Speaking Up About Sexual Abuse

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix I am at the point in my life now where for the last several months, I have felt safe enough to process the past.  Although I was sexually abused when I was a child, I didn’t tell my family then or as an adult. I kept quiet because I was threatened with hell and the devil when I was a kid. I was so traumatized, I pushed most of the memories away and didn’t think about them for over 30 years. Now that I haven't been a Christian for over a year, I've lost my fear of hell and devil, and I finally feel unthreatened and able to process the abuse. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Grumble About Cooking?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Pass On The Tradition It's time to cook supper. "Not again," you sigh. "Why can't I have a break from cooking night after night?" Can I remind you that preparing a meal for your family is not insignificant. It's not a waste of time. It is very much part of your mothering anointing. We see a beautiful description of a godly woman in 1 Timothy 5:10 NASB. The description of her "good works" are, "If she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she was washed the satins' (sic) feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work." … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be His Help Meet: Creative Interpretations of the Book of Ruth

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide After Debi finishes twisting Esther from an active woman into a passive girl, Debi turns her attention to Ruth.  In her discussion of the Book of Ruth, Debi pulls a two-fer: Ruth is a passive follower as befits a young girl while Naomi, a wise older woman, gives her great counsel.  In short, Debi uses the story of Ruth to imply that Debi's young, naive readers should follow Debi's ideas unquestioningly.   On a positive note, Debi is blessedly brief on the subject. Away we go! … [Read more...]

News: This Week in Christian Abuse, Perversion and Extremism

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward Marvelous Grace Girls Academy My friend, Teresa Frye sent me the following press release about Marvelous Grace Girls Academy: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OKALOOSA COUNTY FLORIDA JUDGE DISREGARDS FLORIDA CUSTODY/VISITATION ORDER, RESULTING IN MINOR CHILD’S CONFINEMENT IN CONFIRMEDLY ABUSIVE FLORIDA FACILITY An Okaloosa County Judge’s refusal today to uphold a custody/visitation order presented to him is preventing a mother who traveled from Nevada from being with her 14 yr. old child. The child is unwillingly held and allegedly being hidden from her mother and local law enforcement at the Marvelous Grace Girls … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Porn and Romance Novels Create Idealized Lies?

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by the Duggar girls from their book "Growing Up Duggar" page 111 and rather ironic considering Jill's recent marriage and Jessa's courtship with Ben Seewald "We have met some girls who have simply fallen in love with the idea of marriage and are just looking for a guy to fulfill their dreams.  They have an image in mind of what marriage is, and they are in love with that image. One girl told us recently, "I was in love with the thought of being in love, and it consumed my every waking hour." This is one of the greatest dangers of romance novels. They paint a picture of an unrealistic, unobtainable relationship. It's the same thing pornography does to men. Viewing pornography gives them a … [Read more...]

The Duggar Family and ATI (plus disgraced leader Bill Gothard)

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground I recently read through the book The Duggars: 20 and Counting. I remember meeting the Duggars  at an ATI homeschool conference about 15 years ago.  Because I grew up under the same program the Duggars are involved in, there were a lot of ATI lines that jumped out at me in the book. I am talking blatant Bill Gothard, ATI, IBLP lines. (If you don’t know the acronym, they are fancy words for Gothard’s Christian programs and seminars.) Here they go. … [Read more...]

Remember This Guy? Lookadoo Arrested For RU Drunkable?

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Justin Lookadoo was featured in Quoting Quiverfull in November 14, 2013 for 'Dateable Girls Know How To Shut Up' for his pushing of the traditional male female gender roles of Evangelical Christianity in public schools. He's spoken at all sorts of conferences through the years hawking his book 'R U Dateable'. … [Read more...]

From Thrift Shops to Trendy Boutiques: Jill Duggar’s Wedding Dress Search

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer  or "How The Duggars Have Changed Very Dramatically Since Fame" Remember all those times when the Duggars said 'why pay retail when you can buy used and save the difference' and poor Anna sewing her wedding dress and all the dresses of the attendants for her wedding and all the tales of fashionable thrift shop finds that the girls always clothe themselves in? It seems that has now been abandoned.  Apparently saving money is much less high a priority. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Nudity in Entertainment is Always Porn?

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by John Piper from his blog Desiring God - 12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch "Game of Thrones" A day later, Adam emailed to ask: “Pastor John, what would you say to a Christian who watches the cable TV show Game of Thrones?” This is a television series rated TV-MA, and has become rather infamous for its explicit nudity and sex scenes, and for graphic scenes of rape and sexual violence against women.Game of Thrones is now the most popular series in HBO history, with an average audience of more than 18 million viewers. What follows is a slightly edited transcript of John Piper’s response in today’s episode of Ask Pastor John. … [Read more...]

Jesus The Buddhist

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living Liminal At one point in the hostilities we experienced at our last church, my husband and I agreed to a meeting with the elder who was at the centre of the leadership struggle, and with his wife, both of whom had been close friends of ours. We were still hoping that somehow we could find some sort of resolution to the conflict. We had asked one of the board members* to mediate for us, because our previous attempt at reconciliation had only exposed me to more abuse. (* We didn't realise until later how partisan he actually was!) … [Read more...]


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