Part 3: Things Come to a Head

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalThings came to a head a couple of months later when the church was invited to participate in an annual prayer event. It seemed like a no-brainer, yet after praying about it, both elder M and I felt unaccountably uneasy. Elder R was overseas at the time (an increasingly regular reality) and was happy to abide by the decision of rest of the team. Elder J, however, was insistent we participate and after several quite painful communications between the three of us, declared his intention of announcing our involvement to the rest of the church that Sunday. I was beside myself by this time! … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Your Attitude Controls Everything?

by Nancy Campbell cross posted from Above Rubies - No Time To Be Bored Do you realize that you create your own world right where you are? You have the power to make your marriage, mothering, and home pulsate with life. It all depends on your attitude. … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar Engaged

From People Magazine - Jill Duggar Engaged to Derick DillardMake way for a Duggar-sized wedding.The famously expansive Duggar clan, stars of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting, will be adding a new son-in-law to their crew in the next few months. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: What is a Cult? Church of Wells Edition

According to the Wartburg Watch and Ronald Enroth's book "Church That Abuse" the hallmarks of a cult are - 1.   Control-oriented style of leadership2.   Spiritual elitism3.   Manipulation of members … [Read more...]

Part 2: Alarm Bells Start To Ring

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalAs we engaged in the journey forward, there was a strong acknowledgement of our own brokenness and our total reliance on God - which was why we obeyed when we believed God was telling us not to call another pastor (“do not to ask for a king!”). … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: That Dirty ‘P’ Word – Patriarchy

by James McDonald from Ladies Against Feminism and Every Thought Captive Magazine from Highlands Ministries In our day, there is a great battle over how words are defined. This happens often in the political arena where the words “liberal” and “conservative” seem to take on a different meaning depending on who is using them. … [Read more...]

News: Christian Right Mega-Church Minister Faces Mega-Mutiny For Abusive Behavior

from Alter Net Calvinist super-star Mark Driscoll is the iconic figure at the heart of a church empire that spans five states and fifteen locations. Founder of the Mars Hill franchise, Driscoll boasts a flock of 14,000 members plus hundreds of thousands of listeners and readers via web and print media, including, until last month, 466,000 followers on Twitter alone. … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar Courting

From ABC Good Morning America - '19 Kids & Counting' Star Jill Duggar Is Being Courted By Derick Dillard Another Duggar is being courted."19 Kids & Counting" star Jill Duggar, 22, is now being courted by Derick Dillard, 25. She is the second of the Duggar daughters to enter into a romantic relationship, as Jessa, 20, has been involved with Ben Seewald since last year. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Fear or Pride – Your Choice?

by R. C. Sproul Jr. from  Highland Ministries - They Labor In Vain, Or a Funny Thing Happened While I Preached My Daughter's Wedding Just a few days ago I was privileged to be able to preach at a rather significant occasion, the wedding ceremony of my first-born. Darby was, like her mother, not just a beautiful and radiant bride, but a diligent, faithful laborer in bringing the event together. When I told her I would like to preach from Psalm 127 I could tell she was a smidge reluctant to give her approval. Perhaps she feared that I would chasten her and her new husband to remember that children are a blessing from the Lord, and I wanted grandbabies, and soon. Perhaps she feared that I … [Read more...]

News: Duggars Drop Support of Candidate Over Lingerie?

From The Huffington Post - Jim Bob Duggar Drops Support For Candidate Who Represented Risque Lingerie Shop Jim Bob Duggar, the well-known television patriarch and active Republican, has rescinded his endorsement of an attorney general candidate in Arkansas after it was revealed that the candidate once provided legal representation for a risqué lingerie shop. … [Read more...]