Reposting: “We All Sin:” A 15 Step Path To Forgiveness For Doug Phillips

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by Heather Doney from her blog Becoming Worldly originally posted there just over a year ago 11 - 5 - 13The Doug Phillips affair scandal has rocked and shocked the Quiverfull and Christian Patriarchy world the past few days, so I figured I’d address one angle that to my knowledge hasn’t been covered in depth yet: the path that Doug Phillips will try to take to “restoration” and “forgiveness.” It usually seems to take about 15 steps. But first, some background: … [Read more...]

News: Mars Hill Churches Splitting From Mars Hill Organization

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The Great Pumpkin came early today. Mark Driscoll's church head organization, Mars Hill Church Organization, one of the largest Evangelical churches in the country, is shutting their doors as of January 1, 2015. All the Mars Hill churches will be spun off into their own independent churches not under any other oversight.What's up with that? Dave Bruskas of Mars Hill leadership is saying this is for the good of those local individual churches in his letter to the members posted on the Mars Hill Church websiteVery curious considering the last time we saw a major ministry and popular pastor completely abandon ship like this was Doug Phillips and Vision Forum just before the woman he is … [Read more...]

World Magazine Featured Vyckie’s Story!

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If you had told me that one day World magazine would ever mention Vyckie Garrison in a positive light after she left her Quiverfull lifestyle I would have busted out laughing and asked you if you were insane. Seriously? Never ever happening! … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: So Being ‘Properly’ Submissive Will Protect You From the Doug Phillips of This World?

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by Rebekah from Femina and posted at Noble Womanhood - On Not Being a VictimThis is from a discussion on how if you are properly submissive with the right heart towards God then even the abusers of this world, like Doug Phillips, will not be able to use your submission against you. … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders

Michelle Duggar being awarded Vision Forum’s Mother of the Year with Beale and Doug Phillips

by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy FeminismMore than two years ago I wrote a blog post titled My Concerns about the Duggars. To this day it continues getting hundreds of hits daily, along with the random comment. Probably half of the comments left on it defend the Duggars as upright, responsible people raising healthy, well-adjusted young people. These comments often lash out against me, calling me bitter and so forth. I’ve often thought of responding to these comments with further blog posts, but so far I haven’t.Today that changes. This post consists of four parts, which deal with the Duggars’ subculture,  the argument that they are happy so nothing must be wrong, th … [Read more...]

Lourdes, Lifeboats, and Bounded Choice: The Complicated Process of Exiting Totalist Groups Part 4

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Spiritual Sounding BoardObstacles that Second Generation Adults like Lourdes Torres-Manteufel must overcome when exiting threatening, high demand situations and groups like Doug Phillips’ Vision Forum “When we leave, we actually don’t have what we need to survive outside.” ~ Jill Mytton … [Read more...]

Lourdes, Lifeboats and Bounded Choice: The Complicated Progress of Exiting Totalist Groups: Part 2

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Spiritual Sounding BoardRead Part 1 first...***Cindy Kunsman explains how Doug Phillips relegated Vision Forum acolytes to bounded choice – a dynamic only intensified for Lourdes Torres-Manteufel by alleged sex abuse.***Note from Julie Anne:  This is Part 2 of Cindy Kunsman’s series on Bounded Choice.  In this series she is helping us to understand the process people go through when they have lived in a high-controlling religious system as was Lourdes Torres-Manteufel’s experience.  Lourdes’ and Cindy’s story can help shed light in our own experience or the experience of someone we know and love.  Having this understanding is pivotal in t … [Read more...]

Lourdes, Lifeboats, and Bounded Choice: The Complicated Process of Exiting Totalist Groups Part 1

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from The Spiritual Sounding BoardAfter reading the account of the Lourdes Torres-Manteufel abuse by Vision Forum founder, Doug Phillips, Cindy Kunsman reflects on her own sex abuse story.Note from Julie Anne:  I remember talking to Cindy Kunsman around the time the Lourdes Torres-Manteufel lawsuit was made public. Lourdes’ story greatly affected her in a personal way, reminding her of her own sexually abusive childhood. This sometimes happens when someone else’s story reminds us of our own painful experience. Statistics tell us that there are a lot of people who have been sexually abused. If you have been sexually abused, this may be a sensitive subject f … [Read more...]

The Skeleton in Doug Phillips Closet Is Now In The Creation Museum. Literally.

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 by R.L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousIn case you missed the news, the Creation Museum — labor of love par excellence ofKen Ham and Answers in Genesis — acquired some dinosaur bones. Those bones, belonging to 30-foot-long, 10-foot-high Ebenezer the Allosaurus, are valued at $1 million. According to Ham, Ebenezer is named after the “stone of help” that the Hebrew prophet Samuel set up to honor his God. Ebenezer was unveiled to the publicon May 23 of this year. … [Read more...]

Child Sexual Molestation and Evangelical Christianity’s Completely F’ed Up Response

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 by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeI was saddened but not surprised to hear this morning that actress-singer Vanessa L. Williams (my favorite on the show "Ugly Betty") had been sexually molested at ten years old. She came out and told the story on "Oprah's Master Class"Vanessa explained how her experience had played out in the rest of her life, her early sexual experiences, bad choices in relationships, the guilt and shame, the bout of promiscuity. … [Read more...]


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