Lana Hope’s Story

Please join me in welcoming Lana Hope to our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network!by Lana Hope. She blogs at Wide Open Ground  I grew up in the Deep South. In our rural homeschool community homeschoolers were a scarcity, with miles between families, so homeschool came somewhat isolating, by default. Our first year of homeschooling was the best of my homeschool memories – at least in my foggy memory. Our math textbook included counting ducks. We went on loads of fieldtrips and had hands on learning. There was no legalism or spiritual abuse in our house. I even had a troll party for my 7th birthday. Trolls. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Modestly Immodest?

by Stacy McDonald of Ladies Against Feminism -The New Barely-There Modesty I recently read a disturbing article by a pastor who verbally rolled his eyes at Christian modesty. In his blog post, he was responding in protest to Jessica Rey’s video about the history of the bikini. I’m hoping his attitude doesn’t reflect a trend, but after the defensive attitudes I observed when Soul Surfer was released, I have to wonder. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Modesty is Mutual?

by Brett Harris of The Rebelution - The Other Side of Modesty This is strange. Women may be shedding clothes this time of year, but so are men. Why are we only talking about female modesty? If modesty is important then it is important for all Christians. If it isn’t important for men, then why all the fuss about women? If it is important for women, why the silence about men? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Defrauding Your (Future) Spouse?

Von Ohlman at True Love Doesn't Wait - Defrauding Your (Future) SpouseOne of the most misunderstood words in the whole Betrothal/Courtship/Dating discussion is the word ‘defraud’. We have all grown up with a system (dating) that promotes something as a virtue that many of us are beginning to understand is a sin: the pre-covenantal romantic relationship between a boy and a girl. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Marriages Are Like Batteries?

by Steve L. Anderson pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church (IFB) from his blog - Electricity and MarriageThe difference between men and women is what causes the attraction between them. When a man and woman get married, this attraction is very strong. There is very powerful electricity in their relationship. Often, however, the newness wears off over time, and the attraction can become very weak. The battery goes dead so to speak. Why is that?  … [Read more...]

My Brave Sisters

by AJ cross posted from her blog I am PhoenixThe other day, I saw an ad for a TV show where a group of Amish young people were set loose in NYC. I laughed because I knew what they were going through. I've lived through a similar experience, except there weren't cameras following my every move. I grew up in a cult that was similar to Amish or Mennonite homes, … [Read more...]

Christianity and the “Male Gaze”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsBe modest.Be beautiful."Don't cause a man to stumble.""Don't let yourself go." … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sport and Body Worship?

by Jay Younts of Shepherd Press - Sport and Body Worship Matthew records that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for being able to interpret the signs of changes in the weather but not being able to interpret the signs of the times. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: If She Only Knew?

by Lisa Jacobson of  the blog Time Warp Wife on News.Com.Au Revealing how her son kept bumping into things in the store on a summer day, she asked him what was wrong and soon realised why he was keeping his head down, … [Read more...]

“Defrauding” or How Men Can Keep Women From Stumbling!

by Hopewell - crossposted from her blog Hopewell Takes On LIFE! sourceThanks to TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" America has discovered Bill Gothard's idea of  "defrauding" or making men "stumble." How does this happen? If you watch the show you know it's because someone forgot to call out the code word "Nike" to warn the men and boys to avert their eyes. Without the warning they could see a women immodestly dressed and be led to think unholy or impure thoughts--hence they will "stumble" in their walk with God and be "defrauded." … [Read more...]