Missing Out on Life When Jesus Owns You

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserYe are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. (1 Corinthians 7:23)Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. (Philippians 3:8) … [Read more...]

NLQ Question on the Week: Why Do Women Willingly Join Quiverfull?

This is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice. … [Read more...]

Part 1 – Living Happily in ‘Plan B’

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental God had this perfect plan.   Let’s call it His ‘Plan A’.   It included creating a perfect world, perfect living creatures, perfect food, perfect environment and a perfect man with whom to commune.  Included in His plan was to create a perfect woman for His perfect man, and enjoy the goodness of all He made.  It was perfect in every way. … [Read more...]

The Psychological Cost of Dying to Self and Deflecting the Praise of Others

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: This seems to be a common problem with people coming out of high demand religious groups in general. Once you get the idea into your head that you are lowly and worthless except in your relationship to God it's hard to take any praise of men.While I have been able to shake off much of the psychological damage done to me by my Evangelical upbringing, Bible college training, and the 25 years I spent in the ministry, several pernicious, frustrating problems remain — my inability to see myself as someone capable of doing good things and my inability to accept the praise of others. … [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...]

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...]

The Day After Tomorrow

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comI spent last night deliberately avoiding the election results because I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it. Instead I spent the evening watching Suffragette and season six of The Good Wife. Both Handsome and I had a terrible sense of foreboding watching the story of women fighting and dying for the right to vote. I had high hopes that watching Suffragette would be prophetic, a good omen on the eve of electing our first woman President, that my hope could stave off the fear and dread I felt. … [Read more...]

Open Thread Election Day

The place to discuss this election and what you think on this historic day of voting.Voted earlier today and saw a large turnout of Hispanic and African Americans for a change. No violence. Everything orderly and nice. No nasty threats, even the Trump supporters were behaving nicely. How about you? … [Read more...]

The Women Fighting Back

NLQ Founder Vyckie Garrison and NLQ Admin Suzanne Titkemeyer were recently interviewed by Dylan Brethour for Vice.com about their time in the Quiverfull movement: Former member Suzanne explains: "Quiverfull families believe that they have to trust the Lord with their family planning... It's based off the idea that God intends to fill your quiver and blessed is the man whose quiver is full of arrows." Another ex-member, Vyckie Garrison, calls Quiverfull "pro-life rhetoric on steroids". I spoke to both women about why they joined, life as a true believer, and what finally pushed them to leave. … [Read more...]