Stand Up and Speak Your Truth

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am PhoenixI have always had a hard time standing up for myself. I chalk it up to the way I grew up. I grew up in a cult where women and children weren't allowed to speak up for themselves, especially when we were abused. We weren't allowed to ask "Why?" even in a quiet voice. We were to take abuse quietly, submissively, like Godly females would. Otherwise, all hell would break loose. So, my sisters and I grew up with blank, obedient minds. We were trained to obey male authority without question, and we had a healthy fear of the chain of command above us. We were Godly, submissive sheep who obeyed at the blink of an eye. We grew up with no defenses … [Read more...]

News: For Extreme Evangelical Street Preachers, Shouting Controversial Sermons is a Family Affair

From ABC News with video available at ABC's website - For Extreme Evangelical Street Preachers, Shouting Controversial Sermons is a Family Affair  Extreme Evangelical Family Believes in Starting Street Sermons Young    For Susanna LaVelle's parents, watching their 11-year-old daughter make her big debut was a moment of heart-swelling pride.But the LaVelles weren't attending a child's soccer game or ballet recital. They were gathered outside of a sports arena in Spokane, Wash., for their favorite pastime -- preaching from the … [Read more...]

Pensacola Christian College & Me

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsIf you’ve never meandered around xoJane, well, now is your golden opportunity. I’ve been a loyal reader for almost a year now, and it’s a pretty cool place. So, when an xoJane editor reached out to me and asked if I’d be willing to tell a piece of my story for them, you can imagine that my reaction looked a bit like this: … [Read more...]

News: Match Made in Heaven

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From Today Moms - 'Match Made in Heaven' Duggar Dad Introduced Daughter to Fiance It's wedding bells for the Duggar family, and daughter Jill has dad to thank.As the clan — the stars of TLC’s hit reality show "19 Kids and Counting” — make courting the theme of the new season, the 22-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar has just revealed she is engaged — and that her dad introduced the happy couple. … [Read more...]

Growing Up Duggar – Part 2 Foreword: Winning Souls Via Television

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapePages XIII to XVI "Lord, we pray that our family can impact the world for You!" This portion of the Foreword was titled "Racing Against Time" and details how Michelle and Jim Bob prayed the above prayer years before they were anywhere near the public radar screen. They state that the prayer was also humbly asking God to keep all of them on the right track, but in reality there's not much humble about that type of thinking as it presumes that their way is the only right way, more of a 'use us, oh God, because we are the most righteous!' … [Read more...]

Then and Now

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am PhoenixI'm becoming more and more aware that I don't need to "aware" of my beliefs in order for them to affect my life.My beliefs shape the way my life is branching out right at this very moment, even if many of these beliefs were formed many years ago and I don't give them much thought today. … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar Engaged

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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...]

Why Purity Culture Doesn’t Teach Consent

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I’m a Star Trek fan, and yes– it’s related. I grew up watching Star Trek loyally, and I’m pretty sure Captain Kathryn Janeway is one of the few reasons why I managed to be somewhat normal. So, when Enterprise began airing, I watched every single episode, and Phlox, a Denobulan doctor, quickly became one of my favorites. “The Breach” is one of the few episodes dedicated to his character, and it explores an ethical dilemma: … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Slouching Towards Bethlehem & Other Thoughts

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Our founder Vyckie Garrison and NLQ got a nice mention in a Huffington Post Article written by Clay Farris Naff  - Slouching Towards Bethelem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism The article nicely ties together some of the ongoing news stories involving world politics with religion, putting together the puzzle pieces in a way not many have considered. Very good read. … [Read more...]


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