Redeeming Love: Part 6 – God and Family

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.com Plot Summary:Michael realizes he’s been incredibly bad at actually taking care of Angel. He takes her to Sacramento, where he buys her fabric for clothes. He takes her to church, where she has a panic attack. On the way back to the farm, they meet a family in a broken wagon. Michael offers to let them stay in his cabin, informs Angel they’ll be sleeping in the barn. Angel has a flashback to when Duke had her sterilized.*** … [Read more...]

Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets – Music

Found this on Facebook in a group discussing how much control Bill Gothard and his Institute of Basic Life Principles exerted over his followers. It's a page from one of the Wisdom Booklets that NLQ blogger Mel has yet to cover - why all Christian music that is not an old hymn is a sin. I guess Gothard doesn't realize that most of the hymns from the 1700 and 1800s were new lyrics coupled with the melodies of drinking songs and tunes played in the taverns of the time. … [Read more...]

Can Video Games Turn Us Into Misogynists?

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.ComFor most of my life I didn’t consider myself a “gamer,” mostly because I had an incredibly narrow understanding of what a gamer could be. I was usually more interested in books and film than I was in video games, so I didn’t think I was “allowed” to describe myself as a gamer. Over time I changed my mind. … [Read more...]

Is It a Sin to Kiss My Boyfriend?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEvery day, without fail, women somewhere in the world search for “is it a sin to kiss my boyfriend?” Thanks to the post, Hey Girlfriend: Is it a Sin to Kiss Your Boyfriend?, this blog is the number one Google search result. I can’t remember the last time I looked at search logs and didn’t see a handful of female visitors coming to this site to find out whether it is okay to swap spit with their boyfriends. I say female visitors, because I’ve never seen someone come to my site as a result of a “is it a sin to kiss my girlfriend” web search. … [Read more...]

The Reluctant Mother – A Drastic Change of Heart

by Joe Sand cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection My little baby sister recently wrote the following love note to her new daughter.  The note really hit home with me because I have gone through much of what she describes.   Enjoy the read: … [Read more...]

Jesus Did All of This For YOU!

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: Trigger warning for anyone that cannot handle snark against popular Evangelical ideas.Warning! Lots of snark ahead. Easily offended Christians have been warned! From the Isaiah 53:5 Project blog. My comments are indented and in italics. … [Read more...]

The Corpsepaint Show Interview of Bruce Gerencser

Cross posted from Bruce Gerencser's blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI recently had the privilege of appearing via Skype on The Corpsepaint Show.  Hosted by Jay Gavit, The Corpsepaint Show primarily covers the heavy metal music scene, so I can easily understand them wanting to interview a metalhead such as myself. (You should be laughing right now.) … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – How Can I Be More Clean/Organized?

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 1 … [Read more...]

The Emotional Effects of Divorcing God

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEvangelicals-turned-atheists are often accused by Christian zealots of being angry and/or bitter. The goal is to dismiss the intellectual reasons people deconvert, painting former Evangelicals as emotionally damaged goods. By doing this, Evangelicals are free to say things such as, you are just mad at God or my all-time favorite, someone hurt you. Of course, this argument works both ways. Few Christian converts convert solely for intellectual reasons. I have heard hundreds of salvation testimonies, and every one of them had an … [Read more...]

Stomping on Eggshells – On White Fragility and Speaking Up

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comEditor's note: Not exactly in the Quiverfull or Evangelical wheelhouse but something important to ponder in the days post-election when we're just about to end up with the second highest political position in the land being filled with a Quiverfull Evangelical.It’s been two weeks since the election, and I’ve been struggling to find something to say. Somehow life has to keep moving, we have to keep going … but it’s difficult to come here and continue reviewing Redeeming Love when it feels like the entire world is going up in flames. On the other hand I don’t want to continue re-iterating what you’re likely seeing through … [Read more...]