Linda Murphrey Writes an Open Letter to First Baptist Church Hammond

by Bruce GerencserLinda Murphrey is the daughter of the late Jack Hyles. What follows is an excerpt of an open letter Linda wrote to First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. I hope you will take the time to read the entire letter on Linda’s website: … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: My Contribution

by Kristen RosserThis coming week Wine and Marble, Joy in this Journey and Shaney Irene will be hosting a Spiritual Abuse Awareness synchroblog.  Many bloggers will be posting one blog a day for several days, describing their own experiences … [Read more...]

Personal Values and Quiverfull Social Guilt

by Becoming WorldlySo I’ve been thinking a lot about guilt and shame lately. I think they are important components used to control people’s actions, particularly in the kind of movement I grew up in. I’m sure lots of people have more … [Read more...]

SASBN: Putting an End to the Survivor Wars

by Vyckie GarrisonBreaking free from the absolute control of a cultic group is incredibly hard - it's a soul-wrenching experience and in all honesty, none of us walk away unscathed and completely healthy. Spiritual abuse survivors are hurt, traumatized, damaged and often broken. I wish I … [Read more...]

As Innocent As Babes

by CaluluOne of the big stumbling blocks for me during my time in the Fundamental/Evangelical church was the belief in original sin in babies. Sure, it's possible to be conceived of sin and born of that same sin, but I could never believe that a newborn … [Read more...]

The Burqa Experience: International Wear A Hijab Day: February 2, 2013

by CaluluFor years I’ve sworn that going to my local Wal-Mart was sort of like visiting a circus freak show, a pageant of the trans-mundane. While I hate shopping at Wal Mart because I feel like I’m approving of and funding the general … [Read more...]

How Male Dominated Religion Bleeds Women

by Cindy FosterMy husband, Paul, and I were enjoying some Mexican food at a restaurant near where we were staying in Houston last night.Sitting at a table in very close proximity to ours was a Muslim family.  We see a lot of Muslim families these days, but more so … [Read more...]

Does Jack Schaap Deserve to Go to Jail?

by Bruce GerencserIf you are unfamiliar with the Jack Schaap story, please read these posts.In a few weeks, we will all learn exactly how long Jack Schaap, disgraced Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, will be behind bars.  Some people think Schaap should be castrated and locked up for … [Read more...]

As Iron Sharpens Iron

by Betty CruxSome individuals, it seems, have been granted a God-ordained license to criticize.When I moved after college, I began work for a certain restaurant known for its chicken appendages and orange shorts. Now before your start clutching your chest, I’m not here to debate the morality … [Read more...]

Homeschool or Public School – What’s Worse?

by Becoming WorldlyI was talking with a homeschooled friend the other day who was raised fairly similar to how I was, with a more structured and less impoverished environment, and we were sharing stories. This and a few other things got me thinking. We both went on to higher education, got our masters degrees. The conversation between us … [Read more...]