The “Feminization” of the Church

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIn recent years a lot of people have been talking about why in most Christian churches there is an approximately 60-40 ratio of women to men.  This 2006 Biola Magazine article puts it like this: There are generally more women than men in every type of church, in every part of the world. . .A traditional explanation is that women are more spiritual than men. But the leaders of [a new masculinity] movement suggest that the church’s music, messages and ministries cater to women. . . The result of this feminization is that many men, even Christian men, view churches as “ladies clubs” and don’t go — or they often go to please their … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Not Enough to Pray and Read the Bible?

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by Colin Campbell of Above Rubies. From Meat For Men - The Anointing Test Part 5Editor's note: According to Mr. Campbell it's not enough to simply believe, pray, read your Bible and try to emulate Jesus. Everyone else needs to be able to 'see' that God is walking with you. Is this not putting extra rules on the simple truth of the Gospel? This is exactly the type of high demand behavior tactics that cults use.  … [Read more...]

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Guilt, the Essence of Evangelical Christianity

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhat would the Evangelical Christianity be without guilt?Guilt, despite what preachers say, is the engine that powers the Evangelicalism.Often preachers will try to hide guilt by giving it other names like conviction. But no matter how they try to hide it, guilt plays a prominent part in the day-to-day lives of those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ.Think about it for a moment. The Bible presents God as a righteous, holy, judging, wrathful, deity. In the Old Testament this God was unapproachable except by a  few chosen people. People who got too close wound up dead. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: God’s Slave?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - A Love SlaveEditor's note: Nancy seems to think that being a wife and mother is a sort of slavery instead of an expression of free will and love in our lives. How does that fit with her idea that being a mother and wife is the highest honor and only role for a woman? … [Read more...]

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The Impact of Parental Values and Opinions on Educational Outcomes: My Perspective

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemThe impact of attitudes towards education, especially higher education, and its impact on adult life, has recently come up in discussion in the home school survivor community. We all have different experiences and heard variations of different messages while growing up in homeschooling families. Here is my experience: … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: No Touching Anyone You’re Not Married To?

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by Dr. Peter Masters as published in the Metropolitan Tabernacle (London, England - IFB affiliated) publication  The Sword and Trowel 2012 - Mutual Debts in Marriage Editor's note: Ran across this piece on one of the many Facebook recovery groups. This article has some pretty appalling ideas of what 'debts' are owed between spouses in a marriage. … [Read more...]

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It Was a Friday

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsOne year ago. It was a Friday. Last year it was the last day of school before we were to go on Christmas break. This year, while today is a Friday, we will have school for two days next week. So, it’s not quite the same. Yet today is much like that Friday one year ago.On that day, my husband was trying to set up a meeting with church leadership to discuss the spiritually abusive treatment I had received for over a decade and the leadership’s angry response when they found out that I had broken their mandate to keep quiet about what they had done to me all of those years. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Stay in Abusive Marriage?

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by Mary Pride from The Way Home as published on Homeschoolers Anonymous - Mary Pride: Don't Divorce Your Drunk, Raging HusbandEditors note: R.L. Stollar is reading this book so you don't have to. It was the original call to women to return home from the workplace to be full time wives and mothers and embrace the theology of Quiverfull before Quiverfull even had a name. … [Read more...]

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It’s a New Year, and it’s Going to be Perfect (Because I Said So)

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by Nora Woodhouse cross posted from her blog A Heart Like Mine originally posted on 12-27-13 It's a couple days after Christmas and we are about to come into the New Year. I don't know about you but it's about this time of year where I start to feel an urge to plan for next year, and all the awesome things I am going to do, how much self change I want to set out to attain and how this New Year will be perfect. Cue the obsessive scrolling of Pinterest and creating boards and New Years resolutions left and right. I think "oh won't this be wonderful" and get a sort of New Years resolution happiness spike that will eventually result in a crash, burn and lots of tears. Perhaps even a wallop o … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Do It Or Else?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - It's A CommandEditor's note: Just about every single time we share something by Nancy Campbell it reads in my mind 'The beatings will continue until morale improves'. Today is much of the same, fear tactics combined with heaping 'Not Good Enough' on the heads of the poor deluded mothers that take her utterances seriously. … [Read more...]

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