Quoting Quiverfull: Depression & Suicide

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Rick Warren from Saddleback Church It was a lifelong battle lost, despite consultation with top doctors, counseling, medication and floods of prayer. Despite all that, Warren wrote. "this was an illness that was never fully controlled and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life." … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Linda Hyles Murphrey

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by Jenny WeberA guest post cross posted from Jenny's blog I'm Having A Thought HereTRIGGER WARNING! This might trigger those of you struggling to recover from abuse heaped on by former church members and clergyDear Linda:You open your open letter to the dear past and present members of First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, by stating simply: “You were my father’s first love.” … [Read more...]

The Most Blaring Contradiction Of All

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by Cindy Foster Recently, I read a poignantly and transparently written post at ‘Stuff Fundies Like’ titled “Pining for the Leeks and Garlic”.  Anyone with knowledge of the Old Testament accounts of Moses and the Children of Israel’s 40 year wilderness journey will immediately recognize the title’s significance.I’ve followed SFL … [Read more...]

Religious Trauma Syndrome

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by CaluluSeveral days ago a link to an article written by Valerie Tarico at Alternet.org arrived on my Facebook page. The piece was about a newly named syndrome - RTS - Religious Trauma Syndrome and … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: My Contribution

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by Kristen RosserThis coming week Wine and Marble, Joy in this Journey and Shaney Irene will be hosting a Spiritual Abuse Awareness synchroblog.  Many bloggers will be posting one blog a day for several days, describing their own experiences … [Read more...]

Personal Values and Quiverfull Social Guilt

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by Becoming WorldlySo I’ve been thinking a lot about guilt and shame lately. I think they are important components used to control people’s actions, particularly in the kind of movement I grew up in. I’m sure lots of people have more … [Read more...]

Standing Up to Spiritual Abusers via Social Media Today #WhoWouldJesusSue

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by Vyckie Garrison Survivors of spiritual abuse are making a push today to call attention to the outrageous tactics employed by pastors and other religious leaders to silence their victims - specifically, we're calling attention to Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Grenier’s lawsuit against his adult stepson, Alex Grenier who came forward to report that he was physically abused by Bob Grenier after Bob … [Read more...]

We are not the enemies of our best selves

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by SierraI’ve spent the past few years very plugged in to social justice media. When I get my news, for good or ill, it’s about the progress or regress of the social issues I care about. The rest of the time, I don’t pay attention. Issues that don’t elicit an intellectual or emotional response in me don’t rise to the surface, because they don’t show up on the blogs I read or the … [Read more...]

Shedding The Burqa: Part 1

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by Cindy FosterIt would be the last sermon we would ever endure as members of the Baptist Taliban.We hadn’t planned for it to be, even though by that time, we were painfully aware that our leaving was inevitable. It was just a matter of how and when. My husband already … [Read more...]

My Wish-I-Hadn’ts

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by Kristen RosserI have, over the course of years that I've been a Christian, changed the way I think about a large number of things.  Some of the beliefs I used to hold caused me to treat people (or even myself) in ways that I'm sure now were not what Jesus wanted.  Though I'm sure I have His grace … [Read more...]


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