Sexuality and Shame, Part 1: Sexpectations

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by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (and Found) Mind of Kaleesha Williams Please welcome our newest member of the SASBN Kaleesha Williams! She's written a great series on sexuality we'll be posting! Welcome aboard Kaleesh! “Shame, boatloads of shame Day after day, more of the same Blame, please lift it off Please take it off, please make it stop” -The Avett Brothers … [Read more...]

Duggars are Not Crazy

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground After 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: Mental Illness is Self Focus?

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by John Piper from desiring God - 10 Resolutions for Mental Health That night Dr. Kilby had a pastoral heart and a poet’s eye. He pled with us to stop seeking mental health in the mirror of self-analysis, but instead to drink in the remedies of God in nature. He was not naïve. He knew of sin. He knew of the necessity of redemption in Christ. But he would have said that Christ purchased new eyes for us as well as new hearts. His plea was that we stop being unamazed by the strange glory of ordinary things. He ended that lecture in 1976 with a list of resolutions. As a tribute to my teacher and a blessing to your soul, I offer them for your joy. … [Read more...]

Saturday News Links – August 24, 2013

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Christian family fed up with the immorality of the US gets a sailboat, inadequate supplies, packs up the children and tries to cross the Pacific Ocean to an island. It goes about like you think it would - http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/11/211072485/family-rescued-in-pacific-after-sailing-where-god-led-us … [Read more...]

Fun is Not in the Bible, You Say?

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Baptist Taliban and Beyond I borrowed this from a facebook status today. It reminded me of a particular notion The Preacher was ‘inspired’ with and later emphasized in a sermon. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: What is a “help meet”? (in the KJV)

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by Libby Anne Created To Be His Help Meet, p. 24 Debi finishes this her first chapter with a memo on the background of the word “help meet.” I sort of feel like this should have come earlier, given that most people I’ve mentioned the book to find the term odd. The word help meet appears … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull? Weaklings in the War on Christmas?

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers … [Read more...]

We Are Spiritual Abuse Survivors!

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by Paradise Recovered (I wrote this piece to honor those who have been hurt by high-demand churches and cults. I also wrote it for their loved ones, clergy, and therapists that they might understand how to handle us with care. Our experiences are unique, but much of the aftermath we experience can be similar. I hope this is helpful to someone. Peace, Andie Redwine) We are spiritual abuse survivors. To paraphrase the late Jan Groenveld, one of the pioneers in the spiritual abuse recovery movement, we believed a dangerous lie that closely resembled the truth. And we have paid dearly for that belief with the sacrifice of our very souls. Life can really be hard at times for human … [Read more...]

Millipede: Part 6

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by Millipede I hated the the underlying spirit which had crept into our marriage; it was a peevish, disapproving air that my husband had taken on. In our "heathen" days my husband had a happy go lucky air. This was endearing and made up for the fact that he could be irresponsible. Under Christian patriarchy this changed. Not only was he now "head of the household", but he was responsible for making sure that we lived a "Godly life". This permeated every bit of our life as we didn't want to be "Sunday Only" Christians; God was not someone that we turned our back on for the other six days of the week. This affected how I dressed, what we ate, what entertainment we watched or listened … [Read more...]

Introducing, Raised Quiverfull!

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by Libby Anne Nine young adults who were raised in families involved in the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements have come together here to answer questions about their upbringing, their questioning, and their transition to lives in the normal world. Ranging in age from their early twenties to their early thirties, all have questioned and left the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements and all but one blog against what they see as the destructive results of those movements. These nine young adults come from an array of backgrounds (no two families in the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements are identical) and have today arrived at a variety of perspectives … [Read more...]