Raised Evangelical: Joy’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 Joy; I am a 42-year-old wife and working mother of 2. I was raised in an evangelical home that was fairly well-integrated into mainstream culture. My mother is a conservative evangelical and my father is a progressive evangelical (think Jim Wallis).  I grew up to question so … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Julie’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.Hi, my name is Julie. I’m twenty years old. I was brought up with a mixture of evangelical and fundamentalist beliefs. I am the middle child in a family of ten kids, though we were not Quiverfull, my dad just wanted a large family. I was a Christian until I was eighteen and then I drift … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: What is a “help meet”? (In the KJV)

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Created To Be His Help Meet, p. 24Debi finishes this her first chapter with a memo on the background of the word "help meet." I sort of feel like this should have come earlier, given that most people I've mentioned the book to find the term odd. The word help meet appears in the KJB just two times - Gen. 2:18 and 20. However, it is the translation of one word - ayzer - which is found 21 times in the Hebrew Bible. Other than being translated "help meet" two times, it is translated just plain … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Lina’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.I’m Lina, and I’m everywhere I thought I wouldn’t be. I grew up as a homeschooled pastor’s daughter, firmly on the side of the religious right, and am now vastly more liberal and married to a girl, V. College is really where things changed for me; I went to a conservative Christian scho … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Matthias’ 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.I am a 23 year old male currently residing in the “bible belt”. I grew up in a conservative Christian family and church in Colorado and experienced a falling away during and shortly after college. I currently consider myself somewhat of a progressive Christian or “spiritual refugee”. I … [Read more...]

CTBHH: In Which Debi Twists Scripture

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 21-23Debi starts by looking at the Genesis story of the creation of Eve. She explains that Adam was completely delighted that God gave him Eve as a gift, and that every woman's husband should similarly be delighted in having her as a gift.And then comes this nasty bit: When you are a help meet to your husband, you are a helper to Christ, for God comissioned man for a purpose and gave him a woman to assist in fulfilling that divine calling. When you honor … [Read more...]

A Few More Thoughts on the Bible

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Chris Hallquist just replied to my post of this morning. And he is right, I did miss his reply to James McGrath. I want to take a moment to respond to both his reply to McGrath, and his reply today to me. I only want to take a moment here because my post earlier today only really used Chris and McGrath's posts as a jumping off point rather than as a sort of take-down.First, from Chris's response to McGrath: What fundamentalists typically believe is that the Bible, properly interpreted, is in … [Read more...]


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