Preparing To Be A Help Meet: Lydia’s Courtship

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideChapter Two begins with this title page: Discovering God's Will Moral to the Story: God often leads us down his path through the counsel of those who are wiser.I agree with wholeheartedly with the moral.  I have been so grateful for excellent advice given lovingly by my parents, siblings, my in-laws, my teachers, professors, people I've worked with and random strangers to name a few. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: “Sexual Perversions”

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, p. 174This brief section—only one page—is titled “Exceptions: Sexual Perversions.” This is the very end of Debi’s chapter on loving your husband (which is, of course, all about sex), and it’s what you’ve all been waiting for. Let’s take a look. Anal sex is a homosexual act, and no normal man or woman desires this. The use of pornography has increased this abomination. It is a filthy practice and medically dangerous. Oh, well, that didn’t take long. … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about Social Services: Part 1

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismI grew up afraid of social services. Social workers were something of a bogeyman in the homeschooling community, and my parents bought into it completely. In fact, in a recent conversation on the topic with my mother, she insisted that social workers today do in fact take children away from their parents for nothing more than homeschooling. That she still says this today says a lot about just how high fear of social workers was in our home when I was a child. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Looking up to a Leader is Sexual Sin?

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by Jim Bob Howard of Highlands Ministries and reposted at Ladies Against Feminism - Flirting With Sexual SinLadies, don’t think you’re off the hook; I’d like to talk to you for a minute, too. Most readers here probably don’t spend much time falling for the men on the “daytime dramas” and the romance novels, who are no more real than Miss Picture Perfect. Rather, you spend time reading and listening to homeschool conference speakers, preachers, authors, magazine editors, etc. and wishing your husband would be more like ________ (fill in the name), not realizing that Mr. Blank is a sinner, just like your husband. Beware: you are a daughter of Eve; don’t let yourself be deceived. You are not … [Read more...]

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven: Update

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward(Editor's note: This piece is an excellent example of the Evangelical tendency to dramatize or even outright lie in order to have a testimony convincing enough to reach the 'unsaved' Lying for Jesus. This child's father is despicable for making money off his son's tragedy and giving not one penny of the monies made towards the long term care this child needs.)Last week, I posted a review of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin and Alex Malarkey. After my review hit the internet, Beth Malarkey, the mother of Alex, contacted me via Twitter.  She let me know that Alex, now a teenager, did not write the story and he does n … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: God Needs Our Prayers – Part 3

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide Now, the moment we've all been waiting for: Debi ties her relationship to Michael into the larger context of a heavenly battle and angels who wait to swoop in and answer prayers."Remember my love story? I believe that sometime in his youth Michael asked God for someone to faithfully pray for him."Did he?  You could ask him since I believe you live in the same house.  I digress. … [Read more...]

Christian Reconstruction, ATI, Abuse and Submission: Modesty and Lust Part 2

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by SJ Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoWhat does Randy the guinea pig have in common with the men of ATI, patriarchy, and Christian Reconstruction?Thanks to No Longer Quivering, the pieces of what modesty is doing to the culture in general, and the perversions of Bill Gothard are finally fitting into the Christian Reconstruction puzzle. Supposedly the piece is a letter from a father to his daughters. It is sick, disgusting, and basically incestuous. No NORMAL father would even begin to discuss this with his daughters. … [Read more...]

So I Was Spiritually Abused, What Next?: Bible Verses Atheists Love

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by NLQ Founder Vyckie GarrisonValerie Tarico recently asked me to pick a bible verse that I actually like for this article, "Bible Verses That Atheists Love" which she wrote for AlterNet. I'm honored to be included with a bunch of awesome fellow skeptics; many of whom also chose Ecclesiastes (✿◠‿◠)My response was too long and had to be edited for the article. For my friends, here's the unedited version:And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. --Ecclesiastes 3:13 … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Mate: God Needs Our Prayers – Part 2

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideFor this next paragraph, find a place where you can read aloud to a friend with a good sense of humor.  Let each sentence build a sense of increasing desperation and importance.  Whoever bursts out laughing last wins.God Designed His Will To Come About Through PRAYER Do you pray for those who bear responsibility for your well-being?  Your father will need wisdom to know how to deal with the young man who comes to ask for your hand in marriage. Your pastor might know a young man who would be a good mate for you.  Why would your pastor think to bring this young man to your father's attention?  Have you prayed for your pastor … [Read more...]

Debunking Fundamentalist Christian Myths: Is College Worth the Cost

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by James C. Titkemeyer, husband of NLQ Admin Suzanne Titkemeyer and economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Republished from the Monthly Labor Review by permission.(Editor's note: We will be posting articles debunking some of the assumptions held by the fundamentalist evangelical wing of Christianity.  Many homeschooling proponents such as Kevin Swanson, Ladies Against Feminism, the Pearls and others believe that education should end with graduation from homeschooling high school coursework and that college is not necessary. The facts do not support their belief in no college.) College: is it still a smart investment?It’s the end of the school year, and that means graduation f … [Read more...]


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