Why it is Hard to Be Around Christianity and Christians

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardMy friend Zoe wrote: …Some in the secular world want to cooperate with moderates &/or liberal-minded theists.  I think it’s probably a noble thing to attempt.  The thing is, for me, and likely for many others it reminds me of playing skip at recess time with a bully.  The bully has chased you for years, kicked you in the gut and hoped you’d burn in hell, and will be waiting to do it to you all over again after school . . . but it’s okay to skip at recess time with the bully… … [Read more...]

Ryan Bell and the Pursuit of Knowledge

by Anais Chartschenko cross posted from her blog Whisper Collector(Editorial Note: Here are a few links you have not heard of Ryan Bell and his column/project at The Huffington Post  He was the pastor of Hollywood Adventist Church and now he's in trouble with the Seventh Day Adventist officials)I think the pursuit of knowledge is always beneficial. It doesn't matter how you came to the decision that it is time to reflect and read about view points different from your own. So what that Ryan Bell is writing a book to document his process? I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to do the same thing.How can I capture the emotion I felt at reading Carl Sagan's eloquent … [Read more...]

Mom’s Cycle Was on the Family Calender

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundI did not realize it was a homeschool thing. Or just a conservative thing. Or unique to some families.I thought almost every man er family tracked mom’s cycle, and all the daughter’s cycles too.Libby Anne recently wrote a post on Charting Your (Wife’s) Monthy Cycle. Here’s what she says: [Michael Pearl] recently advised young husbands to track their wives’ cycles so they would know in advance when their wives were … [Read more...]

False Dichotomies: “Homeschooled Girls vs. Feminists”

by Samantha Fields cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons So, Robert Knight, an extremely conservative writer for Townhall and whose articles occasionally appear in publications like the Washington Times, wrote an article last Tuesday called “Homeschooled Girls vs. Feminists.” Since the article spends most of its time talking about grown women, I have to admit to some mild annoyance to the persistent infantilization of women in conservative circles. College-aged females are women, thank you. … [Read more...]

Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, Dinosaurs and the SIN of Smoking

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward(Editorial note: Those that might post comments here to Bruce suggesting spiritual things should read this first, another excellent post by Bruce.)Recently, our youngest son moved out and he left behind some trading cards for our grandson. He had hundreds of trading cards, including some from Answers in Genesis. I am not sure how old these card are, but I suspect they are at least 15 years old. I did not know these cards were in the box and my oldest son found them when he was going through them with our grandson.  We had a lot of fun … [Read more...]

It’s Been a Good Year

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons I started blogging in the early part of this year mostly because I was bored to tears. I was working on getting editing jobs, but they were few and far between, and my health just doesn’t allow for outside-the-house employment. I also started writing here because I wanted to finally say out loud a lot of the things that had been slowly germinating over the past four or five years but had never been in a place where I felt capable of expressing them. … [Read more...]

Happy New Year! – Open Thread

by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeFor the last few weeks I've been waiting with baited breath for CBN's Pat Robertson to make his yearly announcement claiming that God told him what to expect in the coming year. Pat's obviously falling down on the job since he's been largely silent on 2014. Or perhaps his handlers are realizing how insane he's started to sound in the last few years.Let us revisit what he said in December 2012 in regards to 2013's happenings.... … [Read more...]

God Killed Our Baby: Isn’t God Awesome?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardEvangelical Christians believe that their God is the giver and taker of life and that he controls the universe. As the old song goes, he’s got the whole world in his hands. Everything that happens in their life is according to the purpose and plan of their God. When tragedy comes their way, Evangelicals turn to prayer and the Bible to find hope and comfort. The Bible says in Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. … [Read more...]

Differentiation and Emotional Cut-Offs

by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemMurray Bowen's theories on differentiation of self, and emotional cut-offs provide an excellent lens for viewing the complex relationships that exist between family members who were raised in quiverfull and Christian patriarchal families, where the family roles are artificially skewed by religious influence and the necessity for sibling-parenting due to sheer numbers in the family. … [Read more...]

The Week the Cracker Quacked: The Duck Dynasty Saga

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardMillions of Evangelical Christians are in an uproar over A&E suspending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson over his homophobic, racist remarks made in a recent GQ magazine interview.  Facebook, Twitter, and the Sunday pulpit have been awash in defenses of Phil Robertson’s right to publicly state what he believes about homosexuality and the Jim Crow days of the South.  I thought I would use this post to summarize the various articles, news reports, and blog posts about Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty: … [Read more...]