Part 1 – Is It Possible To Be A Sex-Positive Christian?

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons If you’ve spent any time in feminist circles, you’ve probably bumped into the termsex-positive. It gets thrown around a bit, and one thing I’ve noticed is that it can occasionally be difficult to nail down what the writer/speaker means when they use it, so I’m going to offer a definition for what I mean when I use it. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Publicly Complain About “The Church”

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by Whitney Capps of Proverbs 31 Ministries at Faith It - An Open Letter to All the People Writing (and Sharing) Open Letters About What's Wrong With The ChurchEditor's note: Clearly this woman doesn't understand that what 'The Church' and many Christians have been doing has wreaked havoc, caused pain and damaged many of those same people that are writing about what is wrong with the Church. It's not 'whining'. it's not 'complaining', it's an attempt to deal with what has happened to those who are deeply wounded to heal and make sure no one else is harmed in the same way. How is that wrong? … [Read more...]

A Film That Helps Us Understand Why Pearl Becomes Appealing: How do parents get caught up in extreme practices?

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceA few years ago, I attended a professional conference that dealt with addiction which featured John Bradshaw as one of the speakers. I didn't like his old PBS series on codependency and families, but in recent years, I've found his lectures and books enlightening. He points out well, much like Alice Miller does, that corporal punishment in particular destroys critical thinking and makes a person ripe for manipulation. In a talk, much of which referred back to his own history of abuse, he ended up mentioningFocus on the Family and Richard Fugate as examples of ideologues who recommend abusive practices in their books. I approa … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Courtship Isn’t Spiritual But It Is Sexual?

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by Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog from 'His Hand in Marriage' as quoted by Vaughn Ohlman at his blog True Love Doesn't Wait - Courtship: That Volatile Sexual RelationshipEditor's note: This is one of those few times I don't entirely disagree with Vaughn Ohlman. Yes, sexual attraction and chemistry exist and they do play an important part in marriage and who we chose to marry. But life outside the Fundamentalist Christian Bubble is just not as sexually charged and focused as it is inside. Most people don't walk around thinking about sex all the time, unless they are a certain sort of sexually repressed Christian man. … [Read more...]

Why Most Americans are Christian

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser Ask a Christian for the reason most Americans are Christian and you will likely get some sort of theological explanation, complete with a personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. However, is this really the reason most Americans are Christians? Is it really all about theology and relationship? Perhaps there is another explanation. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Be Careful What You Read?

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by  Mrs. W. A. Carbone as posted by the Botkin Sisters at Visionary Daughters - Christian Romance NovelsEditor's note: This was originally published back in 2006 at Visionary Daughters. While I know Christian romance novels must exist somewhere are they a common thing? This sounds like it's harmless escapist fantasy literature. Is escapism literature really a sin or a much needed break occasionally from endless laundry and child rearing?  Thoughts? … [Read more...]

Real World Consequences of the Doctrine of Hell

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground I am a hopeful universalist. I believe God will force no one into hell against their will, and I am hopeful that God’s love will ultimately overcome everyone and all will freely choose to worship him over living outside God’s presence. I have written before about why I personally rejected hell here and here.  But today, I want to mention a real world consequence of teaching people that they are going to hell. I follow New Tribes Mission’s blog because I am in interested in ethnic groups. New Tribes Mission is a conservative missions organization who works with unreached people groups in other countries. I have never been apart of NTM … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What Do You Do When There Are No Good Choices?

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by Shannon, a guest post at Adeye's blog No Greater Joy Mom - Worth ItEditor's note: Went to Adeye Salem's blog this morning to see how close the Salems were to doing their frozen embryo implantation - two days now - and found this heartbreaking story of one of Adeye's friends carrying and delivering a baby she'd already been told would not live beyond a few minutes after birth because the baby had not developed a brain beyond a rudimentary brain stem. Shannon and her husband made the decision to carry the baby as close to term as possible instead of terminating the pregnancy. That's their choice, and they are free to make it, obviously, but then Shannon decided to decry those that chose … [Read more...]

Introduction – ‘Be Fruitful and Multiply’ Review

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NLQ Book Review of Nancy Campbell’s “Be Fruitful & Multiply” by Suzanne TitkemeyerNow Nancy starts trying to explain the main focus of her book - that God wants everyone to marry and have enough children to qualify for the the hit list of the zero population growth organization.Here are the three things that Nancy says are the traditional reasons to marry as laid out by wedding vows ... Firstly, it was ordained for the increase of mankind, according to the will of God and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord and to the praise of His holy name.Secondly, it was ordained in order that the natural instinct and affections, implanted by God, should … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Only Christian Men Are Caring Fathers?

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by Robert Murray M'Cheyne as quoted by Stephanus Blignaut at Go Tell My People - Governing Your FamilyEditor's note: Granted, this was written during M'Cheyne's life time, the early 1800s, but it seems to be that same train of thought that many in Evangelical Christianity and Quiverfull still cling to, that an 'unsaved' father and man has no care or love for their family, which is a complete lie. Religious thought that is a falsehood does no one any good.  … [Read more...]


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