Bill Gothard: When People Know…and Do Nothing

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism (Editor's note: You may notice that we are featuring two of Libby Anne's posts on one day. It's because here on Valentine's Day I am celebrating Love For Libby Anne day as well. She's always thoughtful, articulate and well-written. If you're not acquainted with her many excellent posts I would encourage you to spent some time in the next few days reading through her archives. We love you Libby Anne!) … [Read more...]

The World I Dream Of

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaI dream of a world…- where women are not shamed because of their bodies, where men can take responsibility for their own sins rather than trying to oppress and control others.- where those who are bravely trying to expose abuse and injustice within an organization are no longer accused of slander and publicly shamed by those who claim to speak on behalf of God. … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of Faith

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaThere 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 have b … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: So Abolitionists & Pro Lifers Are Alike?

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by Brent Aucion from John Pipers Desiring God - The Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement How should Christians respond to these attacks on crisis pregnancy centers?First, Christians should see crisis pregnancy centers as arms of the church fighting for the oppressed, much like the anti-slavery organizations of Antebellum America. Secondly, we should take heart, remembering that the much-maligned abolitionist societies persevered and, in the end, prevailed. But, thirdly, we must remember that their success was not guaranteed and it came at a cost. … [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 LlamaHello, 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...]

Christian Cliches: “Don’t Be Lukewarm”

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsWhen I was a member of Maranatha Campus Ministries in college in the early 1980s, we used to drive five hours to Seattle every few months for a regional "Maranatha Leadership Training Seminar," or "MLTS."  Maranatha considered every member of its churches to be in training for some sort of Christian leadership.   If you were called to Maranatha, you were supposed to be part of a special rank of Christians-- God knew who His leaders were and deliberately called us into this ministry.  We were meant to stand out, to be a cut above. … [Read more...]

Ryan Bell and the Pursuit of Knowledge

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by Anais Chartschenko cross posted from her blog Whisper Collector(Editorial Note: Here are a few links you have not heard of Ryan Bell and his column/project at The Huffington Post  He was the pastor of Hollywood Adventist Church and now he's in trouble with the Seventh Day Adventist officials)I think the pursuit of knowledge is always beneficial. It doesn't matter how you came to the decision that it is time to reflect and read about view points different from your own. So what that Ryan Bell is writing a book to document his process? I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to do the same thing.How can I capture the emotion I felt at reading Carl Sagan's eloquent … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Christians Should Fight ‘Religious Wars’?

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Franklin Graham at Billy Graham Evangelical Association - Duck Dynasty and the Ducking Church I appreciate the Robertson family’s strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent interview. As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently “ducked” out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: A Ministry Head Cheating is a Predictable Cycle?

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by Natalie Klejwa of Visionary Womanhood - Thinking About Vision Forum I’m sad about what has happened, but I’m not shocked. It hasn’t rocked my world. Not even a little. I think that’s because I’ve seen so many good ministries start off – grow – falter in their adolescence – and then crumble. It’s a predictable cycle. So this post is really about perspective. … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Tweet on Thou Shalt Not Kill

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardYesterday, misogynist Fundamentalist Calvinist pastor of Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll tweeted: “Thou shall not murder” includes suicide, terrorism, euthanasia, abortion, but not necessarily capital punishment, just war, self defense. Currently, Driscoll is incoherently preaching through the Ten Commandments at Mars Hill. This past Sunday, Driscoll preached on the command, thou shalt not murder (kill) . Based on Driscoll’s tweet, he thinks:Murder is:Suicide Terrorism Euthanasia AbortionMurder is not:Capital Punishment Just War Self DefenseWelcome to the schizophrenic world of Evangelicals … [Read more...]


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