Fear

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardFear…an emotion experienced in anticipation of pain or danger.  An anxious feeling. Uneasy. Apprehensive.We all have experienced fear before. Sometimes our fear is rational and other times it is not. I fear flying on an airplane. I know that my fear is irrational. I have read all the statistics and I know other modes of transportation are safer, but I am still not going to get on an airplane.  I have other fears that are quite rational, like fear of falling.Yesterday, a Christian commenter had to this to say about their grandfather: … [Read more...]

Dear Michael Farris, Sexual Abuse Isn’t A “Basic Strength” That “Can Get Out Of Control

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by R.L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous “You have planted wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies — trusting in your own way, believing that your great armies could make your nation safe.” ~ Hosea 10:13 ***** On Sunday, HSLDA’s Michael Farris made his first public statement on the recent controversies surrounding Doug Phillips’s clergy sexual abuse and Bill Gothard’s sexual child abuse. … [Read more...]

Call Me Maybe – The Dumb Song That Made Me Cry

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous CircumspectionSo, I want to tell you a story. A story of hope. A story of looking back in life and weeping. Looking forward and seeing hope for the children of mine, given to me through the wonders of humanity's ability toIt was the summer of 2012. Call Me Maybe swept the United States, captivating the attention of every person below the age of fourteen. The song was dumb. Pointless. Bubble gum pop-y. Tried and true (translation: boring) lyrics. Sung by a lovely young woman, yet a complete waste of time. Unless, of course, you like your music in small doses of sugary substances, digesting it quickly, and feeling hungry for more … [Read more...]

Church Statistics and Abuse

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [trigger warning for child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence] I’m not entirely sure when it happened, but from the reading I’ve been doing, sometime in the last 30 or so years there’s been a subtle shift in how churches talk about growth. What my reading tells me is that this is at least somewhat connected to the rise of the “mega church,” with it becoming impossible for pastoral staffs to simply look around their churches and understand who their congregation is. … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard, Sexual Predator

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and from Homeschoolers AnonymousBill Gothard has been a big name in the Christian homeschooling movement since its very inception.Gothard runs the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), puts on family life seminars, and produces curriculum and “wisdom booklets” used by Christian homeschooling families across the country, including the Duggars (Bill Gothard himself spoke at Josh Duggar’s sister-in-law’s wedding, which was featured on the Duggars’ television show). Gothard’s influence in the Christian homeschooling world likely eclipses that enjoyed until recently by Doug Phillips, … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Talk to Your Husband About How You Feel? Ha!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 147-148This chapter starts out fairly tame by Debi’s standards . . . and then turns into a train reck before you have a chance to so much as blink. As a reminder, Debi is now going through the various character traits that Titus 2 instructs the older women to teach to the younger women. This installment begins Debi’s chapter titled “To Be Sober.” … [Read more...]

Motley Crue and Christian Fundamentalists would get on great

Tommy Lee in 2012 (Photo credit: Wikimedia commons) It seems relevant to mention that Lee has also served time for spousal battery

by Jonny Scaramanga cross posted from his blog Leaving FundamentalismI love Mötley Crüe. They were one of the bands that were instrumental in helping me to break out from the fundamentalist bubble I grew up in. “Dr Feelgood” was incredible; it made the Christian music I used to love seem anaemic and pathetic by comparison. And when I finally got to the point where I could sing “Shout at the Devil” without fearing that I might burn in hell, it was a huge personal breakthrough. … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas: Open Thread

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Until Thursday morn NLQ will be taking a breather to spend time with family and friends. In the meantime may we present a mega Quoting Quiverfull with links to all the ways our usual line up of pontificating fundamentalists think we should be celebrating the holiday.Plus a question to think about and post in the thread. How has the holiday season changed for you after leaving whatever former faith you were part of. Is is better? Worst? No difference? What holiday do you celebrate? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Apostates Lack Love?

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by Kevin Swanson at Generations With Vision - Troll Spews, Silly Women and Sons of Belial on the Internet Too many of these folks love the world of lust and flesh and they hate their brothers (or don’t love them very much, anyway).  Technically, it’s supposed to be the other way around. The Bible wants us loving our brothers, hating the world of lust and flesh, and hating the lust and flesh stuff that corrupts the brother.  It’s the third part of this that’s the hardest to track down. And yes, you can get too picky with your brother.  … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Earning Your Abuser’s Trust

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism***trigger warning for domestic violence***This section is called “Earning His Trust,” and calling it that is messed up on about three million levels, as we shall see. It is the story of a young woman named Sunny. … [Read more...]


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