News: Joel Osteen, Briston Palin & Steven Anderson: When Cults Attack


Already it's been an interesting start to the week of news in the world of Quiverfull and associated parts of Christianity. Plus it is only Monday. No telling what exactly this week holds.First up: Members of the cult-esque Church of Wells interrupted Joel Osteen's sermon at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas yesterday. While this might not necessarily be big news, it was surprising who the hecklers are. Church of Wells has been embroiled in controversy in the past. Remember the Arkansas woman, Catherine Grove, and her parents concern when she disappeared into the Church of Wells community and was no longer able to communicate with anyone? … [Read more...]

Evangelical Mega-Churches Using Facial Recognition Software to Keep Track of Parishioners

Image by Bruce Gerencser used with permission

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: While this is not directly Quiverfull related it's a creepy privacy-invading new thing in mega churches with possible frighting implications and usages. Excerpt from Why Are Churches Using Creepy Face Recognition Technology? by Valerie Tarico: Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software that scans the congregation and records who showed up. Churchix is a product of Skakash LLC, which sells Face-Six for law enforcement, border control, and commercial applications. According to CEO Moshe Greenshpan, in the 4 months since the … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Do Quiverfulls So Tightly Control Who Their Children Marry?


This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.During a recent sweep through the websites which seek to further the Quiverfull agenda I landed on the Botkin sisters page -- Visionary Daughters. There have been fewer and fewer updates there in the last few years as the girls get older and are still unmarried. The only daughters in this family of Quiverfull enforcers are still unmarried at thirty and thirty two years old. Surprising after all the years of propaganda about preparing for marriage at their page. Yet there are no marriages or suitors coming for them that anyone can see. If the aim of … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Charleston

Image of Emmanuel Church Steeple from Defeating The Dragons

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons If you haven’t heard about what happened in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night, here’s a brief summary: A white man walked into a Bible study at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church– which is one of the oldest black congregations in the country and is an icon of the Abolitionist and Civil Rights movements– and sat in the service for an hour before shooting and killing nine black people, mostly women, while saying “I have to do it. You rape our women and are taking over our country and you have to go.” This white man has confessed to the terrorist attack and told the police that he “wanted to start a … [Read more...]

False Start

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by PropinquaEditor's note: This is another in our series of articles written by anonymous authors that are not linked to any blog.The Josh Duggar saga has raised lots of disturbing questions about the scope of child sexual abuse. How bad does it have to be, to rate the label of abuse? If the victim is unaware of the predator’s actions or intent, should the predator be excused? In the Duggar case, little girls were involved, and the damage to them has been denied and hidden. While no one wants to force survivors to relive child sexual abuse, that unwillingness stands in the way of helping the survivors themselves come to terms with what happened to them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Christian Economic Abuse is A-Okay With Jesus?


by Biblical Gender Roles from his blog Biblical Gender Roles – Can a Christian husband deny his wife equal access to his income?Editor's note: Now Mr. BGR is trying to claim that how a man handles the family finances has nothing to do with economic abuse when it clearly is economic abuse he's advocating to use as leverage to get sex anytime he wants it. Sounds like the flawed logic a super sexually frustrated teenage boy would come up with. He'd be better off with a prostitute, someone who does have to do as he says or he can withhold payment. … [Read more...]

Answering “Preparing To Be A Help Meet” – How Do I Wait And Honor The Lord Through My Waiting?


Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 18 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Christian Economic Abuse is A-Okay With Jesus?


by Biblical Gender Roles from his blog Biblical Gender Roles – Can a Christian husband deny his wife equal access to his income?Editor's note: According to this guy the pastor is the judge, jury and almost executioner in all matters involving marital disputes. This isn't very fair to either spouse or even the pastor. Most pastors have better things to do than verbally spank people with the Bible for behaving badly. Why does a woman need the pastor's permission to leave someone that is clearly participating in economic abuse against her? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Training Your Wife?


by Heath Stoner from The Trailer Club - The Gentlemen's Guide To Training Your WifeEditor's note: Not sure that The Trailer Club is necessarily 'Quiverfull' but they are certainly complementarian and patriarchal. While these methods of training are still better than anything proposed by Michael Pearl it's still a harmful unhealthy idea to think that your spouse needs to be 'trained' in the first place. Some of these ideas are uglier than three day old fried chicken. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Never Worry About Providing For Your Kids?


by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies Magazine – Is God Able to Provide For Another Baby?Editor's note: Oh so now we're supposed to plant a garden on top of all the other 'supposed to dos' Nancy throws in. She tries to shoot down each and every objection to gardening and throws in a ton of scriptures to support the crap she's spewing trying to add additional burdens to already busy mothers.  While having a garden is usually a good thing, there's just no way that would work for everyone and should never be a 'must do' thing.  Unless, of course, you have a fleet of adopted children from Africa that you can set out there weeding and picking bugs off your crops. Right, Nancy? … [Read more...]