Lana Hope’s Story

Please join me in welcoming Lana Hope to our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network!by Lana Hope. She blogs at Wide Open Ground  I grew up in the Deep South. In our rural homeschool community homeschoolers were a scarcity, with miles between families, so homeschool came somewhat isolating, by default. Our first year of homeschooling was the best of my homeschool memories – at least in my foggy memory. Our math textbook included counting ducks. We went on loads of fieldtrips and had hands on learning. There was no legalism or spiritual abuse in our house. I even had a troll party for my 7th birthday. Trolls. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Modestly Immodest?

by Stacy McDonald of Ladies Against Feminism -The New Barely-There Modesty I recently read a disturbing article by a pastor who verbally rolled his eyes at Christian modesty. In his blog post, he was responding in protest to Jessica Rey’s video about the history of the bikini. I’m hoping his attitude doesn’t reflect a trend, but after the defensive attitudes I observed when Soul Surfer was released, I have to wonder. … [Read more...]

The One That Got Away- Josh Powell and the Ones That Didn’t

by Calulu cross posted from her blog Seeking The Light.Author's note: I realize that there are successful home school experiences out there and yes, I know a number of them. The kids I'm speaking of today were all the kids in my art classes. None of them has gone on to any great success yet.It was with great interest I've been following the story of central Virginia's Josh Powell and his quest for a decent education in the face of Virginia's laws allowing homeschooling parents to teach as much and as little as they'd like. He is one very determined young man that took on the world of Virginia homeschooling to do what was right, have the same opportunity towards a well rounded … [Read more...]

Premarital Sex and the Purity “Litmus Test”

by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlySo I read this blog post by Rachel Held Evans, everyone’s favorite progressive evangelical blogger. She is a beautiful writer, has fun posts, and I totally have to disagree with her wholeheartedly on something today. See, Rachel Held Evans just rejected purity culture and then tried to agree with purity culture at the same time when she wrote “Sex and The Path of Holiness.” … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Gender Roles

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons TW for homophobia. Before I jump into this chapter, I want to make a clarification. I’ve been doing my best to make sure that when I talk about my marriage that I make it clear that what I’ve experienced and witnessed personally in my life is limited to my experience only, that I’m only making observations that I’m comfortable viewing as generally true about people. These statements are in line with my core values about marriage: that I am not married to a man, I am married to a person. He is a human being that is different and unique, and deserves to be treated with respect to his individuality instead of viewing of him in terms … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Goody-Two Shoes

by Mari cross posted from her blog Mari's MusesI read an article a while ago written by one of my favorite authors, Donald Miller. In it, he talks about the problem with having a “perfect image.” He talks about Anne Hathaway and how, to him, she is inapproachable because she’s just…. too perfect.I know nothing about Anne Hathaway and I don’t really care either.But Don’s point — that “perfect” people are inapproachable — is true.I know this because I’m an inapproachable perfect person.Don’t judge. I can’t help it that I’m perfect.The truth of the matter is that people have two selves. They have their persona, the self that they portray to the rest of the world, and they … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Educating Your Kids or Using Fear Tactics to Support Your Family??

From the Botkin Sisters (Anna Sophia and Elizabeth) Blog Visionary DaughtersThe entire Botkin family is doing another one of their paid seminars, this time having to do with how you need to home school your child to make them into a successful adult, complete with the scare-tactic graphic of a wide-eyed teen reading a mock up newspaper with headlines such as 'College Grads Can't Find Work' and 'Generation Y Unemployed' … [Read more...]

“You’re Not Arguing With Us But With God”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA fellow member of Equality Central Forum (a forum for Christians who believe in full male-female equality in society, church and home) recently shared the answer she (her first name is Helen) received from a well-known ministry in response to a letter she wrote them.  Helen has given me permission to reprint and comment here on part of the letter she received. … [Read more...]

The Terrifying Side of Trendy: Are Home Births Safe?

From the legal firm blog of Console and Hollawell cross posted with their permissionMy childhood friend and her husband wanted an at-home birth. Like many, they were attracted to the idea of bringing their child into the world in a calm and peaceful setting, exchanging hospital linoleum for their cozy California home. They weren’t against technology, they were simply taken in by a growing trend that popularizes midwifery as enlightened, almost luxurious. As society emphasizes “all-natural” and “organic,” a home birth can appeal to intellectuals and progressives alike as an alternative to an allegedly intrusive, chemical-soaked hospital. … [Read more...]

“But That’s What The Bible Says”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsI have written extensively on this blog about why "But the Bible clearly says" isn't necessarily a very good defense for certain traditionalist positions.  I've written a lot of posts that analyze certain texts which are supposedly "clear," but which maybe weren't intended by the original writers (or understood by the original audiences) to mean what seems so "clear" to us today. … [Read more...]