Discussing Toxic Patriarchy and Spiritual Abuse

by Cindy Kunsmans cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceOriginally published in 2010 and titled 'To New or Disgruntled Readers'For people who visit here for the first time and find themselves a bit “challenged,” I would like to address some of the common problems that people tend to have with the nature of the material that I post here. (I call it the "Gadfly Effect," something echoing the "Gadfly of Athens" title attributed to Socrates because he asked pesky questions that no one wanted to think about.) … [Read More...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Black People Need to Shut Up and Endure?

by Garrett Kell of John Piper's 'Desiring God' - It's a Wonderful Tim to Be Christian!Editor's note: Reading this piece I don't know if I should laugh, cry or throw up! Only a young white male Evangelical brimming with Evangelical white entitlement would be tone deaf and insensitive enough to lecture another race on how they should approach the racism in the world, and let's be very real here, in the church directed at their people.  He makes a good point later on in the unquoted part of this piece - that Americans need to reach out to the immigrants of our nation, including Muslims, with love and acceptance. Too bad most of the post is pure poison. … [Read More...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 3 Chapter 12

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideEditor's note: If you get a chance be sure to check out Mel's blog and her birth story. It's a perfect illustration why home birth with an unlicensed midwife isn't for everyone. Had Mel been following conventional Quiverfull birth ideas likely she and her precious son Jack would not have survived. She's posted up some extremely cute photos of her son too. Congratulations Mel and family! … [Read More...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Women Should Be Silent and Smiling Only?

by Matthew Henry as shared by Lori Alexander of The Transformed Wife - A Brawling (Quarreling), Scolding WomanEditor's note: Lori is either slipping or she writes/schedules/posts her blog days ahead of time. I was fully expecting an excoriation of former Evangelical mother blogger Glenna Doyle Melton. Melton announced her engagement this weekend to her girlfriend Abby Wombach. Instead we get this ancient writing about misbehaving women. … [Read More...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Working Women Cursed?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Women Are ExaltedEditor's note: Nancy is back to claiming that working outside of the home is some sort of curse that will kill everything in your path instead of what it actually is, a choice every woman must make for herself. Nancy seeks to return everyone to the choice less world of the 1950s. … [Read More...]

Questioning the Pearls – Boys Bullying Each Other?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read More...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Irritated With Your Husband?

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Mutual Annoyances and Daily PinpricksEditor's note: Today Lori takes the words of C.S. Lewis 'Screwtape Letters' and replaces the mother with wife before telling you that you cannot be irritated with your husband ever. I'm sorry to tell her but that is very dangerous advice. There are just going to be those little annoyances between people living closely together. You have a choice in how you react, true, but it's much more emotionally healthy to approach your spouse in a non-blaming non-threatening way and say, 'You know, when you do X, Y or Z it makes me feel this way. Do you think you could remember not to do that thing?' Nothing wrong … [Read More...]

Go Ahead, Donald Trump Supporters, Defend Your Man

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: I think this last press conference of our president bears some scrutiny. If he falls apart and leaves office we will be stuck with the scary fundamentalist-quiverfull policies of his vice president - Mike Pence. As long as Pence is a mere heartbeat away from the highest office in the land we will be discussing politics occasionally here. … [Read More...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Bored? Try Doing Everything the Hard Way?

by Trey, a commenter at Lori Alexander's blog The Transformed Wife - For Women Who Are Lonely and BoredEditor's note: This man's suggestion to the bored and lonely is to return to the 1800s for everything you do! If you didn't grow it, weave it or sew it then you have too much free time. Hard to believe this is serious and not some sort of parody, but it is serious. … [Read More...]

The Power of the Transformed Wife – No Birth Control Ever!!!!!

by Suzanne TitkemeyerA very short chapter today from Lori Alexander's book 'The Power of the Transformed Wife', but one that is truly horrifying, filled with half-truths and lots of bad advice. The title is 'Birth Control and Having Children'. It should be called 'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire' instead.We start with Lori claiming that since men are always ready for sex and women crave sex the most when they are ovulating that this means God wants us all to have as many children as possible as soon as possible. … [Read More...]

Quoting Quiverfull: College Makes Women Stupid?

by Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church as quoted by Patheos writer Friendly AtheistEditor's note: Hermant Mehta of Friendly Atheist took one for the team by watching and transcribing Anderson's sermon of the same name as this post. What do you think about the notion that college turns out fools? Anderson himself attended college so what does that make him by his own measurement? … [Read More...]

Duggar Family Round Up: Zika, Babies and Robbery

There's been a lot of news happening on TLC's Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family, but rather than post a lot of small pieces I decided to just do one long post instead. Get it over with, just like when you might have to take a whopping dose of castor oil when you were a kid. Lots of little sips will gag you, better to swallow a heaping tablespoon full at once.So what's happening in America's First Family of Quiverfull? … [Read More...]