What Happened When I Called the Cops on Dad

by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyI’ve been reading these stories of homeschool kids who were so scared of CPS. They were told that CPS were evil, would find any excuse to take them away, and that they would wind up in foster care situations where they would be horribly abused, physically and sexually, and where people hated them because they believed in God. They were told that the worst thing the foster care people would try to do was force you to reject Jesus and if you did, you would go to hell … [Read more...]

Part 1 – Living Happily in ‘Plan B’

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental God had this perfect plan.   Let’s call it His ‘Plan A’.   It included creating a perfect world, perfect living creatures, perfect food, perfect environment and a perfect man with whom to commune.  Included in His plan was to create a perfect woman for His perfect man, and enjoy the goodness of all He made.  It was perfect in every way. … [Read more...]

Are Children Born Atheists?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserRecent discussions on Fundamentalist Tony Breeden’s deconstruction of my life have revealed that I need to clarify something I wrote several years ago in the series titled From Evangelicalism to Atheism. In Part Two of the series, I said: One of the questions I am often asked is, Why did you become an Evangelical or Why did you become an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist?This is the wrong question. The real question is, how could I NOT have become an Evangelical or Independent Fundamentalist Baptist?Every child born into this world is an atheist. Not one of them knows one thing about god or religi … [Read more...]

I am a Publican and a Heathen Part 4

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: The last part of a series by Bruce on how he came to be burned out of ministry and religion. Many of us here have had not dissimilar experiences as we deconverted from Quiverfull.This post concludes the I Am a Publican and a Heathen series. This series details my experiences as co-pastor of Community Baptist Church in Elmendorf Texas. In March 1994, I left a pastorate of eleven years and moved to Texas so I could co-pastor a thriving, growing Sovereign Grace Baptist church. … [Read more...]

The Power of a Transformed Wife – Part One Chapter One – Where is the Love?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerThis chapter is entirely the personal history of author Lori Alexander, and from the way it reads I would venture to guess that perhaps the author has a touch of psychopathy because she seems like she lacks a lot of human emotions in her retelling of her life. There seems like there are lots of red flags for a certain type of disorder in this book. There's sure no love here for anyone and Lori is sharing many stories that reflect as badly on her parents and others as herself. You shouldn't have to keep putting down others to inflate yourself. … [Read more...]

The Story – Part 3

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental PARTY TIMEIt was the end of the 1900’s.  There was much uncertainty in the air everywhere, about what the next millennium would bring.  Would our computer-dependent world come to a screeching halt?  Would there be a shortage of food, water and electricity?  Should we be stockpiling goods in preparation? … [Read more...]

Part 2 – The Story

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental  THE CHURCH WE BECAMEPaul and I began to be much more attracted to the teachings of ‘old-fashioned’ preachers and evangelists who seemed to be having great success in raising ‘Godly’, obedient, adoring children.  We frequented camp meetings where these preachers and evangelists could be heard.  They were loud, passionate and charismatic pulpiteers who knew how to deliver powerful sermons and lure audiences to surrender.  … [Read more...]

Part 1 – The Story

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental REASONSIn order to add some context to the articles I have written on this blog I want to designate a page to summarize our story from beginning to end.   It is my hope, as it has always been, to expose not only the wrongs that The Preacher was guilty of, but to own the actual wrongs we committed as opposed to what The Preacher has stated publicly using skilled innuendo and out-right public accusations. … [Read more...]

Dear Family, Friends and Former Parishioners

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: Posting this because sometimes it's a good idea to stop and look back to measure just how far we've come from our old life.What follows is the letter I sent in April 2009 to my family, friends and former parishioners. This letter came after Polly and I attended church for the 2008 Sunday before Thanksgiving. I am republishing it here so it is part of the historical narrative of my life. I know many of you have read this before but I hope you will read it again. As I reread this, I am reminded that what I wrote here is still, almost 6 years later, the motivating factor of my life.  The … [Read more...]

Three Years In

by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (and Found) Mind of Kaleesha Williams(Editor's Note: Kaleesha is talking about her journey three years post-fundamentalism. There is hope of having a full life after leaving toxic faith.)Yesterday marks the third anniversary of the day I laid aside the Bible, having found the answers to the last of my questions about the god within its pages. My conclusion after years of study and devotion? The Bible was written by men who inspired by their ideas of things bigger than themselves, men who were grasping at significance in the majesty of space and time.And that’s okay. We’re all doing that, in a way. It’s part of this journey, … [Read more...]