Did I Divorce the Church?

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground Laura Parker is one of my favorite bloggers. Fact: her blog is one of the best Christian blogs around. Laura paints and tells stories in such convincing tones. Her post today “Bride and Divoce” grasped my attention. Here’s an excerpt. If the Church is really the Bride, I’ll admit I’ve wanted a divorce for a few years now.  … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Independent Women in the Bible?

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by Vaughn Ohlman from his blog True Love Doesn't Wait - Where are all the independent, unmarried women? I have been reading through the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible), and I just finished Numbers 30. This is the passage that speaks about vows made unto the Lord by the people of God. Making a vow to the Lord is a serious matter, and God takes vows made to Him extremely seriously. Christ Himself even addresses the practice of making vows unto the Lord and castigates the Jews for their foolish vows and even more for their foolish attempts to wriggle out of honoring the vows they had made. [1] … [Read more...]

Fitting In (Or Not)

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by Kristin Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's Words It seems like I've spent most of my life until recently trying to fit in, and worrying about not fitting in. When I was young, like most kids who aren't into sports, fashion or other aspects of mainstream culture, I looked for alternate groups to belong to-- and found them in high school through band and the speech team, and eventually, in the church. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Talk to Your Husband About How You Feel? Ha!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 147-148 This chapter starts out fairly tame by Debi’s standards . . . and then turns into a train reck before you have a chance to so much as blink. As a reminder, Debi is now going through the various character traits that Titus 2 instructs the older women to teach to the younger women. This installment begins Debi’s chapter titled “To Be Sober.” … [Read more...]

25 Lies My Church Told Me

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking Llama Last month in the week leading up to Christmas I and some of my friends on Twitter started our own hashtag trend, #LiesMyChurchToldMe. For two and a half days people tweeted the bewildering, puzzling, hilarious, and occasionally disturbing things that had been presented to them in church as the “plain teaching of Scripture.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Were We Even Watching the Same Program?

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by Laurie Higgins of Illinois Family Association, part of the American Family Association in an email that went out yesterday This past Sunday night's Grammy awards was a tragic freak show that demonstrated the entertainment industry's arrogance, ignorance of marriage, and disregard for children. It was a gawdy (sic) spitball hurled in the all-seeing eye of a holy God. … [Read more...]

Why Ex-Christians Don’t Trust Evangelical Christians

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward Evangelical Christians get upset when ex-Christians like me question, deflect, or reject their “love” and “friendship.” Take for example, a few comments on my recent post, When Evangelical Christians Say God speaks to Them: … [Read more...]

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Have You Found Jesus?

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How many of us have had door to door evangelists or missionaries show up on our doorstep to ask if we're found Jesus? Usually it happens when you are doing something difficult or messy, like hanging wallpaper or outside scrubbing the garbage cans out while not at your best. … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of Faith

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking Llama There is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied. As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane—as a means of inciting evil . . . there may be no more potent force than religion. When the subject of religiously inspired bloodshed comes up, many Americans immediately think of Islamic fundamentalism, which is to be expected in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. But men have been committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities, and extremists exist within all religions . . . Plenty of these religious extremists … [Read more...]

Love & Death in the House of Prayer (A Rolling Stone Expose)

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By Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog  The Talking Llama Hello, everyone. I’m back from a month-long blogging break. The big story of the day is this investigative piece by Jeff Tietz for Rolling Stone Magazine about the cult I was in and the loss of my best friend. He does an excellent job of explaining how the group formed and how it all went wrong, and paints a beautiful picture of Bethany as she was known to those who truly loved her. … [Read more...]


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