Curiosity, A Missing Evangelical Trait

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by Bruce Gerencser from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhy is it that so many Evangelicals have no desire to be curious? Yes, I know many are, so don’t get your panties in a bunch if you are acuriouser (sp) than a cat Evangelical. I frequently get  an email or a blog comment from an Evangelical Christian wanting to “help” me find my way to Jesus. They are certain that they possess the requisite knowledge and skill to win me to Jesus. They are certain that if they just befriend me, quote the right verses, soothe my hurts, or understand my pain, I will fall on my knees and call on the name of Jesus. … [Read more...]

I’m Not Asking For Perfection

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalI've had many conversations over the last 2 or 3 years that revolved around my experience of abuse in the church and my subsequent disillusionment with that institution.There have been people who disapproved of me being upset and who therefore assumed that somehow I was the one at fault. Others were distressed that I would even suggest that there was anything wrong in 'their church'. Then there were those who recognised there was something amiss, but didn't want to get involved.But, interestingly enough, there was one line almost every person produced. "You can't expect the church to be perfect - it's made up of imperfect … [Read more...]

Catholic Response to Vyckie Garrison’s Life Story

Over the last month since Vyckie's entire remarks at the American Atheist convention were published has brought a great deal of media attention to NLQ. That is not the only thing, it's brought a number of republishings, remarks and rebuttals to her life story. … [Read more...]

The Good and the Ugly Aspects of Christian Homeschooling

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The Good and the Ugly Aspects of Christian Homeschooling - views from the insiders will be featured on today's Free Thought Fridays and Variety Show with Al and Deborah. The show will feature some of our NLQ regulars and associates. More from their site. … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard has negatively affected my life…Part 1

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by Shadow SpringI started this blog to have a space to write about how patriarchal fundamentalist thought had affected my marriage and resulted in disaster on many levels. The truth is that patriarchal fundamentalist thought had already wreaked havoc on my life before I even met my husband, … [Read more...]

Two Simple Statements

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by SamanthaBy the time I was a sophomore at an extremely conservative Christian college, I had gone through twelve years at an IFB church and been manipulated and bullied by quiverful and patriarchal teachings. My family had been excommunicated from the church, and friends I had … [Read more...]

A Clever Boy

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by Jeffrey Witthauer An atheist page asked those of us who were formerly religious to share our stories. This is what I wrote up. I was raised in a cult. I do not use that word lightly. The sign outside the church said "Baptist", but we were not part of any Baptist convocation. We were a fanatically fundamentalist sect, and I could count on one hand the number … [Read more...]

Toddlerhood: Part 3 – Accidents

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by MariAccidentsI was an accident-prone child.When I was somewhere between two and 3 years old, I had my first ER experience.I had been playing with an older cousin who was holding me by the arms and spinning me around in circles. It was fun. Lots of fun.I imagine myself all giggles, begging for more-Until I found myself flying through the air and then falling to the ground with a thud.I don’t remember much about that incident. I was taken to the ER where I had an X-ray of my arm done. They asked me if I could put my arm above my head and I thought about it and said no. I hadn’t tried to move my arm after the incident, and I didn’t want to try at the hospital eit … [Read more...]

Before There Was Me: Part 4

by MariAnd Then There  Were TwoMy second brother, Andrew was born nearly two years after Jonathan.Today, I’d say my favorite part about Andy is that he’s daddy to a special little 2-year old girl and a precious 3-week old baby girl. And of course, husband to a wonderful lady.Another thing I love about him is that he knows everything there is to know about air conditioners. This came in very handy about a month ago when I was in the market for one.But that is today.Andy is a typical “middle child.” I could go into a lot of family dynamics about how this works, but I’ll spare you. It’s true that middle children seek outside relationships more than oldest or youngest ch … [Read more...]


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