When Church Hurts: Part 5

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsFor a few years, I had the privilege of serving in my church in several ways. I took classes, my husband and I took care of a significant portion of the landscape (which had been sorely neglected) – creating sacred spaces for people to find quiet time with the Lord, and I assisted with preparing food for Sunday morning fellowship. I also had the opportunity to teach classes over our final year there. … [Read more...]

When Church Hurts Part 4

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsDuring all of these years, I would come to church, sit four or five rows from the pulpit, right on the center aisle, and listen to Elliot and others preach grace, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. Elliot preached and preached. I wept and wept openly. I could not sing. I could not so much as close my eyes in prayer. I could not stand for the blessing at the end of the service. I knew that no matter how much Elliot preached those words to everyone else in the congregation, they were not for me. And I would email him and tell him as much. Without response. … [Read more...]

So I Was Spiritually Abused, What Next?: PTSD – I am a Living Wound

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Lisa Kerr from My Cult Life and the Lisa Kerr blog put up a blog posting a few weeks ago about a book excerpt in Vanity Fair magazine's most current issue.The book that is being featured in that issue is Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Learning. It will be published within the month and can be pre-ordered at Amazon right now. … [Read more...]

When Church Hurts: Part 2

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsSpeaking out against wrongs being perpetrated in the church . . . that was my most egregious sin.  And because of it, I had lies told about me, people eavesdropped on my conversations, and I received hate mail from a group of people telling me that I was a terrible person.My only response was to continue talking occasionally to the lay leader of the church, Denise, and to send Elliot  my questions and thoughts in emails – often asking if we could meet to talk, but never getting a response. At one point (perhaps more than one but only one I know about), Elliot shared my emails with the consistory and they wrote a letter telling me th … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Change Your Attitude Woman!

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - What's Your Attitude? … [Read more...]

Laughter is Good Medicine: How Playing Good Christian Housewife Almost Killed Me Debunked!

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They used to say in music that when Weird Al parodied your song you'd officially 'made' it. I guess the same might be true in Christianity when Landover Baptist (a parody site) turns their gaze to you. This week Landover pubished two very humorous takes on Vyckie's speech "The Good Patriarch" Posting both below. The first was on the front page of Landover earlier in the week before going to the archives in the forums. … [Read more...]

When Church Hurts: Part 1

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsPlease welcome Ellen to NLQ and the SASBN!I came to our most recent church as broken as I thought I could possibly be. I even remember thinking, “What more could they possibly do to me that would hurt me? It’s all been done.”How wrong I was. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Backpedaling Furiously From Vision Forum?

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Quoted from Jennifer McBride's blog Noble Womanhood - The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth: A Follow Up Response to Michael FarrisI know the news of HSLDA distancing its self from patriarchy is old news at this point, but this is one of the few blogs I've seen in the Quiverfull/Evangelical/Patriarchy sphere that has spoken out against Farris. Jennifer is quoting Michael Farris of HSLDA from his statement distancing HSLDA from patriarchy and Vision Forum. I would recommend reading her entire posting as she seems to be very bent out of shape that Farris dared to deviate from the Vision Forum stance on the place of women. Wonder how many 'True Christians'(tm) are cancelling … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sacrificing Everything For Your Family?

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by Jennifer M. McBride from her book 'Queen of the Home' as posted on her blog Noble Womanhood … [Read more...]

Reunion

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIn the early 1980s I was in college, living on fraternity/sorority row.  But it wasn't a sorority house.  It was the local branch of Maranatha Christian Churches/Campus Ministries founded by Bob and Rose Weiner.  As I have described here and here, Maranatha was a Christian group with strong authoritarian control.   We lived in the Maranatha House and went to church in the meeting room of that house, and we slept on the sleeping porches on the third floor and tried to get our homework done or hold down our jobs, despite endless outreach meetings, prayer meetings and other Maranatha obligations. … [Read more...]


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