A Complete Misunderstanding of the Term “Rape Culture”


The nation's largest and most influential anti-sexual-violence organization is rejecting the idea that culture — as opposed to the actions of individuals — is responsible for rape. This is the first sentence of Caroline Kitchens' recent opinion piece in Time Magazine, It's Time To End the 'Rape Culture' Hysteria. Kitchens is a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. And yet, with that one sentence, Kitchens makes it clear that she does not understand what is meant by the term "rape cult … [Read more...]

Someone, Please Save Me From Hell


A relative recently posted this image on facebook, along with a call for all of those "who haven't repented" to take note. There are a lot of Christians today who either do not believe in hell or downplay the idea of hell. Unfortunately, this is not true of my relatives. For them, hell is as real as you or me, and is the rate of anyone who has not repented and prayed the sinner's prayer.Sadly, I cannot simply be theoretical about this. This is because I know from experience that a belief in … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, Cheating, and Ease of Access

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As a homeschooled child, one of the things I was taught that public schools were plagued with rampant cheating. Cheating was always listed alongside drugs, bullying, and violence in a long list of the problems with public schools. But in the midst of all the talk about children cheating off each other's tests in public school, there was very little acknowledgement of our own homeschool cheating problem.I was reminded of this when I came upon an old post on homeschoolforums.com: Just Caught … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead (Painful Stereotypes Edition)


My evangelical parents and siblings recently went and saw God's Not Dead. This made me profoundly uncomfortable. I haven't seen the movie, but I have seen the trailer, and that's enough to tell me that the movie's representation of what it is to be an atheist bears absolutely no resemblance to me.Beyond its depiction of atheists, the movie's entire premise is so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. Wikipedia describes the movie's plot as follows: Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a naive freshman … [Read more...]



A discussion in this morning's comment section, which revolved around whether it was appropriate to have powdered sugar or ketchup on french toast, has inspired me to put up a post solely for the purposes of sharing recipes and discussing food.  I'm putting a "chatter" tag on this post so that it can be found easily through the chatter option on the site menu.I'll start by sharing a recipe I've used for years and years. Quick Biscuits 6 cups flour 1 cup sugar 3 tbsp baking powder 3 tsp … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Bed Wetting, Cold Hoses, and Hana Williams


To Train Up A Child, chapter 11In the coverage of Hana Williams, a lot of contradictory claims about To Train Up A Child were thrown around. On the one hand were claims that the book advises parents to give their children cold baths or shut them out in the cold as punishment. On the other hand were fans of Michael Pearl and his child training methods calling this a blatant falsehood and claiming that anyone who saw abuse in To Train Up A Child must not have actually read the book. I sat in th … [Read more...]

Suffer Not a Woman to Teach (at Cedarville University)


I participated in AWANA, a Bible club, from kindergarten through 12th grade. When I was in the high school group, there was a bit of a disagreement over who could serve as our lead teacher. You see, a woman wanted to lead the high school group. You know, a woman. There were Bible study books we would work through, it wasn't like she would be developing the materials or anything. But still, she was a woman. And therein lay the problem.Some of the leaders argued that it would be okay for her … [Read more...]