Dear Christian Friend and Former Parishioner, am I a Good Person?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser(Editor's note: Bruce Gerencser is speaking from the perspective of a former pastor. Please do not attack him for not lining up with your own personal faith beliefs. His writings examine the beliefs and actions of Evangelical Christianity. )A good friend of mine, and a former parishioner, wrote on Facebook an update that asked: can anyone be good without God? He then answered his own question with a No and quoted some Bible verses.I replied: Am I good? I am your friend. Does that make me a good person? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – That Magic Brain Machine and Addictions

by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - Freedom From AddictionsGee, someone seems like they know a little too much about porn. … [Read more...]

News: Ending Rape Culture Because Bible?

by Gina Miller at BarbWire - Godlessness, Safety Nail Polish and 'Rape Culture'We've talked here at NLQ quite a bit about Purity Culture and Rape Culture and how modesty is not the answer to fixing the problem of rape in this country. The message that the religious right is pushing to address these problems is still the same old, same old that doesn't work. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Hating Transexuals is Biblical?

Seems like Michelle Duggar has recorded a robo-call currently being used by the Family Council to oppose a pending anti-discrimination bill for Fayetteville, Arkansas. The bill's primary purpose is to deal with housing discrimination against transgendered persons in the community.Guess Ben Seewald isn't the only one in that family making hateful statements about a people group they don't bother to take the trouble to understand or learn about.From The Huffington Post - Michelle Duggar Records Transphobic Robocall Opposing Arkansas Anti-Discrimination Bill A transcription of the robocall by Michelle Duggar. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Public Schools Makes You Nothing?

by Michael Pearl in No Greater Joy Magazine - Who Defines Your Children? I see the kids coming out of the homes and public schools of our country, their lives predetermined by their self-image. Whether they are eighteen and cool, or twenty-eight and divorced, or thirty-eight, broke and on welfare, voting democratic, hoping to get ahead in life someday, maybe win the lottery, or on … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Were We Even Watching the Same Program?

by Laurie Higgins of Illinois Family Association, part of the American Family Association in an email that went out yesterday This past Sunday night's Grammy awards was a tragic freak show that demonstrated the entertainment industry's arrogance, ignorance of marriage, and disregard for children. It was a gawdy (sic) spitball hurled in the all-seeing eye of a holy God. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: A Christmas Word?

by Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog - A Huge White Snarl Flapping Behind YouTrigger-warning! Doug is being very judgmental and hateful in his Christmas cyber altar call. So here it comes — a Christmas word to the faithless. I am using the word faithless in both senses. I am speaking to those who do not believe, and I am speaking to those who are being disobedient to what they actually do know (Rom. 1:19-20). Ultimately the two categories are only one, but I am speaking to those who are without faith and those trying to throw it away, wanting to pretend they never had it. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Cultural Comformity and Compromise?

by Geoff Botkin apologizing for his early comments on Christian Rap music - NCFIC Blog: An Apology "I need to apologize for the unintended offense and confusion of my comments on disobedient cowardice. I certainly do not believe that all of today’s Christian rappers are cowardly. My most sincere apologies go to anyone out there who was hurt by my strong language. While I do hold concerns about the use and misuse of rap, my words were not directed at any particular artist. My greater concern is for the broad cultural conformity and compromise that is not limited to reformed rap." … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Unevenly Yoked Kills ‘The Blessing’?

by Colin Campbell in Meat For Men - Biblical Fatherhood: Role Modeling Love The phrase "all things " is incredible and could include vast multitudes of personal desires, as well as impersonal. However, we cannot expect God to answer any prayer that is outside of His character and will for our lives. We are only entitled to hope for "all things" that are within the boundaries of His will. … [Read more...]

Elvis Came to Church

by Bruce GerencserWhat follows is a humorous and tragic story of a man I met in church.In 2003, my family and I moved to Clare, Michigan so that I could assume the pastorate of Victory Baptist Church. (a Southern Baptist church) This was the last church … [Read more...]