A Movement Much Bigger Than My Parents

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground originally posted May 2013Heather of Becoming Worldly put together a post today that gave me physical tears and a knot in my stomach. The post centers on the 2009 a men’s leadership summit, and a speech given by Doug Philips. Doug Philips of Vision Forum was also previously an attorney at HSLDA. Its worth mentioning, as Heather notes, that most of the famous [Christian] homeschool leaders have connections with each other, and together they built up the Christian homeschool movement. … [Read more...]

Coded Language: When Words Have Other Meanings

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog What Would Roger Sterling Do? originally posted June 2014These last few weeks I've been reading through the new book out of John Piper's camp - "Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood" and I posted one puzzling piece at NLQ. Mel also wrote a valid criticism or the book at her site When Cows and Kids Collide.It was a story of a disabled boy who's adoptive Good Christian (tm) father determined that the main thing wrong with the child was that he had a mental picture of himself as disabled, weak and whiny. The father decided that the thing to make the child readjust his attitude and change his mental self image was to force him … [Read more...]

Saved By Being Right: Christianity and Dogmatism

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIn the Christian group I belonged to in college, we believed we had all the answers.Other Christians might differ from us in doctrine, but we knew the truth, straight from the Bible. "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it," we would say.  We even knew why everyone didn't see things the same way we did.  They were deceived.  Or they were "in compromise" with sin and were trying to justify themselves.  Or they were "lukewarm" and just didn't want to "pay the price" to really "press forward in the things of God." … [Read more...]

My Heart Breaks for Micah … and Bethany

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog Sketches by BozeOne afternoon in the fall of 2007 I walked over and sat down across from Bethany in the Southwestern Commons. I had a dazed look on my face.“Were you just talking to Micah Moore?” she asked me.I nodded. “How do you know Micah?”“He’s in my Reel Jews class. What did y’all talk about?”“He did most of the talking,” I said, in a perplexed voice. “He told me about Jesus.” … [Read more...]

Not Exactly Christ’s Christianity

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by S.J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoThe Christianity which is practiced by far too many members of the evangelical right is almost unrecognizable to what ‘evangelical’ churches practiced up until about 1978.  That was close to the cut-off point, when things began to change.  One of the very real problems is that I’m like the average Christian in this country.  I was living in a fool’s paradise.  Sure, I knew that things were getting a little flaky, but like everyone else, just chalked it up to things getting a little flaky.  Like just about everyone else, I never realized there was a very overt agenda, a planned take-over of the country, using a heretical version … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Growing Up IFB Brings Freedom As Adult?

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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...]

Thoughts on Conservative Christian Colleges From a Liberty Graduate

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by Samantha Fields cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons There’s a bit of a hubbub happening this week over a certain announcement made during Liberty University’s convocation on Monday. If you don’t travel in the circles who are all abuzz about it, here’s the gist: Ted Cruz is the first Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 election, and he did it at Liberty, in front of an audience of thousands of college students. That’s not the newsworthy part, though– what has caught everyone’s attention is that this audience was a literally captive one. Liberty students who live in the on-campus dormitories are required to attend convocation (Liberty’s word for “chapel”) … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Holding Hands With God More Pleasurable Than Lots and Lots of Kinky Sex?

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by John Piper at the 2015 Desiring God Conference as quoted by Bruce Gerencser at his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: There is a video of this crazy statement being uttered by Piper at Gerencser's blog. Love how Piper proclaims how you can read your Bible and be highly educated in theology and not 'know' God. They seem to pile increasing amounts of qualifiers as to what and who constitutes someone that truly knows God. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Two Percent?

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by John Piper from his Facebook accountEditor's note: Pastor John doesn't mention what percentage of your time you should be giving God to prove in his eyes that you are a 'Good Christian'(TM), but I can imagine it's a staggeringly high unrealistic number. … [Read more...]

Bring Carol Ann Home

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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...]


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