Introduction: Is Justice Delayed Justice At All For Carol Ann Cole?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerIn the last three years or so both NLQ and NLQ SASBN member Bruce Gerencser have written about the disappearance of Carol Ann Cole, her eventual identification as the Louisiana murder victim known only as Bossier Doe and the possible links between Carol Ann and troubled teen home New Bethany. … [Read more...]

Purging My Taliban Ways

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalI was strolling down the aisles at Sam’s Wholesale Club one day about a year or so after leaving the church, and in the book aisle I noticed a book written by a woman from Afghanistan. It was obvious from the cover that she was a Muslim living under Taliban rule. I picked it up and began looking it over as I do with any book that piques my curiosity. I turned it over to read the back cover and was instantly captivated by what I saw. There written, was a list of rules imposed and strictly enforced on women under Taliban rule. … [Read more...]

Redeeming Dinah: The Errors of Ron Williams, the IFB, and Gothard’s Esteem of Rabbinical Writing as Holy Writ

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Under Much GraceEditor's note: In light of everything that has come out about the Duggar family and Josh Duggar's molestation of his sisters it might be a good thing to revisit what Bill Gothard and others connected with the IFB think about defiled females. This was originally published in 2011.On April 8th, only twelve days ago, ABC's 20/20 aired an episode entitled, Shattered Faith, which focused on the physical and sexual abuse of young women within the Independent Fundamental Baptist affiliated churches (IFB). It also mentioned the powers attributed to the use of the rod of discipline found in Proverbs and the literal translation about the … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why do Fundamentalists Treat Pastors Like Rock Stars (Even When They Are Toxic)?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Tempe pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church, linked to an article written in this month's Phoenix Magazine about her husband and his church. Just reading through the article, West of Westboro, with its portrait of a red-skinned demonic looking Anderson spewing fire out of his mouth and glowing testimonials by his congregants brings back memories of church goers treating their pastors like they were invincible heroes instead of regular men with clay feet. … [Read more...]

The gods Have Clay Feet: A Few Thoughts About Pastors

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserThe Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christian church has many gods. While they will profess to worship the true and living God, the God of the Bible, often their true object of worship is human and not divine. Most Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christian churches have a congregational form of church government. Some churches have adopted an elder rule form of government. Regardless of what form of government a church adopts, there can be no doubt about who really runs the church. The CEO, the boss man, the head honcho is the pastor, also known as  the senior pastor, executive pastor, and prophet, priest and king. … [Read more...]

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The Preacher: The Life and Times of Donald A. Hardman – A Book Review

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserLaura Hardman, wife of Fundamentalist Baptist Evangelist Don Hardman, has written a biography about her husband titled The Preacher: The Life and Times of Donald A. Hardman. The self published book is 201 pages long. In 2010, Laura published an autobiography titled Laura’s Light. The book was published in 2010. You can read my review of the book here. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Growing Up IFB Brings Freedom As Adult?

No author cited for this article at Faith It - 10 Things Only Kids Who Grew Up in a Super Conservative Church UnderstandEditor's note: This is one unknown author's attempt to throw shade at those who leave after growing up and to make some of the stricter rules of IFB humorous instead of borderline abusive. I'm sure Bruce Gerencser -NLQ's own former IFB pastor - could make mincemeat of this author's ideas that this isn't harmful. The gifs are at least humorous even if the ideas aren't. Also these ideas are not unique to only the IFB world, many evangelical churches of different denominations teach this too. … [Read more...]

Bring Carol Ann Home

We've written here at NLQ several times about the problems with Independent Fundamentalist Baptist New Bethany Home for Girls in Louisiana along with the case of  Bossier City Jane Doe, who likely came from New Bethany.Now it turns out that Bossier City's Jane Doe has been positively identified using DNA analysis as Carol Ann Cole from Kalamazoo, MichiganThere's a Go Fund Me set up for the burial and funeral expenses for Carol Ann Cole - Bring Carol Ann Home Memorial Fund … [Read more...]

Cindy Schaap, Daughter of Jack Hyles, Divorces Convicted Felon Jack Schaap

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserAs most of you know, Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, is serving a 12 year sentence in federal prison for having sexual relations with a minor. (a girl who was a member of the church and Schaap was counseling her)  For more information on Jack Schaap, please read the Chicago Magazine article, Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church. You can also read the letters Schaap sent to his victim here. … [Read more...]

Tony Soprano Would Make a Good Independent Baptist Preacher

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser (The terms preacher and pastor are used interchangeably in this article) Several years ago, I binge watched all 86 episodes of  the HBO show The Soprano’s. Once I started watching The Soprano’s, I was hooked. I quickly found out that the HBO version was quite a bit more racy than the sanitized version currently found on various cable TV channels. … [Read more...]