Christian Homeschool Girl. Teenage Exorcist.


So, I was initially sure this was satire. I grew up believing in demons and believing that people could be possessed by demons and that Christians could cast out demons, but I certainly didn't travel the world performing exorcisms. Guess what? It's not satire. A trio of Christian homeschoolers from Scottsdale, Arizona, have taken up an unusual extracurricular activity on top of their academic studies---they perform exorcisms! Brynne Larson, 17, Tess Scherkenback, 17, and SavannahScherkenback, … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Children Should Be Convenient


To Train Up a Child, pp. 5---7If I continue going through To Train Up A Child individual section by individual section, it will take me forever to get through it. Some sections are literally only two paragraphs long. So from here on out, I’ll be addressing several sections in each post, including their titles in the quotations. TRAINING NOT TO TOUCHThere is much satisfaction in training up a child. It is easy and challenging. When my children were able to crawl (in the case of one, r … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Political Reach of Gothard

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A Guest Post by Jeri LoftlandOriginally posted on Heresy in the HeartlandNote: Bill Gothard is the founder of the Institute for Basic Life Principles and the Advanced Training Institute and has been an influential figure in the Christian homeschooling world for decades. You can read the writings of those who were raised on his teachings and have since walked away from them at Recovering Grace. My parents were not hardcore Gothard followers, but I (Libby Anne) had friends who were heavily … [Read more...]

“Displayed in a Partially Unwrapped Condition”

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I recently came upon this from an article by Michael Pearl from a few years back: Most “Christian” young people are “damaged goods.” Church youth groups are hotbeds of immorality. And I am not limiting my evaluation just to those that have copulated. Would you buy a candy bar that had not been eaten, but the wrapper had been partially removed? What if it had not been handled, just displayed in a partially unwrapped condition? Would you buy the candy bar if it had not been eaten, but just licked? … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Trust the Homeschool Community to Self-Police


When I was a young teen I made some new friends, a couple of homeschooled girls like me, both right around my own age. They were the oldest in a large homeschooling family that in some ways was very much like mine own. In other ways, though, their family was very different.As far as I could see, unlike my mother their mother never lesson planned, never sat down with her children to work on multiplication tables, and never pulled out the science supplies and a biology book. Their mother was … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: In Which Michael Confuses Me


Created To Need A Help Meet, pp. 38---41A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonYes, we are still learning about the ways men need women. I know you're excited, so let's jump right in. I Need Her to Balance Me EmotionallyAgain, we guys don't like to admit that we are emotional beings.  It is quite obvious that the gals are 90% emotion and 10% adulterated reason.  We fellows pride ourselves on being logical and objective.  But keep in mind that anger is an emotion. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: How To Cook To Please Your Husband


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 149---154Remember that Debi just got through shaming Jill for not being able to balance sick kids and getting dinner ready at time. Well, Debi's about to explain to Jill just how she could have Done Everything Right. Because women's true role is in the kitchen, dontcha know. The AssignmentLearn to use the kitchen's "wonder tool"---the crock pot. Today, as I write this, it is Sunday. This morning at 8 A.M., I put several frozen chicken breasts and some … [Read more...]