Missionary Tourism

I went on a missions trip to a country in South America when I was 15. Most of our time was spent on things that can be best described as tourism. We went out to restaurants and tried new foods, we drove through a city in the back of a pickup truck, we went to tourist shops to buy souvenirs, we visited schools and villages. We spent very little time doing anything that resembled missionary work. I found this trip transforming—for one thing, it gave me a global perspective and reinforced just how wealthy we were in the United States. Read more

That Time I Took Sean to an Answers in Genesis Conference

When I was in college I began dating (we called it “courting”) a young man who believed that God created the world through evolution. His name was Sean. I had been taught young earth creationism, and it would be hard to find a young earth creationist more ardent than I was. Sean and I spent a good deal of time arguing this point through. We both enjoyed debate and we were both passionate (Sean had been a young earth creationist himself before spending time in the creation/evolution wars online). Read more

Corporations Don’t Have Emotions

Guest post by Rachel Lazerus. I am incensed and angry and despairing and passionate and tired and enraged and prayerful and all of these emotions are things I am experiencing simultaneously. And none of these emotions are things a corporation can have. Because while corporations may have the legal fiction of ‘persons’, they are not humans, and do not have human rights. Read more

The Limits of Forgiveness

I was taught that women who had premarital sex could be forgiven for their sin, and I’ve heard it taught in some circles that they could become “born again virgins.” However, I was also taught that having premarital sex will prove damaging to your marriage down the road, and it was very strongly implied that we should feel sorry for people who married non-virgins, because theirs is a tough road to walk. So while you could be forgiven for premarital sex, you would in some sense be forever tainted. Read more

Whose Job Is It to Educate?

This brings up a whole slough of important questions for any community such as this: What place do 101-level questions have in a forum where most people are discussing issues on a higher plane? How can we tell if questions that are phrased poorly or even offensively are good-faith questions or trolling in action? Is it our job to educate others, or others’ job to educate themselves? Read more

You Are Not Entitled to My Life

Ever since writing recently about what it means to be “involved” in their adult children’s romantic relationships, I’ve been bothered by a comment That Mom left in her own comment section condemning the “hands off” approach as damaging. Note that she’s not talking about young children. She’s talking about young adults. She argues that parents should be involved in every area of their young adult children’s lives from careers to marriages. Read more

Abortion Debates: Post #1

Welcome to the latest LJF regular feature! In the past, abortion debates have eaten threads and swallowed up the posts they’re attached to. This crowds out discussion that pertains to the specific post topic rather than abortion (or birth control) in general, and it also can result in long and unwieldy comment sections that are difficult to navigate. This new feature is designed as a solution to this problem. Read more

Strong-Willed Child: Siggie the Dachshund

By Victoria. So Dobson starts telling us about the number of pets his family has, and then he gets to Siggie the dog. If you’re familiar with Dobson at all, you’re probably somewhat aware of this story. Honestly, I can’t even do the math on this whole section. It is so utterly disturbing and disgusting. And this is at the beginning of the book. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind keep reading after he admits all this? Read more

CTNAHM: Obey vs. Submit

By Aletha. This chapter is called Obey, Indeed?, and there’s been some confusion-mostly due to Michael’s writing-about the difference between obeying and submitting. However, say what you will about Michael, he is decent at solving problems that he creates. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the stirring difference between obeying and submitting. Read more

CTBHHM: In Which Shannon Smashes Her Husband’s Computer

Frankly, I don’t see this issue as somehow more doctrinal than some of the other points Debi has covered. I suspect she simply felt the need to ask Michael to explain when women don’t have to obey, because doing so might be encroaching on his territory and she might take women’s “liberty” farther than it should extend. Then again, maybe I’m just imagining this—Debi has never really given women a break, so I don’t see why she would have started here. Still, I feel like her decision to pass this subject in particular off to Michael must be significant in some way. Read more