How Evangelical Pastors and Church Members Can Overcome Their Porn-Watching Habits

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserAccording to an upcoming study by the Barna Group titled The Porn Phenomenon, Christian pastors have a porn problem. While the full study will not be released until April 2016, Barna president David Kinnaman announced some of their findings:Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Don’t Bore Your Teenagers?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - What Are We Going to Do?Editor's note: This sounds much like the keep too busy to think style of parenting. But does this work? I don't know, this also sounds like those over-involved helicopter parents that thrive in the wealthier suburbs of the city. Who's to say there aren't sexual predators or bad influences in those classes too? Michael is fighting a losing battle trying to protect his progeny from all negative influences. Would it not be better to teach those children how to deal with predators and others rather than wrap them in emotional cotton wool and keep them isolated? … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Worship Baking Your Own Bread?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.One of the things we're run across again and again in both former fundamentalist post-religion narratives and within the active Quiverfull world is a strange emphasis on baking bread for your family from scratch. During my years in a funda-gelical church I participated in it too. But I never knew why we were doing it. People talked about their bread, humble-bragged about their bread, shared their extra bread and recipes and at our church newcomers were all giving a fresh loaf of home baked bread to welcome them to our fellowship. Bread loomed large … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Don’t Bore Your Teenagers?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - What Are We Going to Do?Editor's note: In this short piece Michael sings the praises of rural life while throwing shade at the people that must live in cities. Hate to break it to him but there are just as many sexual predators per capita in the country as there are in the city. The difference being is that they have to be more creative to continue their perving. Where there are less of a potential victim pool it requires a certain shift in methods and expectations. But it does happen. Even Cane Creek isn't safe. … [Read more...]

When Reality Collides With Earnest Expectations

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalI’ve never been much good at New Year’s Resolutions.I tend to over-think everything including all the areas in which I need to improve... so much... that instead of getting motivated and energized by the practice, I end up defeated and discouraged. I just can not seem to make it work for me.I know what the problem is. My resolutions are entirely unrealistic and being that ‘resolutions‘ are supposed to be made for the long haul, it is necessary to evaluate them for their importance and edit out the trivial if one has any hope of keeping them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Don’t Bore Your Teenagers?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - What Are We Going to Do?Editor's note: This article is the typical stew of Pearl-brand parenting. One nugget of good advice bobbing in a toxic sea of blaming, shaming, isolating and controlling everything your child does. It's ironic that he's claiming that he never isolated his kids, yet he's the one that picked out their friends and gatherings. You cannot have it both ways Mr. Pearl. He controlled and isolated his children while complaining others are driving their kids away from God by controlling and isolating behaviors. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – Would YOU Sing at This Wedding?

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, OKrational and the best possible solution, in other words … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Using the Phrase ‘Because Vagina’ is Demeaning to Gender Differences?

by Vaughn Olhman of Let Them Marry - Because Ummm..what?Editor's note: Funny, after having been around liberals for years I do not recall the phrase 'Because Vagina' being bandied about regularly. I do hear 'Because Penis' a whole lot to man-splain male privilege. Is it really rude or demeaning to use scientific names for body parts? I would think that silly made-up goofy names are much more offensive in the general public. Your thoughts on this? … [Read more...]

Part 10 Pendulums and Plumb Lines – Adventures in Ambiguity

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Under Much Grace and used with permission. Like a swinging pendulum, when we exit a group, we can easily get caught up in the drama of life and created excitement, mistaking it for healthy living. (And keep in mind that as dynamic beings, we do swing out to extremes now and then, but we tend not to live in the extreme all of the time.) … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Be a Christian Queen by Being a Wife and Mother?

by Dr. J. G. Holland as quoted by Nancy Campbell at Above Rubies - Mother is QueenEditor's note: Nancy loves to quote long dead Christian theologists from the 1800s to support her messages of stay home, birth babies and worship your husband. Most of the same. … [Read more...]