Worthwhile Reads: Evangelicalism, LGBTQ, and Hate

Melissa's spouse, Haley, has written a guest post on Melissa's blog called When You Are Everything You Were Taught to Hate. Haley, remember, is a transsexual woman raised in an evangelical quiverfull home who served as a conservative pastor for several years before coming out as a woman and leaving the ministry. How many more parents need to raise their children while being afraid that they are not teaching them all the “right ways” and therefore find their identity as parents threatened when a … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

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What do you see as the pros and cons of having been homeschooled? Do you feel that your homeschool experience prepared you well socially? Academically? Joe: Homeschooling is right for some people and very wrong for others.  Many people see homeschooling as the opportunity for indoctrination of their children.  Others see it as the only path to educating their child, with the child having failed all other alternatives.  I like the latter reason for opting for homeschooling.  But, the fact is, mo … [Read more...]

On Positive Parenting and Saying “I’m Sorry”

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Today I yelled at Sally. I was trying to finish a project and she was getting in the way again and again and I just snapped. I stormed upstairs to finish what I was working on in peace, leaving Sally downstairs with her daddy. I knew yelling like that was not right and I knew I should have taken a deep breath instead of getting more and more annoyed. In retrospect, I should have saved finishing my project until later, or else I should have stopped and found Sally something constructive to do. … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Homeschooling, Academics, and Socialization

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Briefly describe your experience being homeschooled, including the amount of interaction you had with other homeschoolers or non-homeschoolers (socialization) and what sorts of textbooks or homeschool program your family used (academics). Joe: Not being homeschooled, I have no experience with it at all.  But, we churched exclusively with homeschoolers.  We never had friends outside of this church and, if we did, were banned from them immediately.  Homeschooling was God's plan for everyone and p … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Modesty Myth

I am encouraged to see more and more bloggers, especially those with personal experience with it, taking on the modesty teachings of the purity culture. A few months ago blogger Sierra wrote a series of posts on the teachings of the modesty doctrine. I have also written on the problems with modesty and the purity culture. Now, just this last week, blogger From Two to One has a five-part series out on modesty. Her first post is an introduction, her next three deal with the six main problems she se … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Reasons for Homeschooling

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Why and when did your parents originally decide to homeschool? Did their reasons for homeschooling change over time? Joe: My family knew nothing about homeschooling until we met the esteemed, Bill Gothard.  Then, when Mama fell in love with every word that dripped off his tongue, she viewed his homeschooling program as the only program worth belonging to.  Little did I know this would be a huge blessing in my life.  I considered it a curse at the time, as you will soon see. In 1992, Bill Go … [Read more...]

Documentaries: The Assassination of Dr. Tiller

In putting together my blog's tabs, I've been trying to incorporate documentaries I've found useful or informative or interesting. This one, The Assassination of Dr. Tiller, examines last year's murder of the prominent abortion doctor, Dr. Tiller, but it also deals with so much more, including the highly problematic and destructive tactics adopted by many in the anti-abortion movement. Sorry I can only offer you the preview!Feel free to share your thoughts! … [Read more...]


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