Navigating Risks and Bounded Choice

by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog Every Breaking WaveDuring my last trip to Costa Rica we stopped for lunch that first day at a Frutas by the side of the road. These little open air fruit stands are everywhere in Central America when you venture beyond the larger cities.Neither Jim nor I knew what to expect. We were lured into stopping by the gorgeous display of tropical fruits. We hadn't eaten a thing since the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida very early that morning and were pretty hungry. Tropical fruits suddenly sounded like a splendid idea in that moment.Turns out that the Frutas had more than just fruit. They had all sorts of foods and snacks including a … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Getting to Know Your Intended Spouse?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Young Adults and Marriage Part 2Editor's note: It's a sad day when the courtship advice on how to meet and get to know who you want to marry from Michael Pearl sounds super healthy after Vaughn Ohlman's hour long betrothal meetings. One correction on Michael's words here - the Amish and the Mennonites are not the same thing as he's lumped them together here. They are similar, like pears and apples are close, but not the exact same thing. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 4 Chapter 8

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book are in blue text.On a serious note, this post may be triggering for abuse or trauma victims.It's time for BIBLE BABBLE starring Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin!In previous episodes, our gracious hostesses have told us about why women have no agency outside of men, why loving your brothers means your literal biological brothers, why Biblical heroines are following the Botkin plan with a special emphasis on Abigail and Bathsheba, and their personal obsession with the Proverbs 7 woman. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Homeschooled to Mow Lawns For Life?

by Eric from No Greater Joy magazine - From EricEditor's note: The last of the Pearls articles on their homeschool successes. This poor fellow sums up so much of what is rampantly wrong in the Pearl homeschooling world. His career path was laid out for him as a child without much choice for him and he's embraced it. It's good he's able to earn money, but somehow this seems like so much wasted possible potential from here. … [Read more...]

Vaughn Ohlman Seeks Another Location For Underage Marriage Retreat

Apparently the Kansas City Star noticed the outcry and decided to interview Wichita, Kansas resident Laura Camp Ohlman, daughter in law of Vaughn. Read the entire piece at the Kansas City Star's website - Christian Group Seeks Kansas For Families Wanting 'Young, Fruitful Marriages' For Children. … [Read more...]

The Crucifixion and #NeverTrump: What the Cross Teaches Us About Politics

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog SamanthaPField.comIn case you’ve missed it, Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee for president after Cruz withdrew from the race yesterday. The news kept me up last night, mostly because my emotional state resembles something like Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Handsome and I have been watching a WWII documentary recently, and the episodes describing the political movements that brought Hitler and Mussolini into power left us in dumbstruck horror. I know comparing Trump to Hitler at this point is basically passé, but it doesn’t change the fact that the comparison works for a reason. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Have You Trained Your Children’s Ears?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Self DeceptionEditor's note: Nancy seems to be confused about self-deception. Hearing yet not acting is not necessarily being deceived and training your kids to listen and obey has nothing to do with deception.  The only deception I see here is in her awkward segue from reading the Bible to making your kids listen. Word salad. … [Read more...]

Kansas Marriage Retreat ‘Get Them Married’ Cancelled

We just got word a few minutes ago that the Let Them Marry retreat for families to meet and possibly arrange marriages slated for November in Wichita, Kansas has been cancelled by Salvation Army. This comes in the wake of Vyckie Garrison's article yesterday on Raw Story and other bloggers and news sources picking up her story.Vyckie has written a followup with confirmations from the Salvation Army that the event is no longer scheduled at their facility. From Raw Story - Salvation Army Bans Duggar Cult 'Retreat' That Promoted Arranged Marriages for Teen Girls … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week – Why All the Angst Over Female Bodies?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Just the swallows return to Capistrano every St. Joseph's Day in the spring, the advent of Bikini Season brings a sudden rise in the many blog posts and articles in Quiverfull/Evangelical/Fundamentalism decrying all the immodesty of this world defrauding boys of their innocence and hysterical fear mongering over pornography. Cries of 'Keep Our Boys PURE!' are not just uttered in the movie 'The Music Man' but from every internet bully pulpit. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Watch Your Mouth?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - What Are You Releasing Into Your Home Today?Editor's note: Something has changed over at Above Rubies. While many of the messages that Nancy is busy spewing out are the same old thing like this one of watch what you say, she's starting to post more and more short one or two paragraph messages and they are starting to sound somewhat less than rational. She has even posted in Colin's 'Meat For Men'. … [Read more...]