opportunity for young people to hear the life-changing message of the gospel and understand God's plan for their sex lives." From a reading of the group's webpage, it looks like you take sex and … [Read more...]

Manly Modesty?

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Every time I write about modesty, people comment pointing out that there's a double standard---modesty is about girls dressing a certain way so that guys won't be turned on by women's bodies, and the idea that girls might be turned on by guys is generally left out of the picture completely. In this light, I found a recent article on the Christian Post interesting. Near the end of my pastoral tenure a shift happened I had never experienced in 20 years of ministry. After a sermon in which I … [Read more...]

How I Used To Dress (with Illustrations)

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I recently looked through some old photo albums from my teenage years. Oh, the memories that brought back. Clothing in the conservative Christian homeschooling subculture, especially the quiverfull variety, is quite the topic. I want to use some pictures to illustrate some points here, but I blog under a pseudonym so I really can't use my own pictures, and I don't want to violate some random person's privacy by dipping into google images. So instead I'm going to use some pictures of the Duggars … [Read more...]

In Which Sally Grasps Contraception

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"Mommy, what's this?"In her hand Sally held a condom, still in its wrapper. Sean had cleaned out his desk earlier in the day, and it had somehow ended up on the floor, a leftover from last summer between when Bobby was born and when I had my IUD put in. I could have just brushed the question off with a non-answer---Sally's only in preschool, by the way---but I decided against that. Instead, I pulled out my copy of Our Bodies Ourselves and showed Sally diagrams of the female reproductive … [Read more...]


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