The Anatomy of an Unaccredited Christian School

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser(Editor's note: We talk here about the dangers of homeschooling in the Quiverfull world here at NLQ but we're not examined what happens at these church schools affiliated with fundamental Christian sects.)Originally written in 2014In this post, I want to take a look at State Line Christian School, an unaccredited fundamentalist Christian school that is operated under the auspices of the Lewis Ave Baptist Church in Temperance, Michigan. I know nothing about this school or church, and everything I write in this post has been gleaned from the church’s or school’s website. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Making Jokes Leads To Infidelity?

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by Ben Reaoch from John Piper's Desiring God - Life Is Short, Love Your SpouseEditor's note: While most of the advice on how to avoid having an affair is reasonable and good this little bit about humor is just sort of out there. I'm always amazed at the situations that extreme Christians claim can cause you to fall into sin. If every single thing on this planet causes you to sin then what options do you have? Infidelity is a conscience choice, not some random event that happens to you without your permission. Man up about the reality of it please. … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why is a Man’s Infidelity Always The Wife’s Fault?

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This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.One of the sadder things that has happened after Josh Duggar's infidelity was exposed is the number of Christians expressing the idea that a wife is always responsible when the husband has sex with someone else during their marriage. It's an idea that has been mentioned even in the mainstream media, that poor heartbroken betrayed Anna Duggar is going to be blaming herself and it's likely the entire family will blame her. Like she doesn't have enough trauma and pain in her life this unBiblical theology point is going to add to that. It's already … [Read more...]

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Tim Keller on the Meaning of the Sex Act in Marriage: A Virtual Dialogue With Shirley Taylor Part 1

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceSpiritual Sounding Board (SSB) just cross-posted my weekend commentary on Anna Duggar and the scapegoating that "spread your legs theology" doles out to women.    Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd swiftly proved my thesis on Sunday.I read that the Dugggars "identify" with Floyd's church where their daughter Jill married, though I understand that they often choose to worship at home as well.  By the time that the church deleted the online podcast of Floyd's sermon, the lion's share of the material had been reproduced by a host of journalists and bloggers, noting the manner in which their religion blames wives … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Are Women in Law Enforcement Wrong?

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by John Piper from Ask Pastor John at Desiring God - Should Women Be Police Officers?Editor's note: He never really answers the defining question. Instead he tells the same tale he did a few weeks earlier about women civil engineers and direct/indirect command so I left out that part since it's an almost word for word exact same thing he already said. Instead here's his definitions of manhood and womanhood as they are in the home and workplace. It's still confusing, sounding like he's ready to say women should not be officers of the law but waffling around it instead of honestly saying what he thinks. What do you think? … [Read more...]

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“Lies Women Believe” Review: 45 – 62

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comThis chapter of Lies Women Believe (lies we believe “About God”) illustrates rather perfectly what I was talking about in my last post– how Christians taught me that my own heart can’t be trusted because it’s hell-bent on deceiving me. Nancy spends a lot of time laying the groundwork for the rest of the book, which is primarily the idea that your life experience cannot be trusted.But, before we get to that, let’s begin with something I agree with her on: … [Read more...]

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Answering “Preparing To Be A Help Meet” – Am I Flirting Or Not?

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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...]

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Jesus As Our Exemplar of Healthy Masculinity

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by Shoshon Tama-Sweet cross posted from Christian Patriarchal Watch List For ParentsEditor's  note: This post is written as a Christian response to the Michael Pearls and Biblical Gender Roles guys of this world. Yes, it's from a Christian perspective.thoughts by a Christian guy working around the world on global gender issues..."As men, and men who are Christ followers, we have a LOT of work to do to understand what our Godly calling is, how we understand ourselves, and how we treat women. At its heart, this work is a work of the imagination: we must re-imagine who we are, and who God intends us to be, as men, and as men in relationship to women. Doing this work is very very … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Only Marry Women That Want Children?

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by Pastor Stephen Kim from his blog NYC Pastor - 10 Women Christian Men Should Not MarryEditor's note: We shared parts of this post back in January when it was first written. But upon rereading it this bit about women marrying must have children seems insulting and belittling. Not every married couple wants children and not everyone should have them. Not everyone should have kids and no one should ever have a child who doesn't actually want one. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Godly Response To Emotional Abuse?

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by Rick Thomas from Rick Thomas.net - Emotional Abuse:  Its origins, its cureEditor's note: Another perfect example of why the evangelical and fundamentalist Christian crowds are so toxic to those struggling with depression, spiritual abuse issues, verbal abuse and issues dealing with human emotions. Thomas claims that what we call emotional abuse is sin and that it is not causing real damage, that we must respond to the person 'sinning' against us with love, forgiveness and scripture. What a victim-blaming, self-righteous, unhelpful load of hog wash! If someone is abusing you in any fashion the best thing to do is to leave the abuser, get far away from them and their attempts to hurt … [Read more...]

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