The World is “Dark, Selfish, and Cruel.”

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundI watch Tangled on TV at McDonalds this afternoon. I was supposed to be reading Paul Ricoeur (I had it on the table), but this is the time in the semester when I already have term papers semi-planned out, when our grad seminars are almost finished (they finish April 2nd), and when one more book is just not important enough to study with detail. (In case any professors see this, I am reading the book; but my brain is on overload, and I’m not going through and making 50 pages of notes on it like I normally do.) … [Read more...]

Why Highland Park Baptist Church Leaders Should Go To Jail

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardEvery day, there seems to be another story about a pastor, youth director, deacon, Sunday school teacher, or church leader committing a sexual crime. One common theme in these stories is that the church/church leaders often knew about the criminal behavior long before it was reported. (and often it is only reported when they are backed into a corner and forced to report it) … [Read more...]

By Its Cover: The Duggar Book Signing

 by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't Rapeor White Privilege, Judgmentalism and Duggars, Oh Boy!Warning: This is long and I talk a great deal about how my daughter was treated by “Good Christians”. These are my impressions, not necessarily the views of anyone else. I didn't say much about Michelle Duggar. Saving that for another post since I'm still sorting out my thoughts upon meeting her.Yesterday I took a little trip from my bungalow in Washington DC/Northern Virginia suburbia to another Northern Virginia section of suburbia to see TLC's “19 Kids & Counting” Duggars up close and in person. I took my college-aged daughter Laura from … [Read more...]

PCC Has Released a Statement

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons  When I was writing my post “‘God is Done with You’: Pensacola Christian College and Sexual Violence“, I tried contacting four different departments at the school. All refused to speak with me, citing policy, and referred me to Amy Glenn, the Chief Communications Officer. It took me several days to reach her (she was out sick and very busy when she got back), but when I did eventually get in touch with her I asked her to confirm some very basic facts about the administration and their policies. When she got back with me, she stated that she could not answer most of my questions and that PCC did not comment on “blog-t … [Read more...]

“Frozen”: True Love Doesn’t See Agendas Behind Every Bush

by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeYou have to see this before I start talking about "Frozen". Of the many wonderful versions of the song 'Let It Go' from "Frozen" I think this one personally tops them all. But then again I love classical music so blending the song with Vivaldi's "Winter" makes sense to me. … [Read more...]

Your Word is a Lamp For My Feet: The Crash and Burn Life of Justin Bieber and Others

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his site The Way ForwardYour (God) Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105Evidently, the lamp is burnt out for the man sporting this tattoo. In recent years, this man has given himself to debauchery, violence, and mischief. He is, in every way, a self-absorbed shit concerned only with himself.But hey, he loves Jesus. … [Read more...]

BJU: The Abused are Being Silenced…

  by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking Llama { trigger warning: rape, rape apologia }Last week I was contacted by an alumnus of Bob Jones University. She wanted to discuss what’s really going on there.I’ve spent the past weekend reading testimonials from former students. The extent of the cover-up is worse than has so far been reported in much of the mainstream media. The leadership of this allegedly Christian organization has … [Read more...]

The Ten Men

by Vyckie Garrison of No Longer QuiveringI seriously need to stop reading the writings of contemporary Patriarchs ... I thought the Persevero News article that I posted earlier today which defends child abusers was bad (and it is!), but Vaughn Ohlman's latest is equally infuriating!! … [Read more...]

Forced To Believe In Jesus or How Not To Do A Salvation Call

by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog Seeking The LightTrigger Warning for spiritual abuse and manipulationThere's an interesting debate going on at Bruce Gerencser's blog: The Way Forward. Part of me has been enjoying watching Bruce's readers point out to some roving internet Pastor his incorrect conclusions. Gives me something to do while I'm stuck with my right leg enrobed in a brace, propped up and covered with it's own winter wonderland of ice in a bag. Stillness is so boring.One of Bruce's critics, Pastor Bob, is very busy painting all of the readers and commenters with a paint roller dipped in Sherwin William's newest shade - "Atheist" and issuing 'Come To Jesuses' … [Read more...]

The Night We Were Persecuted

by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaThe body of Christ on this campus is under assault tonight,” said Tyler Deaton. “And I’ve called on God to summon a legion of angels, but I also know that the most effective prayers come from God’s people in unity.”November 2008. It was almost the end of my last semester at Southwestern. Within a few weeks Tyler and Bethany and I would be graduating. … [Read more...]