Does Evangelical Christianity Cause Emotional Damage? Part 1

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by Bruce GerencserEvangelical Christianity teaches that humans are, by nature, sinners. Humans do not become sinners, they are sinners. Humans are born with a sin nature. From the very moment they come into this world they are sinners. This is the lot of … [Read more...]

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Standing Up to Spiritual Abusers via Social Media Today #WhoWouldJesusSue

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by Vyckie Garrison Survivors of spiritual abuse are making a push today to call attention to the outrageous tactics employed by pastors and other religious leaders to silence their victims - specifically, we're calling attention to Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Grenier’s lawsuit against his adult stepson, Alex Grenier who came forward to report that he was physically abused by Bob Grenier after Bob … [Read more...]

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Happy is the Man That Has His Quiver Full of Them

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by Bruce GerencserWhen Polly and I married in 1978, we planned to have three children.  We wanted to wait a year or so before we started having children, but six-weeks into marriage Polly became pregnant. Our son Jason was seven weeks before our first wedding anniversary.In 1981, Nathan … [Read more...]

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Should Christians Use Birth Control? A Guest Post

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by Ian - Guest writer from Bruce Gerencser's blog  The Way ForwardI am writing this in response to thoughts put out by Pastor Steven Anderson. Guys like this are sick in the head and very dangerous. Given the right opportunity, he would call his followers to take up … [Read more...]

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We are not the enemies of our best selves

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by SierraI’ve spent the past few years very plugged in to social justice media. When I get my news, for good or ill, it’s about the progress or regress of the social issues I care about. The rest of the time, I don’t pay attention. Issues that don’t elicit an intellectual or emotional response in me don’t rise to the surface, because they don’t show up on the blogs I read or the … [Read more...]

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Shedding The Burqa: Part 1

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by Cindy FosterIt would be the last sermon we would ever endure as members of the Baptist Taliban.We hadn’t planned for it to be, even though by that time, we were painfully aware that our leaving was inevitable. It was just a matter of how and when. My husband already … [Read more...]

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Objects Don’t Have Sex

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by Sarah Over The MoonI didn’t watch the Superbowl, this year (or…any year) but conversations about Beyoncé’s halftime show caught my eye. On one hand, many felt that Beyoncé’s display of all-women power and sexuality was inspiring … [Read more...]

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My Wish-I-Hadn’ts

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by Kristen RosserI have, over the course of years that I've been a Christian, changed the way I think about a large number of things.  Some of the beliefs I used to hold caused me to treat people (or even myself) in ways that I'm sure now were not what Jesus wanted.  Though I'm sure I have His grace … [Read more...]

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Gender Roles and Responsibility – Part 2

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by Kristen RosserIn Part 1 I said, “Ultimately, we are all responsible for ourselves and our own actions.”  This means we cannot be ultimately responsible for anyone but ourselves.  Even with our children, our goal is to teach them self-responsibility so that they can become full adults.  Responsibility for ourselves is foundational to … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Abuse: A Victim’s Guide to Recovery

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Review by Vyckie GarrisonLisa Kerr, who blogs at My Cult Life, has written a brief (60 pages), but jam-packed victim's guide to recovery from spiritual abuse which is currently available via Amazon digital services. While not specifically geared toward the Quiverfull worldview, Lisa's guide is an NLQ-recommended … [Read more...]

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