Elvis Came to Church

by Bruce GerencserWhat follows is a humorous and tragic story of a man I met in church.In 2003, my family and I moved to Clare, Michigan so that I could assume the pastorate of Victory Baptist Church. (a Southern Baptist church) This was the last church … [Read more...]

What About “Women Be Silent in the Church”?

by Kristen RosserSo far on this blog I have addressed nearly every Bible verse used to restrict women or keep them under male authority-- except 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 The passage states:The women should keep silent in the churches. … [Read more...]

Help For Those With Doubts

by Bruce GerencserYou are a Christian.You put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ.You have been baptized and you are a member in good standing of … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Calling in the Media on Social Service?

by Rebekah Pearl Anast from Homeschooling Pioneers Actually, the media wasn’t negative. It was a strategic move by my Dad to take the heat off of us. Social Services had gotten wind of our home education, and we were given a court summons. The judge and a few power-hungry and small-minded … [Read more...]

20 Ways Not to Respond to Homeschool Horror Stories

by Becoming WorldlyThe following are a list of things that range from impolite to incredibly disrespectful that I have heard since I started speaking out about this issue. I’m (unfortunately) not making any of these up and I’ve actually had every single one of them either said to me or seen them said to others. If you don’t want to be a jerk, please don’t say any of the following: … [Read more...]

The Jonathan Nichols Story: Growing Up Gay in the IFB Church

by Bruce GerencserWhat follows is a brief excerpt of a story about Jonathan Nichols. Jonathan grew up in the Newark Baptist Temple,  the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church ((IFB) pastored by my wife’s uncle, James Dennis.  The Pastor (Jamie) Overton … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy, epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances … [Read more...]

The Most Blaring Contradiction Of All

by Cindy Foster Recently, I read a poignantly and transparently written post at ‘Stuff Fundies Like’ titled “Pining for the Leeks and Garlic”.  Anyone with knowledge of the Old Testament accounts of Moses and the Children of Israel’s 40 year wilderness journey will immediately recognize the title’s significance.I’ve followed SFL … [Read more...]

Good Baptists Don’t Dance 1971-72

by Bruce GerencserIt’s September of  1971 and I am fourteen and a ninth grade student at Central Junior High School in Findlay, Ohio.Seven months later, in April of 1972, my parents divorced, and a  few months after that Mom married her first cousin and Dad married a 19-year-old who had a little girl. … [Read more...]

Stress, Pride, Shame and Frogs

by Cindy FosterIn February of 2002 we attended our first five day stress in the ministry workshop.  We were invited by our close friends of near 30 years who founded this desperately needed ministry near 30 years ago. … [Read more...]


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