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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

CTBHHM: How To Cook To Please Your Husband

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 149—154Remember that Debi just got through shaming Jill for not being able to balance sick kids and getting dinner ready at time. Well, Debi’s about to explain to Jill just how she could have Done Everything Right. Because women’s true role is in the kitchen, dontcha know. The Assignment … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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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