Only Carnal Christians Cancel Church?

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalPaul and I wake up early enough most Sunday mornings, to make a routine Starbucks run for an hour or so before church--our way to ease into the events of the day.Once scoring our favorite drinks, we nestle into our pre-selected, cushiony chairs, sign in to our Macs, read a bit, then share articles and statuses of interest with each other.  Such is our early Sunday routine. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Women Must Submit Because Satan?

by Lori Alexander from Always Learning - Were the Women of Old Submissive?Editor's note: So now it's not just evil feminism to blame, it's women and Satan? The rest women struggle with being cheerfully submissive is not because of sin, it's because it's not at all how we were designed to behave. It's faking it, lying on a grand scale. How is living a lie a righteous Godly thing? … [Read more...]

Questioning The Pearls – Sexy Times With Baby in Bed?

For well over a year we've been running a second Answering 'Preparing To Be A Help Meet' on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we've run through many of the questions on their site it's time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Less is More With Young Kids?

by Zsuzsanna Anderson from Are They All Yours?!?? - Homeschool Tips: Young KidsEditor's note: While learning to sit still and concentrate is difficult for many young children is having the child do housework instead of sitting down to teach them to read really the best educational choice? Any teachers of first grade or kindergarten out there that can address the issues of not doing much schooling with the younger children? … [Read more...]

Hustling For Jesus: Christian Home-Based Businesses

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserSuzanne, who blogs at Every Breaking Wave, had this to say about her experiences with home-based Evangelical Christian businesses: One of the things that the ladies kept trying to pound in my head during those early days, besides telling me that I should use “To Train Up A Child” to discipline my very ill child, was that if I was going to be a good Christian submissive wife I was going to have to not work outside of the home. Which was foreign to me, I’d always had some sort of job outside of the home, even if it was part time, and mostly tried to work at a time when Jim could take care of the kids so that … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Your Advice Got Me Shunned?

by an unnamed Amish lady writing to Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - From Our Mailbox A 'Saved' Amish LadyEditor's note: This is the rest of the letter that Michael responded to with only scriptures and zero compassion. Another prime example of how following the Jesus the Pearls preach can really have bad real life consequences with some shaming for depression and mental illness that the Evangelical world loves to do. What would you advise this lady to do? Besides run far far away from any Pearl-related theology. … [Read more...]

What are you Doing? Chapter 9 – Everyone Just Wants to Smush Genitalia Together?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerWelcome back my friends, to the book that never ends, we're so glad you're not having to read the book.We're back at the Picnic Table of Confession in the park tucked in between what looks like blocks of some big housing project like Cabrini Green in Chicago or the old demolished Poe Homes in Baltimore and on the other side an endless wave of two story single family tract homes stretching off to infinity. A hopeless looking landscape to me. Which fits this chapter.   … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1- Your Advice Got Me Shunned?

by an unnamed Amish lady writing to Michael Pearl at No Greater Joy - From Our Mailbox A 'Saved' Amish LadyEditor's note: For once this might actually be one of the rare real letters to the Pearls. Kind of breaks my heart because after all of this in this part and the piece we're posting in the morning Michael Pearl's only advice were those scriptures that talk about rejoicing when you are rejected for following Jesus and that Jesus came to set brother against brother. No practical advice, no empathy, no understanding, just a pile of scriptures that basically say "Well what did you expect?" This is what toxic faith looks like. … [Read more...]

For New-Found Victims

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsEditor's note: Ellen is speaking directly to new readers at her blog, but the same words apply here as well. Welcome to new readers here who've been spiritually abused, victimized by religion and are discovering that they are not the only ones.Welcome.Perhaps you found this blog because are just realizing that what you or someone you know is experiencing is “just not right.”  There are many websites and blogs that have information on spiritual abuse.  Some are very comprehensive and detailed … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Say No to Anything Not Home, Husband and Children?

by June Fuentes of A Wise Woman Builds Her Home - Cultivating a Rich Christian HomeEditor's note: While I will agree that super busyness is not a good thing for most folks, it has nothing to do with if you should be staying home submitting to your husband and homeschooling your children. Busyness is sometimes an excuse to avoid facing up to the real tough issues of life for many women and men. It's a bellwether mark of pressure, guilt and legalism in many Quiverfull churches that leadership puts on followers. … [Read more...]