My Heart Breaks for Micah … and Bethany

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog Sketches by BozeOne afternoon in the fall of 2007 I walked over and sat down across from Bethany in the Southwestern Commons. I had a dazed look on my face.“Were you just talking to Micah Moore?” she asked me.I nodded. “How do you know Micah?”“He’s in my Reel Jews class. What did y’all talk about?”“He did most of the talking,” I said, in a perplexed voice. “He told me about Jesus.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Compare Yourself to the ‘UnGodly’?

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by Lisa Hallahan from A Lovely Calling - When You Become Jealous of the WorldEditor's note: I will agree with the author on one thing. Comparing or measuring yourself against others is a miserable way to live and you can never measure up to everyone. Be yourself and be happy in it. But, all this putting down of those that do not live exactly like them is one of the most hateful things in fundamentalism and evangelical Christianity. Love yourself, be yourself and extend that same freedom to everyone else.  Living in a emotional place where you don't have to judge everyone is also very freeing. … [Read more...]

Considering the World

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by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (and Found) Mind of Kaleesha WilliamsHere we are, on our way home from Hannibal, Missouri, the childhood home of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and the office of a lovely oral surgeon who was good enough to remove my eldest child’s wisdom teeth from her small, crowded mouth so that her braces might be more effective in correcting her teeth. Little of that is relevant to this blogpost, but since when have I limited myself to the relevant? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Listening To Your Wife

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: He needs her prayers because she is a weaker vessel? That doesn't even make any sort of sense at all. And they have safety deposit boxes in heaven that require two keys just like here on earth? Sometimes I wonder what Michael is growing on that farm of his. … [Read more...]

Repentance and Transformation as a Progressive Christian

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I read two articles today that helped me crystallize something that I’ve been struggling to articulate to myself. Handsome and I have had a few into-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning conversations about “but what does it mean to be a Christian? What’s the point?” I’ve taken a radical departure from “being a Christian means you get to go to heaven when you die,” and yet I haven’t been able to put into words what I’ve replaced it with, especially since I came to the realization recently that nothing about my life would significantly change if I stopped believing in Jesus as God. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Listening To Your Wife

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: This reads like his idea of a wife supporting a husband's vision is part cheerleader/part support staff … [Read more...]

The Deliberate Spread of Misinformation

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist In Spite of ThemWhen my siblings and I were children, my parents deliberately misinformed us about the world. I am still not sure what the overall goal was. Some of it makes sense. The ideological nonsense that contributed to psychological control makes sense, such as the misinformation about lust, reproduction, and consequences, but some of it really doesn't make sense. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 Listening To Your Wife?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: Ugh, he links praising your wife for her good judgement to having sex more often. It really is all about sex with Mr. Pearl. Plus in this last bit Michael Pearl claims he softened the hard edges of Debi's books! What softening? I would hate to see the first drafts if they were any harsher and condemning considering Debi does shaming and blaming all too well in her books. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – Being Careful

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Our series 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 180 degree … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 Listening To Your Wife?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: This is almost enough to make you feel sorry for Michael's wife Debi Pearl, but knowing how Debi twists what happened to her and uses it to make others feel fear and guilt cancels out any sympathy points she might get for her husband admitting what an abusive jerk he has been. Sick relationship. His advice in the end might be good except for his suggestion to pretend to be humble and thoughtful. Pretend? … [Read more...]


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