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...]

Why Highland Park Baptist Church Leaders Should Go To Jail

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardEvery day, there seems to be another story about a pastor, youth director, deacon, Sunday school teacher, or church leader committing a sexual crime. One common theme in these stories is that the church/church leaders often knew about the criminal behavior long before it was reported. (and often it is only reported when they are backed into a corner and forced to report it) … [Read more...]

Baptist ‘Boot Camps’ in Need of Watchful Eyes

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Baptist Taliban and Beyond(Editor's note: This was originally published on Baptist Taliban and Beyond on September 14, 2011 but the issue remains a crucial one in recovery as long as places like these and Hephzibah House remain open. The physical and emotional damage to children continues as long as these places exist.) … [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 BeyondI 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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Wait, What? The ‘Sinners Prayer’ Is Not Enough?

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by David Cloud from The Way Of Life.Org, which is affiliated with the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church. “The fruit of the Hyles model and methodology has often consisted of moral and spiritual shipwreck. … [Read more...]

The Fundy World Tales: Part 1

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardSetting the StoryMy parents were saved (put their faith in Jesus) at the Scott Memorial Baptist Church, San Diego, California (now Shadow Mountain Community Church) in the early 1960’s. The pastor of the church was Tim LaHaye. … [Read more...]


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