Duggars and Courtship

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundA lot of people have pointed out how many Christian groups and churches are anti-gay. Even though these Christians love to say that they love the sinner and hate the sin, it does not remove the pain that a gay person has to face. If a gay teen comes out gay, the church will still pray for him and believe he needs to change. Sure the church claims to love the teen, but he’s still told he is sinning, and there is still that voice that something is wrong with him, and that he needs to change. … [Read more...]

News: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar To Speak At ATI Conferences

from Stargasm.com - Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Slated to Speak at ATI Conferences Despite Sexual Abuse ScandalApparently ATI's attempt to paper over the allegations of sexual abuse by former leader Bill Gothard is to get the Bates and the Duggars to speak at their conferences. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that many IBLP and ATI followers — including the Duggars — are still committed to the programs. In fact, according to the newly released “2014 Family Conference Guide” for ATI and IBLP followers, Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar are slated to speak at three upcoming national conferences. … [Read more...]

My Recovery Story: So I’ve Been Spiritually Abused. What Next?

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Come Weary MomsAn entry to the "So I've Been Spiritually Abused. What Next?" series.Four years ago, our family left a church organization which was and is facing major issues with legalism and abuse. It wasn’t easy to be there at the end.  It wasn’t easy to leave.  It still isn’t easy to navigate what I believe and how I relate to people.  Despite my deep disappointment and disillusionment, I have continued to rebuild my own spiritual life.  I have also looked back on several things that helped me transition out of more than one less-than-ideal-for-me situations.  I’d like to share these with you. … [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...]

News: Match Made in Heaven

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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Taking Feminist Positions When Convenient: Cognitive Dissonance Much?

by Kathleen Sloan (Board member National Organization for Women) and Jennifer Lahl (Founder and president of Center for Bioethics and Culture) posted at Ladies Against Feminism and Twin Cities.com - Inconvenient Truths About Commercial Surrogacy It’s time for the shenanigans and propaganda to stop and for the inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy to be told. … [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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Every Sperm is Sacred?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - Generational Fatherhood Our Savior, Jesus Christ, was 42 generations from Abraham. He was "the seed" in the loins of father Abraham 42 generations before He was born.Fathers, you do not know what powerful seed may be within your loins that could greatly influence the world for righteousness, even in FUTURE GENERATIONS. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Give or it Will be Ripped From You?

by Bambi from the blog In The Nursery of the Nation - Motherhood and the Paradox of Dying to Live There are days of motherhood, long seasons even, that are quite laborious.  And if you are like me, motherhood brought about the first time you were ever really tested in this matter of laying down your life.  Took me a long time to realize that the things motherhood took from me while I was still resentful of it, was not true sacrifice. I would keep a mental tally of just how many bottoms I wiped, how many corrections I had given and just how long it took me to get school done that day. How many … [Read more...]

Update on Judy Kay Jones: Trial Date for Death of Baby

You may remember Vyckie's story of the birth of two of her children and her near death experiences at the hands of South Dakota midwife Judy Kay Jones and the subsequent deaths of babies delivered by mothers in Judy's care.Nebraska has finally set a trial date for Judy Jones of June 9th, 2014 for the charges of manslaughter, practicing without a license and criminal impersonation. … [Read more...]


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