Dear Christian Friend and Former Parishioner, am I a Good Person?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser(Editor's note: Bruce Gerencser is speaking from the perspective of a former pastor. Please do not attack him for not lining up with your own personal faith beliefs. His writings examine the beliefs and actions of Evangelical Christianity. )A good friend of mine, and a former parishioner, wrote on Facebook an update that asked: can anyone be good without God? He then answered his own question with a No and quoted some Bible verses.I replied: Am I good? I am your friend. Does that make me a good person? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sunday School Makes Kids Atheists?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Only Twelve Years OldEditor's note: Nancy is trying to say that if you allow your children to go to Children's Church, or Sunday School instead of sitting with you in the main sanctuary during your church services that those other children will corrupt your own kids. Which is what Michael Pearl says too. Another attempt to control every thought and waking moment of children, a very unhealthy thing to do for both you and your children. … [Read more...]

The Importance of Dying Well

by Suzanne TitkemeyerAbout three weeks ago I received a book for review on the subject of dying. The book, "Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse's Stories of Dying Well" written by Janet Wehr, was a fascinating one. Not necessarily a religious book or even a Christian book, but an inspired and moving account of the journey from life into death. I could not put the book down, finishing it in a few scant days. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Embracing Halloween?

by David Mathis of John Piper's Desiring God - Take Halloween CaptiveEditor's note: While there are some things in this article that aren't great, it's surprising in a good way when you see a ministry that usually promotes poisonous theology that spiritually abuses others to take a common sense stance that lines up closer with the words of Jesus than 99% of the other Evangelicals on this same subject. Thankfully he's not saying to wrap those candy bars in tracts either.. … [Read more...]

Is Biblical Gender Roles a Big Hoax?

We quote Biblical Gender Roles here at NLQ at least once a week because of his over the top assertions about the Bible and how wives owe their husbands sex upon demand. Now comes allegations that he's not real, that it's one gigantic hoax perpetrated on the world by one Matt Perkins, biblical studies scholar and non-Christian.  Apparently Matt Perkins is also a fake name, like the fake name of Larry Solomon that BGR's goes by. So says Unsettled Christianity in  a post titled a word of caution on Biblical Gender Roles. … [Read more...]

News: Bill Gothard Defenders

Got up this morning to two sets of surprising news. First, there is now a site up that defends Bill Gothard. It's name, 'Discovering Grace', is a play on words on the website 'Recovering Grace'. Recovering Grace is the website where Bill Gothard was outed as a serial fondler and sexual creep by many of his teenage victims. Curious that this is going up a mere ten days after the lawsuit against Bill's IBLP Board of Directors. Very Bill Cosby-like.  The ICANN registry is unrevealing, showing only that the site owner purchased it through Tucows in Toronto and that they paid for a Privacy registry service so that no one can know who actually owns the site.  But it is almost certain that Gothard o … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Marriage is Opposing Plumbing Fittings?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - What God Hath Joined TogetherEditor's note: Now Michael is equating marriage to plumbing fittings, as in if the parts don't easily go together and make one unit then there can be no 'marriage' What do you think about his analogy? One point that his homophobic rantings brings up is who has the right to define marriage? Is it those in the union? The government? The church? … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why is Modern Medicine Denigrated?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.We've all seen the Quiverfull families that refuse all modern medicine, sometimes with rather dire consequences. I'm thinking of a lady at my former church that had a very treatable form of cancer yet refused all treatments because she believed that medicine was idolatry and that God would heal her. She's been six feet under for quite some time now, dying in horrible agony. Her husband took the insurance money from her death to buy a yellow Corvette, and marry a much younger better looking woman after the death of his wife. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Cartoons and Caricatures Are Sin?

by Susan Zakula of Butter and Honey - Caricatures --- How Dangerous Are They?Editor's note: Just in time for the yearly decrying of Halloween is demonic that is prevalent in Fundamentalism we have someone claiming that cartoons are sinful and demonic. This is the same lady that did all those horrible book reviews who seems to have the understanding of a kumquat about classic literature.  … [Read more...]

Jim Bob Duggar Offers Anna a House to Stay With Cheating Husband Josh

It's floating around in the online tabloids late last night and this morning that Jim Bob Duggar has offered Anna Duggar a $345,000 house on the condition she stays married to his son Josh. This would be the same home that was purchased for the midwife to live in and that Jill and Derick Dillard stayed in during their recent visit. Of course, this is all according to unnamed Duggar 'insiders' so there's no real evidence this is true.What is true is the fact that Anna and children are back in Arkansas living with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and assorted Duggar children. Since she's back home again and not living with her parents in Florida it seems to indicate Anna will not be divorcing … [Read more...]