Leaving Part 1

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by MariMeanwhile, at church….Because the church had consisted mainly of single people for quite some time, my brothers and I were part of the first batch of babies to be born into the church. There weren’t any offspring of attendees/members that were older than us, so it was kind of ambiguous what would happen once we reached the magical age where their theology … [Read more...]

When you haven’t been hurt

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by Mattie ChathamSometimes I wonder how I sound to the rest of the evangelical world, to those who weren’t subjected to fringe patriarchal teachings from grace-forgetting complementarians, those who never fought the fear that comes with legalism from your pulpit, those who don’t have to shake the guilt hangover from their … [Read more...]

Prayer & Dark Dungeons

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by Mari Prayer Shortly after my youngest brother was born, I was observing my mom who was listening to another mom talk about her kids’ desires for siblings when suddenly, the other mom turned to me and said, “You should pray for a baby sister.”It had never occurred to me that … [Read more...]

Help Out a Quivering Daughter

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An escaping daughter from a Quiverfull family is trying to win a scholarship through WyzAnt Scholarships. In order to get a scholarship she needs people to vote on her essay. Her essay is entitled 'Quiverfull Freedom'.  Jennifer from Charlotte, North Carolina has written about how … [Read more...]

News & Links Saturday – November 9, 2012

Most of today's links have to do with missteps by the Religious Right and the Evangelicals and the election. If you're sensitive to political talk then please don't click the links. Most of them are examining why pushing the religious agenda in the Republican party has been a failure.  America soundly rejected the ideas put forth … [Read more...]

The Parenting Project – Teen Years

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The next set of questions for the Parenting Project has to do with how you were parented as a teenager and how that affected your future parenting.1. Did the type of parenting or discipline change as you moved into your teenage years?2. Were you rebellious as a teen? How did your parents react to your … [Read more...]

I Voted! (Suck it, Mr. Branham.)

by SierraI voted. Deal with it.Growing up fundamentalist, I was reminded on a near monthly basis that I shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It was inescapable. Central to the Message of the Hour theology was a set of seven prophecies by William Branham that were supposed to usher in the end of the world. My church vigilantly watched, alongside its sister churches, for an earthquake to topple Los Angeles and for a Roman Catholic takeover of the US economy. Amidst all this doomsdaying was a more personal attack: the “evil” of women’s suffrage. … [Read more...]

Things I Have Learned Not to Fear

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by Kristen RosserWhen I was a young Christian in charismatic evangelicalism (Assemblies of God, followed by Maranatha Campus Ministries), 2 Timothy 2:7 was frequently preached:"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind."Other verses emphasized the point:"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption. . . "  Romans 8:15. … [Read more...]

The Parenting Project: School & Parenting

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If you'd like to participate in the Parenting Project please take a look at the Introduction and Childhood Questions.Today's questions deal with the way you were parented or disciplined during your school years and your parents interaction with the school rules. Were they on board with the ways in which your teachers tried to make you behave and educate you? … [Read more...]

The Main Thing is to Keep the Mane Thing the Main Thing

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by MariWithin a few days of my youngest brother’s birth, my hair turned curly.I had had wavy hair since I actually got hair at about age 2-1/2, but as soon as little Timmy made his appearance, those waves turned into a full head of spiral curls.No, I didn’t get a perm. … [Read more...]


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