Raised Evangelical: April’s Story

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A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is April. I'm 30 years old, college-educated, married to a former Christian, and the mother of a beautiful 3-year-old boy. I grew up in the Bible Belt, living mostly in Florida and Tennessee. My father was a pastor in the Assemblies of God for much of my childhood, and I rem … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Not the Stereotype

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A guest post by LinaI once shocked my Rhetoric for Writers class, in junior year of college, when I let slip that I was a homeschooled pastor’s kid. A guy sitting near me paid me what I considered the highest compliment: “Wow, I never would’ve guessed. You’re so…normal.”In many ways, I was. I was part of a homeschooling family, but not the stereotype: I wore shorts, my brothers all went to public high school, and I could hold a conversation just fine, thank you. When I went to college, I … [Read more...]

Point, Counterpoint: Talking about Gender Differences

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Conservatives insist that there are huge differences between the genders while feminists insist that inasmuch as gender differences exist, they are social constructs. Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, conservatives insist. Or are they?I recently stumbled upon an article by Suzanne Venker published on Fox News. The title? "To Be Happy, We Must Admit Men and Women Aren't Equal." Venker is on the "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" side. Let's look at her article and then turn … [Read more...]

Jonathan Last, Race Suicide, and Demographic Collapse

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Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff. Those are all just symptoms. What America really faces is a demographic cliff: The root cause of most of our problems is our declining fertility rate. Apparently my IUD is the cause of the fiscal cliff. Yay me.Can I say how much I hate articles like this? This particular one, by author Jonathan Last (whose new book, What To Expect When No One's Expecting, just came out), was published in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: I Hugged Dating Hello, Part III: Developing Emotional Intimacy

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A guest post by MollyPart III of An Open Letter to Joshua Harris “Before two people are ready for the responsibility of commitment, they should content themselves with friendship and wait on deep emotional intimacy. Exercising this patience will not handicap them relationally. In friendship, they can practice the skills of relating, caring, and sharing their lives with other people. In friendship, they can observe other people’s characters and begin to see what they’ll one day want in their … [Read more...]

Quick Hits: Doug Wilson on Women and Submission

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From time to time, Doug Wilson posts quotations from some of his many books. I want to share two of his recent ones.Here's the first: "A husband's authority over his wife and a wife's particular submission to her husband are a subset of this broader Christian duty for all believers to be filled with the Spirit and to be mutually submissive to one another" (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 24). I'm still trying to figure out how this statement even manes sense. How is the idea that a husband … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Else God Will Drive You Mad (Literally)

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 59-63Having threatened her readers with all manner of "cruel" consequences for not following God's marriage plan with its emphasis on wifely submission, and having urged her readers against thinking they can be "spiritual" or hear from God on their own, Debi follows up with a cautionary tale called "The Crazy Lady." Here is how it begins: I'll never forget something that happened several years ago. A middle-aged couple with several children moved into our … [Read more...]


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