A Few Thoughts About Mental Illness and Depression

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOriginally written 2011, edited, corrected.At the age of 54, my mother turned a .357 magnum Ruger revolver toward her chest and pulled the trigger. The bullet tore a hole in her heart and in a few moments she was dead. Mom had tried to kill herself many times before. This time she succeeded (please see the post Barbara).When I was 11, Dad had to call for an emergency squad because Mom had taken several bottles of prescription drugs. They rushed her to the hospital and pumped her stomach, and she survived to die another day. Later in the year, Mom and the neighbor lady were in a serious automobile … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: So Now All Law Enforcement Officers Are Evil?

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by Zsuzsanna Anderson from Are They All Yours? - Another Worthless CopEditor's note: I was and wasn't surprised to run into this rant on Zsuzsanna Anderson's blog after her husband Steven L. Anderson's incidents with law enforcement in their area. Zsu doesn't come out and say this is why you have to be armed to the teeth, but it is implied in her words. Does anyone really want people as hateful and paranoid as the Andersons armed? Granted, there have been more cases in the media of bad cops, but that does not mean all of them are awful. … [Read more...]

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News: Planned Parenthood Shooter Applauded by Fundi-Gelical Christians

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I'm sure by now you've seen the coverage of yesterday's horrific shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  While the shooter Robert L. Dear has been identified there is no other information available about him in the news media. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Christian Women Prettier?

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by Doug Wilson from Blog and Mablog - On Why Christian Women Are PrettierEditor's note: Wilson tries to claim in this piece that Christian women are more beautiful because they were created as God's glory and that they keep this glory by their good works, not plastic surgery, not expensive products or good genetics but by works. Again, women reduced down to a small subset of their true potential. … [Read more...]

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Mythical Creation Science: Who Was Cain’s Wife?

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by Mel cross posted from When Cows and Kids CollideA common problem pointed out by people who can read is that Cain's wife came out of the blue. Ken Ham himself decides to tackle this problem himself in Chapter 6 of The New Answers: Book 1.The Problem: In Genesis 4, Adam and Eve have sex and give birth to Cain and Abel.  They both offer sacrifices to God.  God likes Abel's sacrifice, but not Cain.  Cain gets mad and kills Abel.  God banishes Cain.  Cain has sex with his wife and they have kids.  Eventually, Adam and Eve have another son they name Seth. … [Read more...]

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Christian Cannabalism and Josh Duggar’s Sins: Michael Pearl Vs. Zsuzsanna Anderson

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerIn this month's release of No Greater Joy's magazine there was an article by Michael Pearl supporting the Duggar family over Josh molesting his sisters. Here's what Michael Pearl said in support of the family while claiming that Christians are cannibalizing each other. Apparently we're all supposed to shut up about anything done wrong in the church according to Mikey: … [Read more...]

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Memories of My Own Cognitive Dissonance: Gothard’s Doctrine of Grace as an Example

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Under Much Grace originally posted in 2010In so many words (!), I’ve already shared what cognitive dissonance felt like after some exit counseling and realizing that not everything I’d believed had been true.I’d like to discuss a bit more about the process that facilitated my acceptance of Gothard’s take on grace (and other ideas introduced at the Institute of Basic Life Principles conference I attended). I only briefly mentioned it in this post. Cognitive dissonance was easy to ignore for me when I first accepted his views, but when I revised my understanding after I left the spiritually abusive system; I had no other option but to let the process … [Read more...]

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Are Celebrity Christians Above The Law?

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalIn the 2000 movie, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, the two cartoon characters are arrested and brought before 'Judge Cameo' who, as soon as she recognizes them, dismisses the case against them stating that "celebrities are above the law".Now, in the context of the film, it was funny - even while it took a clever jab at the attitude that condones and excuses the bad behavior of the rich and famous. No matter what they've been accused of, no matter how they've behaved, they are not to be held to the same standards as the 'common' man - simply because they are famous! … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why Deny Emotions and Feelings?

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This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies posted this at her 'Encouragement' section this week in a posting titled 'It Comes Back To Our Attitudes': … [Read more...]

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NLQ Review: The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth About Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerOkay NLQers. I know this book has not much to do with what we talk about here at No Longer Quivering, but bear with me. It does in the sense that it was written by Timothy Dailey of the Moody Bible Institute and he works at, surprise, surprise, Josh Duggar's former employer - The Family Research Council. This is another book review for Patheos.~~~~~~~~~After reading The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth About Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings by Dr. Timothy Dailey one thing stood out to me in glaring neon - Boy, that tricky Satan is one very busy fellow with hoofs stuck in all sorts of pies. In fact, that is the main point of the entire book, anything that … [Read more...]

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