More Real World Damage of the Purity Culture

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The purity culture urges young people to marry not based on lust or romantic feelings, but rather based on a checklist of characteristics needed in a godly spouse. Christian? Check. Correct doctrine? Check. Believes in biblical gender roles? Check. And so on. These ideas are not just abstract. They impact the decision-making of young people raised in the conservative evangelical subculture and create real world pain and damage.Back in December I gave you some examples of this. I posted an … [Read more...]

Tips for Avoiding Theological Arguments

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I sometimes get emails from readers asking for advice. In this post, I want to reprint an email I received yesterday, offer my thoughts, and ask for your input. Hello,I'm a freshman in college, about to come home for spring break. As a current atheist who was raised Catholic, I have a question about how to interact with family friends and church acquaintances.What should I say when they ask questions about (what they assume to be) my faith, like "Is your boyfriend/roommate/best … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Command Man Tames the Shrew

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 77-80You might want to start out by getting a glass of wine. You're going to need it. This week Debi tells us about the first of her three types of men, Command Men. A few men are born with more than their share of dominance and, on the surface, a deficit in gentleness. They often end up in positions that command other men. We will call them Command Men. They are born leaders. They are often chosen by other men to be military commanders, politicians, … [Read more...]

“You are worthy of nothing but disdain”

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There are not many jobs that require you to stand there and take it while you are yelled at and verbally abused, but being an Planned Parenthood escort is one of them. We are under strict orders not to engage with the protesters, and we don't. Sometimes, though, that can be really, really difficult.In those moments when there are no women entering the clinic, the protesters often turn their energies toward the escorts---and that means me. (For more on what it's like to be an escort, read … [Read more...]

Imaginary Worlds from Chronicles of Narnia to Doctor Who

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When I was little, I absolutely loved the Chronicles of Narnia. My dad read the series aloud to us kids several times, and once I learned to read I read them through additional times myself. I memorized the stories and acted them out with my siblings. I always played Susan, of course.Sometimes we would go to Narnia through the pools, just like in Magician's Nephew. We made the yellow and green rings out of wire and beads, and used them to take that journey. We held onto them like they were … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Focus on the Family: Feminism is “the way of death”

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A Guest Post by Samantha[In this two-part series, Samantha offers her thoughts on a Focus on the Family radio interview with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian, authors of True Woman 101: Divine Design.]Yesterday I went over the first half of Jim Daly and John Fuller’s interview with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian over at Focus on the Family’s daily radio program. DeMoss and Kassian are promoting their new book, True Woman 101: Divine Design, an eight-week course in “biblical womanh … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Focus on the Family: “True strength . . . submits”

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A Guest Post by Samantha[In this two-part series, Samantha offers her thoughts on a Focus on the Family radio interview with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian, authors of True Woman 101: Divine Design.]Tuesday and Wednesday (March 5 and March 6), Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly and John Fuller hosted Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian on their daily radio show. DeMoss and Kassian are currently promoting their new eight-week Bible study: True Woman 101: Divine Design. The jacket mat … [Read more...]


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