Quoting Quiverfull: Fred Phelps Sr. of Westboro Baptist Dead

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According to the website Towleroad the former head of Westboro Baptist Church Fred Phelps Sr. has passed on Wednesday evening. Earlier in the week the media had been reporting that Mr. Phelps was was expected to die at any moment.Our sincerest condolences to his son Nathan Phelps, long-time NLQ friend. Losing a parent, even an estranged parent, is emotionally painful. Please be kind to yourself and remember the good memories of your father. … [Read more...]

Why Highland Park Baptist Church Leaders Should Go To Jail

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardEvery day, there seems to be another story about a pastor, youth director, deacon, Sunday school teacher, or church leader committing a sexual crime. One common theme in these stories is that the church/church leaders often knew about the criminal behavior long before it was reported. (and often it is only reported when they are backed into a corner and forced to report it) … [Read more...]

Forced To Believe In Jesus or How Not To Do A Salvation Call

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by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog Seeking The LightTrigger Warning for spiritual abuse and manipulationThere's an interesting debate going on at Bruce Gerencser's blog: The Way Forward. Part of me has been enjoying watching Bruce's readers point out to some roving internet Pastor his incorrect conclusions. Gives me something to do while I'm stuck with my right leg enrobed in a brace, propped up and covered with it's own winter wonderland of ice in a bag. Stillness is so boring.One of Bruce's critics, Pastor Bob, is very busy painting all of the readers and commenters with a paint roller dipped in Sherwin William's newest shade - "Atheist" and issuing 'Come To Jesuses' … [Read more...]

Fighting the Doctrine of Worthlessness

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection Let's toss out the Bible. Ah...now I've lost a bunch of you. That's okay, I know you'll keep reading in order to strengthen your beliefs, so I'll just hope that my words "won't come back void." Yep...two can play at this game.You've heard it said, "A little leaven leavens (or leaveneth for you KJV types keeping score) the whole lump." This phrase comes from the Apostle Paul, encouraging the new Christian church to dump those that were naughty. Kick them out. Excommunicate them, if you will. The idea was that the naughty member would, in time, permeate the rest of the church, making them all naughty. … [Read more...]

Fear

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardFear…an emotion experienced in anticipation of pain or danger.  An anxious feeling. Uneasy. Apprehensive.We all have experienced fear before. Sometimes our fear is rational and other times it is not. I fear flying on an airplane. I know that my fear is irrational. I have read all the statistics and I know other modes of transportation are safer, but I am still not going to get on an airplane.  I have other fears that are quite rational, like fear of falling.Yesterday, a Christian commenter had to this to say about their grandfather: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Unplug That IPod?

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by Nancy Campbell at Above Rubies -Zealous or Apathetic? It grieves my heart to see so many young people from Christian homes who are apathetic toward the things of God. They confess they are Christians, but they have more desire for worldly things than pursuing God. They'd rather watch movies than read God's Word. In fact, most of them hardly know anything of the Scriptures. They spend every spare moment on their iPod, iPhone, and texting but have little thought for God. … [Read more...]

Is God to Blame For the Weather?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardHere in rural NW Ohio, we are having a memorable winter. Record snowfalls, record lows, just the kind of weather global warming deniers love to see. There is a long-term drought in places like California and Arizona, and many places across the globe are recording record high temperatures and record high low temperatures. (the low temperatures are much higher)  Floods, tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes,high winds, no winds, lots of rain, no rain, ice, sleet, snow, freezing rain, lightning, droughts, heat waves, record highs, record lows, along with periods of perfect, wonderful, low humidity, temperatures…just right days. The only … [Read more...]

When Did Cheating & Gloating Become Christian Virtues?

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by Suzanne CaluluThere's a little story we at NLQ have been following for more than a few days. The sudden mysterious appearance of the title song "Alone Yet Not Alone" on the list of Oscar-nominated tunes for last year.You haven't heart of it either? It's from a little-known Christian film called, you got it, "Alone Yet Not Alone" Didn't come to your local mega-movie plex? Ours either. The first mention NLQ noticed of the film was a quick … [Read more...]

Why Ex-Christians Don’t Trust Evangelical Christians

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardEvangelical Christians get upset when ex-Christians like me question, deflect, or reject their “love” and “friendship.” Take for example, a few comments on my recent post, When Evangelical Christians Say God speaks to Them: … [Read more...]

Does God Love Us Unconditionally?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardAsk an Evangelical Christian if God loves humans unconditionally and they will likely respond with a resounding YES! God loves us no matter what we do, they will say. If the person is familiar with the Bible, they might even quote Romans 8:38,39: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. … [Read more...]


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