Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsWe are approaching our second anniversary of being told that we were not to return to the church.  Whenever I think about that day (which isn’t often), I remember calling my (former) friend, whom I will call “Martha,” and telling her, “We are going to lose all of our friends.”“No, you won’t!” she insisted.  “There are lots of people who love you and they aren’t going to abandon you.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Dating is Godless Because of Romance?

by Larry Solomon of Biblical Gender Roles.com - 12 Ways to Transform Modern Dating into Biblical Dating  (linked to through Do Not Link because we really don't wish to add to his swollen ego and search engine rankings that he keeps gloating over.Editor's note: He really thinks that romantic feelings and gestures are not applicable to dating and possible marriage. Like Von Ohlman it's all about the father seeking to make the right kind of alliance for the child in question. … [Read more...]

‘Radical’ Review : 1 – 22

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comThe first time I heard about David Platt’s Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, I was in my second year of graduate school. It had been out for over a year at that point, and a colleague I worked with recommended it to me after a conversation we’d had about the corruption and greed common in American evangelicalism. This book had left a lasting impression on my friend, but I wasn’t as struck by it as he was. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Evanglizing Solves All the World’s Problems?

by Ben Seewald quote by the Inquistr -Jessa Duggar Seewald's Husband Says ISIS Isn't World's Biggest ProblemEditor's note: You knew it was coming, right? Stupid Duggar-related folks thinking they have everything figured out from their little cult in the backwoods of Arkansas. Sunday's showing of 'Jill  and Jessa: Counting On' merely reinforced how sheltered, immature and unrealistic Mr. Seewald actually is.  He should make a fine pastor (not). Complex problems cannot be combated with simplistic solutions. He needs to stick to mowing lawns on Jim Bob's rental properties. … [Read more...]

When ‘Forgiveness’ Becomes a Trap

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalI recently came across an article which asked the question about what it takes for us to be able to forgive. In it, the author offers the suggestion that we need to lament - to protest the pain and darkness we are facing. Lament calls for us to be honest about our feelings instead of denying them. To refuse to "sugarcoat [our] rage" or "explain away [our] bitterness. To feel it, to own it, and to use it to protect ourselves from further harm. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: The HPV Vaccine Gives Girls Permission to Have Sex?

by Steven L. Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church - Physicians of No ValueEditor's note: Regardless of how you line up on the to vaccinate or not vaccinate debate it's a stretch at best to say that vaccinating a child against a possible future STD is giving them carte blanche to go out and start having piles of promiscuous sexual activity with anything or anyone. He misses the point that the reason Gardasil is given is to protect girls against an STD that leads to high rates of uterine cancer later. There is a long term goal benefit.Most of Anderson's sermon can also be distilled down to don't go to the doctor except as a last resort and the Bible holds all the medical wisdom … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet – Part 8 Mr. Command (Turn Your Husband In For Physical Abuse – Then Take Him Back)

by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonp 120-122We are continuing in the section titled "Make Her or Break Her". And yes, it's as bad as you think. Trigger warnings for abuse. Text is in purple. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Gays are Narcissictic Child Molesters?

by Tim Bayly from Bayly Blog - Gospel Coalition Joins the Gay Celibate MovementEditor's note: This time Tim is having a tantrum over homosexual Christians that are celibate. You'd think he'd be thrilled that they are attempting to not commit (in his eyes) sin by being celibate. Oh no, he's busy equating homosexuality with child molesters and claiming both are narcissists. Another day, another disgusting ranting of a Christian homophobe. Hey, here's an idea, don't worry about the sexuality of other people and just love them like Jesus would have. His words are extra ridiculous because homosexuality has nothing to do with child molestation and these are people committed to living a … [Read more...]

How Fundamentalist Christians Ruin Christmas

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserNow that I am no longer a Christian, I really enjoy Christmas. I know this might be hard for fundamentalist Christians to believe, but I enjoy Christmas now more than I ever did when I was a card-carrying member of Club Christian®. The reason is simple. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, there were services to prepare, food drives to coördinate, and season-themed sermons to preach. Like the Easter season, Christmas was a high-stress, lots-of-work time for me. Quite frankly, I found it exhausting. Rarely did I have the time to just relax and enjoy Christmas. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Selfish Momma Dooms Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Broken CirclesEditor's note: Whew, this is the last piece in this 'let's blame everyone and the kitchen sink' for divorce before doubling down on the whole 'honor your husband even if he's a cheating drunken asshole' place Michael always goes. No matter the circumstances you can always count on the Pearls to blame and shame the mother before moving on to do the same to the children. Tell me again Mr. Pearl about the love of Jesus? … [Read more...]


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