Tony Soprano Would Make a Good Independent Baptist Preacher

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser (The terms preacher and pastor are used interchangeably in this article) Several years ago, I binge watched all 86 episodes of  the HBO show The Soprano’s. Once I started watching The Soprano’s, I was hooked. I quickly found out that the HBO version was quite a bit more racy than the sanitized version currently found on various cable TV channels. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Indoctrinating Your Children Jack Hyles Style?

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by Jack Hyles of Hyles-Anderson College and First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana from his book "How To Rear Infants"Editor's note: This was posted on Bruce Gerencser's blog and it reveals the way that children (and everyone else) are pressured to worship the preacher in Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches. That theology has not worked out well, has it, if you go by the examples of Hyles, Jack Schaap and countless other IFB preachers who've ended their careers in scandals born from their absolute control over others. … [Read more...]

Is a 34 Year Old Murder Case Connected to New Bethany Home for Girls?

Image from LSU Faces - A composite drawing from LSU FACES Laboratory shows what investigators believe a woman found dead on Jan. 28, 1981, may have looked like before she was stabbed to death four to six weeks before her body was located in a wooded area in east-central Bossier Parish.

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: Sharing this because it seems like another horrible failure with living and dead victims connected to the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church. For more information on the crimes connected to New Bethany Home read New Bethany Home for Girls endured 30 years of controversy, leaving former residents wondering why and The Long Road to New Bethany and Back by the New Orleans Times - Picayune newspaper … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Personal Agency For Women?

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by pastor Steve L. Anderson from the blog Ramblings of Sheldon Listening to women who talk back and argue with you is like experiencing Chinese water torture and Waterboarding. Given the choice, I’d rather experience Chinese Water Torture. Bonus material from The Friendly Atheist from that same sermon: You see all these celebrity women and music stars who are “independent” and “I can do it all myself” types! That is not who I want my children emulating, because “I don’t want them to think that is what a woman should strive to be. The Bible says a woman should strive to have a meek and quiet spirit…” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Cooking is Your JOB Woman!?

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Stephen L. Anderson quotes from Ramblings of Sheldon and The Friendly Atheist. The Friendly Atheist link has a live blogging of Anderson's sermon with lots of content.  For such a skinny guy Anderson seems particularly focused on food. … [Read more...]

Writing a Letter to Those Who Try to Evangelize You

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by Bruce Gerenscer cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardIf you were once an Evangelical Christian and are now an out-of-the-closet atheist/agnostic, it is likely that you have had family, friends, and members from the last church you attended, try to evangelize you.  I know that has been the case for Polly and I. Since 2008, numerous friends, family members, people who once called me pastor, and men who were once my colleagues in the ministry, have tried to get me to repent and return to the Christian fold. In my wife’s case, it is primarily family that has tried to gently woo her back to the faith once delivered to the saints.These people certainly want what  they think is best … [Read more...]

It’s 9am Sunday Morning, Do You Know the People You Sent Your Children To?

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog Seeking The LightIn the last few months I've noticed a proliferation of church buses cruising through my neighborhood here in my small town in the Virginia Piedmont every Sunday morn. Some of the drivers wave as I'm getting in my car dressed for service at my own place of worship. I smile and wave back and wonder what the policy is of that particular church to protect the children in their temporary care. … [Read more...]

The Six Inch Rule: Thou Shalt Not Touch

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by Bruce Genercser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardImagine for a moment, that you are sitting in the pew of an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church. You are 16 years old and sitting next to you is your 17-year-old girlfriend. Like normal teenagers, you are sitting as close as possible to your girlfriend and you are discreetly, cleverly holding handsThe pastor is getting ready to preach and he asks everyone to turn to 1 Corinthians 7:1,2. With a thunderous voice, the pastor says, THE BIBLE SAYS: … [Read more...]

News: Did the Medical Care Received Equal an Abortion or Birth Control?

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Just like many of you dear readers we have been following Zsuzsanna Anderson, the wife of Arizona pastor Steven L. Anderson at her blog, Are They All Yours!!,  and watching her recent struggles with a high risk pregnancy.  Thankfully the  medical treatment she received for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome helped her deliver a normal healthy baby boy. … [Read more...]

Jack Schaap Asks For Vacated Sentence: Lawyers Didn’t Smear Victim

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward(Editor's note: This week at NLQ we've had a plethora of new commenters showing up defending Jack Schaap, calling the victim all sorts of naughty names before being auto-banned. The nicer ones were allowed to post comments and to a man they all are repeating the same thing verbatim about how the victim should be punished too. Outrageous and it looks like this plan of attack was organized by the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church, not just Schaap's followers. This is what hard-core spiritual abuse sanctioned by a church looks like. That a church could be involved in tearing apart a young girl is beyond disgusting.) … [Read more...]


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