Eight Years Later Part One

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOn the last Sunday of November 2008, my wife and I attended a Christian worship service for the last time. Over the months prior to this, Polly and I spent numerous hours talking about what we believed about God, Jesus, and the Bible. We also spent numerous hours talking about the vapid emptiness of churches and how they were little more than social clubs. Our leftward move politically — we had just voted for Barack Obama — caused us to see Christianity in a different light. While we certainly knew of a handful of churches that were committed to liberal and progressive ideals, these kind of churches were no … [Read more...]

Nuclear War and the Prince of Peace

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser“I am against war, against violence, against violent revolution, for peaceful settlement of differences, for nonviolent but nevertheless radical changes. Change is needed, and violence will not really change anything: at most it will only transfer power from one set of bull-headed authorities to another.” … [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...]

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...]

Are Children Born Atheists?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserRecent discussions on Fundamentalist Tony Breeden’s deconstruction of my life have revealed that I need to clarify something I wrote several years ago in the series titled From Evangelicalism to Atheism. In Part Two of the series, I said: One of the questions I am often asked is, Why did you become an Evangelical or Why did you become an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist?This is the wrong question. The real question is, how could I NOT have become an Evangelical or Independent Fundamentalist Baptist?Every child born into this world is an atheist. Not one of them knows one thing about god or religi … [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...]

The Story – Part 4

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalThe Shunning  This ‘discipline‘ as it turned out was not discipline at all, but punishment which had the appearance of one acting to satisfy his wrath against those who resisted or opposed him.  He actually commanded the whole church to SHUN  these young people for varying periods of time from 2 weeks to 6 weeks according to the severity of their ‘crimes’.  There was only one given 6 weeks, and that was for making the statement about his not disciplining them unless he disciplined the others.  This he said was the worst offense of all because that person was, “Making an accusation against a pastor without witnesses”.  This per … [Read more...]

Part 2 – The Story

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental  THE CHURCH WE BECAMEPaul and I began to be much more attracted to the teachings of ‘old-fashioned’ preachers and evangelists who seemed to be having great success in raising ‘Godly’, obedient, adoring children.  We frequented camp meetings where these preachers and evangelists could be heard.  They were loud, passionate and charismatic pulpiteers who knew how to deliver powerful sermons and lure audiences to surrender.  … [Read more...]

Part 1 – The Story

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental REASONSIn order to add some context to the articles I have written on this blog I want to designate a page to summarize our story from beginning to end.   It is my hope, as it has always been, to expose not only the wrongs that The Preacher was guilty of, but to own the actual wrongs we committed as opposed to what The Preacher has stated publicly using skilled innuendo and out-right public accusations. … [Read more...]

The Costs of Quiverfull Part 1 – Open Letter to Quiverfull Readers

by Suzanne TitkemeyerOne of the realizations I've come to over NLQ recently is that there are a lot of women still in the Quiverfull movement that come visit and read at this site. I admit I haven't exactly been nice or welcoming to them, generally running them off the comments the minute they say something nasty. I'll continue to moderate the comments and enforce the safe space there for those in recovery, but at the same time I cannot help but feel we need to somehow be more open to those still choosing to be part of the movement. What we can do is continue to point out the poisonous nature of that theology. This is the first part of a series of posts aimed at showing the reality of … [Read more...]