Indentifying Spiritual Abuse: The Pastor Litmus Test – The Newtown CT Shooting

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Sometimes identifying spiritual abuse isn't an easy task, particularly if it is coming directly from the pulpit.Today as you listen to various pastors and teachers speaking about Friday's tragic murder of those twenty school children ponder on the way they talk … [Read more...]

Jack Schaap: The Mess at First Baptist Church in Chicago Magazine

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by CaluluThe most popular post here at NLQ isn't necessarily a Quiverfull story but one that examines how the Independent Baptist Churches and pastors seem to have a problem with a high percentage of their leadership straying into sexual abuse of women and children. It named two known IFB pastors that ended up … [Read more...]

Laughter is Good Medicine: What Would Jesus Buy?

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Are you feeling stressed or grumpy by the upcoming holidays?  Take a break and watch "What Would Jesus Buy?", an interesting take on how we celebrate Christmas in America. It's a documentary … [Read more...]

NLQ Facebook Support Group!

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Just a quick reminder that if you've looking to interact with NLQ members or just to talk through your recovery and know that there are others that understand what you're going through then joining the NLQ Facebook Support Group is a good option!NLQ Support is a … [Read more...]

My Journey

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 by Mr. CaluluThe journey started out innocently enough when a friend invited our family to attend his church in 1995. I had met him working at a part time job a few years earlier and just liked the guy. We had a number of other things in common, his kids were about the same age as ours, so I figured why not?? Our family didn't have much of a connection to the local Presbyterian church we had been attending anyway.In many ways it was a typical country church; a bit conservative for my taste, but not so much so to be ruled out. I found it to be an interesting mixture of college educated and technical types, along with some high school dropouts :-). But what struck me as a pleasant … [Read more...]

News & Links: Saturday 24, 2012

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International House of Prayer & Mike Bickle's people start distancing themselves from the Deaton murder & sexual abuse - http://www.religionnewsblog.com/26981/international-house-of-prayer-tyler-deaton?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeedThis is one of the thought patterns in … [Read more...]

Those That Do Harm…

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by Calulu...in the name of Christ harm not only themselves but legions of others, driving some completely away from the church.Please forgive me dear readers because I'm about to get all flip, sarcastic and ranty here. I feel like using lots of obscene words. I've been … [Read more...]

News & Links Saturday – November 9, 2012

Most of today's links have to do with missteps by the Religious Right and the Evangelicals and the election. If you're sensitive to political talk then please don't click the links. Most of them are examining why pushing the religious agenda in the Republican party has been a failure.  America soundly rejected the ideas put forth … [Read more...]

Why I Find Perverse Pleasure in the Sexual Peccadilloes of Evangelical Leaders

by Bruce GerencserI am quite indifferent to the sexual peccadillos of others. What consenting adults do sexually is none of my business. I think so-called sexual “sins” like adultery and fornication find their foundation in the Bible and I reject the Bible as a moral or ethical standard.We are sexual creatures. Desiring to have sex is as much a part of who we are as eating and drinking. Sexual activity, regardless of orientation, is normal and it not surprising when sexual activity overflows the banks of the Christian moral river.It doesn’t surprise me that Dinesh D’Souza had sex with a woman other than his wife. Recent reports say that not only was D’Souza committing what his Chr … [Read more...]

Jack Schaap: Isolated Incident or the One That Got Caught?

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by CaluluI haven't updated NLQ much with the latest on Jack Schaap and his ongoing legal confloption. Yesterday I was perusing the news on Jack Schaap, the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana to see what had gone down on his plea arraignment on September 27, 2012. Schaap not only plead guilty as he'd agreed to in his plea deal; he also claimed that he didn't realize he was breaking any laws. Ignorance of the law is never a good defense in court. His sentencing will take place on January 15, 2013. It will be interesting to see what the judge feels is appropriate in this case even if it's likely he'll get only the ten years.The speed the feds has shown from … [Read more...]