Three Years In

by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (and Found) Mind of Kaleesha Williams(Editor's Note: Kaleesha is talking about her journey three years post-fundamentalism. There is hope of having a full life after leaving toxic faith.)Yesterday marks the third anniversary of the day I laid aside the Bible, having found the answers to the last of my questions about the god within its pages. My conclusion after years of study and devotion? The Bible was written by men who inspired by their ideas of things bigger than themselves, men who were grasping at significance in the majesty of space and time.And that’s okay. We’re all doing that, in a way. It’s part of this journey, … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sacrifice Yourself For Your Children?

by Rebekah Pearl Anast from No Greater Joy - Calling All TeenagersEditor's note: This is from a very lengthy article about how parents must 'train up' their children and by the time they reach adolescence it's way too late. While I agree with her points of talking to your children about what's happening with their bodies and hormones and in general in their lives there's not much else there of any value. But this is the most poisonous parts. Raising your children is not the same as immolating oneself. … [Read more...]

Fear, Loathing and Jealousy Behind the Scenes in the Duggar Family Household?

A pile of supposed Duggar 'insiders' has been whispering to a reporter for the tabloid Life & Style magazine. It's not all pickles, hair spray and side hugs according to them. The title on the front cover reads 'Jessa Duggar Delivery Room Drama' Inside there's nothing about any delivery room drama, merely a rehashing of the fact that Jessa Duggar Seewald's due date is today, November 1st, and what happened with Jill's delivery of little Israel Dillard's delivery. Deceptive click-baiting title like something straight off the internet. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – How to Help a Guy I Admire, But Don’t Like?

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, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 18 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Serveant Leadership Does Not Mean Serving?

by Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog - Feminism in DenialEditor's note: It's posts like this that make me wonder what version of the Bible these guys are reading because the one I'm familiar with has Jesus doing things like washing the feet of others, multiplying the loaves and fishes and doing things for others - the example of servant leadership. But in this type of Quiverfull Evangelicalism it's warped into a 'make everyone else serve you' theology. Wilson, I think you're gonna have some 'splaining to do.. … [Read more...]

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...]