Clay Yarborough and the Evangelical Fear of Breasts

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by Bruce Gerencser from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser See the full sized image Bruce is writing about by clicking here. It's beautiful and not pornographic. Trigger warning for full female nudity. There is a smaller version in the story below. For those of us raised in the Evangelical/fundamentalist church, we are quite familiar with the fear preachers and church leaders have of exposed breasts and cleavage. Women are oft reminded to cover up, lest the weak, pathetic men of the church throw them down in the middle aisle of the church and ravage them. As the recent GRACE report on sexual abuse and rape at Bob Jones University reveals, women are viewed as temptresses out to b … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Being Patient With Children (While You Think About Beating the Crap Out of Them)?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy magazine - Jeremiah and Penelope\I guess he believes in everyone extending patience but himself. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Lifted From The Ash Heap?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - God Loves MothersOkay, so how did we get from esteeming our wombs and being joyous all the time to feeling like we're tossed on the ash heap? Clearly there's some serious cognitive dissonance going on in Nancy Campbell-Land. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: God Doesn’t Look For The Most Able?

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by Adeye Salem from No Greater Joy Mom - Embryo Adoption FAQThe new clinic (Snowflake (tm) where Adeye plans to have all of those frozen embryos implanted at is apparently also enabling the Salems to promote themselves to everyone as the go-to answer folks for questions. Or else they're allowing the Salems to prance and preen for attention via these videos. I cannot figure out which one it is, a 'Look at me!!!!' or a genuine attempt to 'help' others. What do you think?Some digging on the interwebs turned up this interesting article from 11 years ago about Snowflake adoption - The problem with 'embryo adoption' … [Read more...]

Gaslighting

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church Hurts Editor's Note: We've covered this topic before but it never hurts to revisit some of the basics of harmful practices in churches and the world.I’ve been reading a bit about gas-lighting lately and at first I didn’t think that it played a part in my spiritual abuse. Maybe that’s because many of the articles and blogs that I read assumed that we all know what gas-lighting is already and so they didn’t give a very complete description or definition. I think it was the word “crazy” that finally hit home with me. Essentially, as I started putting it all together, I determined that gas-lighting is when someone tries to make you believe y … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Dispel The Darkness Or Else?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - A Family of LightHas anyone else noticed that in Nancy Campbell's world you are told to trust God, yet told to do all these things to make sure evil or darkness isn't in your life? Wouldn't 100% trusting God mean that you could trust Him to over shine any darkness or devil supposedly in your life? Too many contradictory things in Nancy's world. Trust but do that voodoo you do to make sure it sticks..oh, Nancy, you are like a little kid hiding under the covers from the Boogieman sometimes. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Secular Men Don’t Take Any Responsibility?

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by Kelly Crawford from Generation Cedar - Raising Boys Into Men: Tend The FieldKelly sincerely believes only Christian guys are 'Take Charge'. Too bad in reality it seems many 'Good Christian Men' are either bullies/tin plated dictators or apathetic blame shifters. There doesn't seem to be many guys between those two toxic polar opposites in the church.  Another false charge laid at the feet of feminism by Kelly. Just like women, men are all different and run the gamut of 'types' Saying that a religious dogma makes men superior to others without the same beliefs is short-sided, childish and insulting to all men. Talk about man hating. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: He is ‘The King’ and You MUST Serve Him in All Things?

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by Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy - A Wise Woman Builds Her HouseWhenever I read Debi's little pearls of wisdom like this I cannot help but imagine her shaking in rage while she repeats this crap to herself in a sort of self brain-washing ritual. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: That Dreaded ‘P’ Word?

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by James McDonald from Your Sacred Calling - The "P" WordThis was written back in April 2014 when the Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips sexual scandals were fresh and on everyone's mind. Remember how many Evangelicals backpedaled furiously from the idea of the word "Patriarch"? … [Read more...]

“Real Marriage” Review: 123 – 138, “Disgrace and Grace”

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [content note: sexual violence and victim blaming] This chapter was a … struggle. I’ve known it was coming for a while, but I wasn’t certain how bad it would be. It deeply concerns me because if this is how Mark and Grace Driscoll and the pastoral staff of Mars Hill has been counseling sexual abuse survivors I’m horrified, and I’m grieving for all the men and women who have been harmed by their teachings. … [Read more...]


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