The Night We Were Persecuted

This column will change your life: brainwashing

by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaThe body of Christ on this campus is under assault tonight,” said Tyler Deaton. “And I’ve called on God to summon a legion of angels, but I also know that the most effective prayers come from God’s people in unity.”November 2008. It was almost the end of my last semester at Southwestern. Within a few weeks Tyler and Bethany and I would be graduating. … [Read more...]

Fighting the Doctrine of Worthlessness

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection Let's toss out the Bible. Ah...now I've lost a bunch of you. That's okay, I know you'll keep reading in order to strengthen your beliefs, so I'll just hope that my words "won't come back void." Yep...two can play at this game.You've heard it said, "A little leaven leavens (or leaveneth for you KJV types keeping score) the whole lump." This phrase comes from the Apostle Paul, encouraging the new Christian church to dump those that were naughty. Kick them out. Excommunicate them, if you will. The idea was that the naughty member would, in time, permeate the rest of the church, making them all naughty. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: So You Are Important Enough For Satan to Steal Your Socks to Keep You From Church?

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by Betsy Childs posted at Ladies Against Feminism and originally posted at The Gospel Coalition - Scargoyle Attacks the Family My dear Moldwhistle,I received your letter of acceptance, and I am pleased to know that you will be joining my team in service to Our Father Below. I have heard from your last supervisor that you are a devious fellow who would value the chance to work for a master tempter. With all due modesty, I believe I can give you that opportunity. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Questions, Questions

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From TV Watch: Michelle Duggar speaking of her teenaged bulimia and dating Jim Bob Duggar to promote the new book and a new season of "19 Kids and Counting".This is a slightly different Quoting Quiverfull: While I think it's admirable that Michelle Duggar has both beaten bulimia and been open and honest about her struggle I have to ask our readers if a) a teenaged boyfriend is really an ideal accountability partner for a serious condition and b) why all the dating that led to a successful marriage yet they only approve courtship for their children? … [Read more...]

Fear

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardFear…an emotion experienced in anticipation of pain or danger.  An anxious feeling. Uneasy. Apprehensive.We all have experienced fear before. Sometimes our fear is rational and other times it is not. I fear flying on an airplane. I know that my fear is irrational. I have read all the statistics and I know other modes of transportation are safer, but I am still not going to get on an airplane.  I have other fears that are quite rational, like fear of falling.Yesterday, a Christian commenter had to this to say about their grandfather: … [Read more...]

Why miscarriage matters when you’re pro-life

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From the blog The Lewis Note written by Rachel Lewis(Editors note: Saw this piece today and realized that there are many here who have suffered the pain of a lost pregnancy and likely were treated poorly by their brothers and sisters in Christ during that terrible time. Sharing here not because of the 'pro-life' aspect, but more towards helping people heal. Sometimes Christians get it more right than wrong, this is one of those pieces. I'm taking the author at her word that it is alright to share this.)Back in my former life, I was a proofreader. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Evangelising Via Fertility

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by Kelly Crawford from old-paths.com and Generation Cedar - Fertility: It is Evangelism! I’ve been talking about this for a long time, and will continue to.  The common misunderstanding about God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” is that reproduction is a private choice, affecting only the private lives of each family (therefore, “stay out of my business”). … [Read more...]

Pensacola Christian College and Sexual Abuse Victims

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I’ve never named the college I attended for undergrad– not here, not anywhere else online. I have never brought it up here on my blog because I didn’t want it to become about the specific place I went to college. The problems that exist there exist at most other fundamentalist colleges, and I didn’t want anyone pigeonholing me. I was also  trying to avoid the harassment I personally know comes with critiquing this college in public. … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Seeker King

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by Suzanne cross posted from her blog Seeking The Light The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley by Gary TilleryBefore opening up this book I thought I knew everything there was to be known in the public realm about Elvis Presley. After all, I grew up in the Deep South, and the Deep South is still a place where the shadow of Elvis looms like a rock and roll Jesus. My mother loved Elvis and my father wasn't a fan of his. I grew up in the 1960s, surrounded by the music of Elvis Presley courtesy of my mother keeping Elvis Presley records on our stereo turntable.My father could not take Elvis serious as a worldwide phenomenon because he'd seen a young unknown Elvis … [Read more...]

You Are You (And that’s Beautiful)

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To LiveWe had just moved to a new state, and a new city. Haley had been officially living as herself and presenting as female full-time for only a few days. We made the chilly trek with the kids out to the store to pick out cell phones and sign up for a plan.The person helping us was polite and sweet. He had long dark hair and a delicate face, after we clarified who was Melissa and who was Haley, he put out his hand and said brightly “So nice to meet you! My name is..” and then stuttered and seemed to glance down at the nametag attached to his shirt, finishing quietly “… John.”  We got our phones, and left the shop, but both Haley and I … [Read more...]


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