The Stages of Trauma in the Flowers of Spring: Daffodils Forgotten

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Under Much Grace used with permission I grew up in a house that stood at the edge of a small plateau on the incline of a mountain. It was bordered by unoccupied wooded acreage that sloped down behind it. In the spring, the forsythia and the azaleas bloomed in our yard, but we had no daffodils. Down in the woods behind the house however, daffodils poked their heads above the crisp, brown leaves that had covered them all winter. Nineteen plants grew there within twenty feet of the edge of our land on the hill as it rolled downward toward the city. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Homeschooling? Who Needs Stinkin’ Edumakashun?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Homeschooling High SchoolersEditor's note: In this toxic nugget Michael goes on to disparage any type of formal schooling, trying to say it leads to weak effeminate boys. It's pretty clear that he's either never been in a public or private school, or if he has it's been a very long time and must have taken place in some impoverished school district filled with disadvantaged kids from some awful situation, like perhaps the kids of coal miners in a small rural area where ill health is rampant. This is simply untrue in the majority of schools. … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet – Part 10 Washing of the Word (Michael Compliments Himself by Complimenting Debi)

by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonpp 165-167After what I'm calling the Great Internet Blackout '14 (turns out backhoes and cables don't'd think the phone/internet/tv people would have realized this prior to digging), I'm back with another review. Because I've been away for awhile, I'm treating all of you lucky readers to an extra-long section! Don't you feel blessed to be able to read more of Michael's inspiring words? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Homeschooling? Who Needs Stinkin’ Edumakashun?

by Michael Pearl  from No Greater Joy - Homeschooling High SchoolersEditor's note: Here Michael Pearl explains how he and Debi taught their children. It does not sound like there was any official curriculum, lesson plans or text books involved. Michael is responding to a question on how best to teach high school children. I'd say by his measure he is short-changing the kids any real education. This is really crummy parenting, effectively he's denying his children any education that will help them become self sufficient and dooming them to a life of poverty. How is that loving? Homeschool your children if that's your thing, but please please give them a good education instead of this sub … [Read more...]

Guilt — The Essence of Evangelical Christianity

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhat would Evangelical Christianity be without guilt?Guilt, despite what preachers say, is the engine that powers Evangelicalism.Often preachers will try to hide guilt by giving it other names like conviction. But no matter how they try to hide it, guilt plays a prominent part in the day-to-day lives of those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Snowflake Adoption and White Privilege?

by Aaron Halbert from The Washington Post - My Wife and I are White Evangelicals. Here's Why We Chose to Give Birth to Black TripletsEditor's note: Remember Adeye Salem and her failed attempted adoption of those frozen embryos from awhile back? In typical 'out do your neighbor' fashion here's another frozen embryo adopting evangelical couple who've managed to top her  with insisting on black only adoption in their quest to be the most righteous possibly-quiverful via adoption. I'm not sure why a legitimate news source like The Washington Post would chose to give these two publicity for their self-aggrandizing behavior. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 1 Chapter 8

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book are in blue textThe title of Chapter Eight is "That's Why You Have Parents: How to Draw Strength, Wisdom, and Protection From Your Father and Mother".Chapter Eight has the dubious honor of the second-most overwrought history lesson in the book.  (I think the "Western civilization is being undermined by evil Socialists" section of chapter three wins for the entire book. ) … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Women Are Not Men and Should Not Be Heroes?

by Jake Mentzel of Clearnote Church and at Bayly Blog - Warhorn Media.comEditor's note: At first glance this piece looked like the usual cross promotion of another another ministry.With the name 'Warhorn' is sounds like someone is trying to cash in on the vogue of things like 'Beowulf,' 'Black Sails,' and 'Game of Thrones' of manly men and hoary battle stories to prove what manly men they are. They are, but they are also claiming that women should never be warriors themselves. Bear with me but there will be three separate quotes today. The first from Bayly blog pointing out the obvious, that men and women are different, the second from the article they are referencing … [Read more...]

When Rules Are Stupid, Breaking Them is a Good Idea

by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous CircumspectionJoe is now writing at Free Thought Blogs - catch all his latest writings there including his thoughts on the recent demise of Prince.First part hereMy continued response to Tom B....I'm going to walk away from Tom B's response to me for a bit and just sit down by this fire and have a chat with a little boy. Tom, you're a little boy. You may be 20, but you have no idea how to live in the real world. Your rigid ideas of life may make you a disciplined young man, but it won't go far in your relationships with the rest of humanity. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Children Talking at Night Might be Demonic?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Babbling in the NightEditor's note: When did children talking to themselves as they lay in their beds or in the middle of the night turn into a spiritual issue? Seems more like possibly normal child behavior instead of a problem with being molested or demon-infected. It's good that Mr. Pearl suggests a physical to make sure that there's  nothing wrong with the child, but then he makes the leap to a fearful and illogical in the rest of his reply. We start with a readers letter. … [Read more...]