Call Me Maybe – The Dumb Song That Made Me Cry

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous CircumspectionSo, I want to tell you a story. A story of hope. A story of looking back in life and weeping. Looking forward and seeing hope for the children of mine, given to me through the wonders of humanity's ability toIt was the summer of 2012. Call Me Maybe swept the United States, captivating the attention of every person below the age of fourteen. The song was dumb. Pointless. Bubble gum pop-y. Tried and true (translation: boring) lyrics. Sung by a lovely young woman, yet a complete waste of time. Unless, of course, you like your music in small doses of sugary substances, digesting it quickly, and feeling hungry for more … [Read more...]

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Church Statistics and Abuse

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [trigger warning for child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence] I’m not entirely sure when it happened, but from the reading I’ve been doing, sometime in the last 30 or so years there’s been a subtle shift in how churches talk about growth. What my reading tells me is that this is at least somewhat connected to the rise of the “mega church,” with it becoming impossible for pastoral staffs to simply look around their churches and understand who their congregation is. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Silence in Abuse

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by Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director of Grace - Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment posted at Religious News Source - A Church Silent in the Face of Evil is No Church at AllGRACE was recently fired from it's investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Bob Jones University. There is nothing silent about being silent … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull Valentine’s Day Edition: Never Refuse Sex Ever?

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by Michelle Duggar from Slate and NBC's Today Show websites Say yes to sex, even when you’re tired. In your marriage there will be times you're going to be very exhausted. Your hubby comes home after a hard day's work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. ... Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. … [Read more...]

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Religious What The Heck: Naked Church

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Starting with this odd story NLQ will be posting the things we run across that are 'religious' but not exactly something you'd expect. The 'what the hecks'This story does not involve fundamentalists but it's an odd one. A church in Virginia is holding nudist or come as you are comfortable services. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Skating Pairs?

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by John Ensor at John Piper's blog Desiring God - An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives Sochi is helping me be a better husband. And the Olympics are freshly making my wife to delight in her role as well. The surprising lesson is on display in figure skating pairs.At its best, this event displays the strength and beauty of unity: how two different people become one. The gold goes to that couple which has most mastered the skill of male leadership and female support making one glorious whole. … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Nation Building?

Napoleon, a Nation-Builder but not quite what Nancy Campbell has in mind

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - You Are a Nation Builder Mother, you are a nation builder. You build and strengthen the nation as you embrace motherhood. It is mothers who determine the destiny of the nation. When mothers vacate the home and childbearing the nation weakens. When mothers come back to the home with a vision to raise godly children they strengthen the nation. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Ten Reasons Swanson Likes to Homeschool

by Kevin Swanson speaking at a Homeschooling ConferenceComments open below … [Read more...]

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What Was It Really?

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From the long dead blog X-ATI Girl's BlogToo fascinating not to post here.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear X-ATI Girl,Please advise.  Recently someone asked me the question: what is ATI?It’s hard for me to ponder the question ‘what is ATI’ because I guess I really don’t know myself.  (Why, it’s the Advanced Training Institute.  Training in what?  Well I’m not sure actually…) … [Read more...]

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