(Not) An Open Letter to the Pearls

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons and Homeschoolers AnonymousSamantha Field blogs at Defeating the Dragons, and she was recently featured in a Christianity Today story entitled, “Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination.” This piece was originally published on her own blog, and is reprinted with her permission. Also by Samantha on HA: “We Had To Be So Much More Amazing” and “The Supposed Myth of Teenaged Adolescence.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Flippantly Avoiding Babies?

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by Kelly of Generation Cedar - Are You Going to Have More Babies?Make sure you visit the original article to read the conversation between the author and her five year old daughter. Just like my daughter counsels women each week who are contemplating abortion, urging them to consider that the life inside them is no mistake and is depending on them to give it a … [Read more...]

Duggars are Not Crazy

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundAfter I heard that Jessa Duggar is now courting, I’ve struggled to find words. In a way, I’m happy for her. In a way, I’m always sad to see my peers trapped in patriarchy. But in the midst of those emotions, I don’t have anything to say to Jessa. This is her life, not a cartoon on TV.  I do, however, have something to say to all her harsh critics – all the critics who mock her family, … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Protect Your Womb?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Protect Your Womb!Satan hates the womb. He knew that the Messiah, the Savior of the world, would come through the womb of a woman, the one who would destroy his head. He knows it is through the womb of the woman that the “godly seed” still comes to destroy his works. Satan comes to "steal, kill and destroy." His attack is upon the womb through a number of areas: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sex Ed Classes Are Wrong?

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Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Steve L. Anderson, from her blog Are They All Yours?!?? She is speaking of a sex ed class given to engaged young women at First Baptist Church/Hyles-Anderson College. In all the years at the college, I only attended one class there. It was taught by Dr. Creeper Streeter himself, and open only to the engaged young college ladies getting married at the church in the near future. At the time, I of … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Fear and Readiness?

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by Vaughn Ohlman from True Love Doesn't Wait - Fear and Readiness It is a funny difference between conservatives and liberals that conservatives seem to always question liberals ideas, and liberals question conservatives motives. Indeed, when a liberal makes a movie about an evil conservative the conservative is almost never doing what the conservative says he wants to do (ie he is a hypocrite[1]) whereas a conservative movie will often show liberals living up to their stated ideals (which just happen to be wrong, immoral, and lead to a deranged and deprived society). … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Always Multiply?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Live and Multiply Why does God give us life? To LIVE! To enjoy life and to experience fellowship with Him. But, also to continue life. God's wondrous plan is that He doesn't create us to be end with ourselves, but to carry on life. To pass on something of who we are. How amazing. … [Read more...]

The “Jezebel Spirit” Teaching: Priming Churches for Spiritual Abuse

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIt's a story my husband Jeff likes to tell from before we were married.We were both members of a coercive Christian group of "charismatic" persuasion-- meaning that the group believed in supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Like most charismatic groups, our church believed that Christians and churches could be harassed by, or even come under the power of, demonic spirits. We believed God had called us to "rebuke" such spirits in the name of Jesus and drive them out of our lives and the lives of others. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Church Nursery is Bad?

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by Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Steven Anderson from her blog Are They All Yours? - Nightmarish Memories of Nursery Hell (Zsuzsanna is speaking of her time at Jack Schaap's church First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana)FBC Hammond has a strictly enforced rule of no babies or young children in the auditorium. By strictly enforced, I mean the ushers at each door act as bouncers, and physically stop any parent from bringing young children into the main auditorium. … [Read more...]

Yes I Buy Ice Cream With My Food Stamps

by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To LiveWhen we were on the brink of transition, and facing the prospect of losing our income and home, we spent a lot of time crunching numbers. How much money would we need to survive for 3 months with no income? How about 6 months? We added up the costs for rent, insurance gas and upkeep for our 13 year old van, utilities, our life insurance policies, and diapers. And one of the costs I always included in my calculations was food. … [Read more...]


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