When Church Hurts: Part 5

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsFor a few years, I had the privilege of serving in my church in several ways. I took classes, my husband and I took care of a significant portion of the landscape (which had been sorely neglected) – creating sacred spaces for people to find quiet time with the Lord, and I assisted with preparing food for Sunday morning fellowship. I also had the opportunity to teach classes over our final year there. … [Read more...]

Homeschool Sex Machine by Matthew Pierce

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground I recently read Homeschool Sex Machine: Babies, Bible Quiz, and the Clinton Years. Written by Matthew Pierce, a homeschool alumni who is preparing to homeschool his own children, this short book is one man’s memory of the more insaner aspects of the conservative Christian homeschool movement. When Matthew first emailed me about his book, I knew this was a book I should read. I am glad I did. Homeschool Sex Machine is short, well-written, and funny. I say funny. Some of the remarks Matthew heard from the adults in the homeschool or fundamentalist Christian is not really funny. But Matthew managed to pull it off where I could laugh at … [Read more...]

Lourdes, Lifeboats, and Bounded Choice: The Complicated Process of Exiting Totalist Groups Part 3

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Spiritual Sounding Board Using Katie Botkin’s lifeboat analogy, Cindy Kunsman explores the “Second Generation Adult” and Lourdes Torres-Mantefeuel’s alleged sex abuse by Vision Forum’s Doug Phillips By Cindy Kunsman, UnderMuchGrace.com On the same day that Lourdes Torres-Manteufel’s petition was filed, the first cousin of Vision Forum’s Stay at Home Daughter evangelists/role models published a blog essay that I found deeply moving. Katie Botkin, the daughter of Geoffrey Botkin‘s brother Greg, noted that attorney David C. Gibbs III filed the documents on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Doug Phillips used the event as a talking point and cele … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: What Happens to the Preyed Upon?

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Remember that awful mea culpa of the youth pastor who'd been caught committing statutory rape with girl at his church as published in Christianity Today? The furor was so immediate and passionate that the story was eventually removed from all media outlets that published it.Now someone who was taken advantage by a youth pastor as an under legal age young woman with body image issues has stepped forward to tell what it's like to be on the receiving end of a sexual predator in t … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Who’s Judging and Intolerant of Who Here?

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by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men -True Sons of God Do Not Tolerate What God Does Not Tolerate! The Cake Bakker (sic) in Colorado who is being forced by the powers that be to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage, which is against his convictions, is sickening to say the least. Although I understand, at this time, that the law in Colorado cannot force him, they will try to make him look an like evil and intolerant man. I pray he will stand strong in his convictions. … [Read more...]

Convergent Books and Evangelical Imprimatur

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons If you’re not familiar with the term imprimatur, it’s a Latin expression that means “let it be printed.” It’s associated with the Roman Catholic Church, and depending on the context, was used to actively censor books that either a) disagreed with the Church’s teaching, or b) could possibly damage the Church’s reputation. Many of these books– banned because they contained “doctrinal or moral error,” supposedly– would appear in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Books included in the Index could not be printed, and considering the influence that Roman Catholicism had over Europe during the dawn of movable-type printing, this reli … [Read more...]

Why it is Hard to Be Around Christianity and Christians

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardMy friend Zoe wrote: …Some in the secular world want to cooperate with moderates &/or liberal-minded theists.  I think it’s probably a noble thing to attempt.  The thing is, for me, and likely for many others it reminds me of playing skip at recess time with a bully.  The bully has chased you for years, kicked you in the gut and hoped you’d burn in hell, and will be waiting to do it to you all over again after school . . . but it’s okay to skip at recess time with the bully… … [Read more...]

Why Would Any Woman Want to be an Evangelical Christian?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardWhy would any woman want to be a Christian? If the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by God, and every word is true, why would any modern, thinking woman ever darken the door of an Evangelical church?Over the past hundred years women have continued to gain rights and privileges kept from them by men, law, and social propriety. The right to vote. Equal pay for equal work. The right to use birth control. … [Read more...]

Jeremy Lott, Rachel Held Evans, and Taboos in the Evangelical Christian Culture Industry

by SierraIn the attempt to track down sales figures for the evangelical Christian marriage book market, I found the following article by Jeremy Lott. He originally wrote it in 2003, but recently reposted it on his blog. The article discusses the range of products that make up the Christian culture market, including books. I think it’s worthwhile to look at Christian culture as an industry, the same way we look at Hollywood. The booksellers, music labels and product manufacturers are … [Read more...]


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