Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Bad Marriages Are Like Bad Health?

by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - Seven Pearls for Finding a Happy MarriageEditor's note: This is all from a guy that drove his wife like a mule on their honeymoon and caused her to collapse in exhaustion and we're supposed to believe his words on how to have a good marriage? No, marriages are not like if your health is good or bad. Health isn't an automatic given based upon what you eat or do daily. How does he explain things that are inherited or happen for no reason? Some nice blaming and shaming there for people not living exactly like he thinks everyone should. Also did not Debi have to have neck surgery and Michael himself have a heart procedure? What is he … [Read more...]

The Smell Test: 5 Signs of a Toxic Church

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samanthapfield.comThis weekend we drove past a billboard advertising a “Christian Center” with one of those buzzword names, like Thirst or Resurgence or Ember or Pathway or Crossover (and, suddenly, these are also names for cars). I didn’t know what a “Christian Center” could be, so I looked it up thinking maybe it was like a Christian-themed recplex or something. Turns out it was a church, with trendy, mobile-responsive design, but the copy for the website was so bad it cracked me up. I started reading portions out loud to Handsome, but one phrase (“mode of dress”) pulled me up in my tracks. … [Read more...]

Parsing a Pearl Prayer Request – When ‘Good’ Christians Claim Persecution For Toxic Belief

by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog Every Breaking WaveSomething very odd crossed my Facebook account in the last few days. It was a prayer request by Debi Pearl, wife of Michael Pearl and author of such toxic tomes as 'Created To Be A Help Meet' and 'Preparing To Be A Help Meet'. You know the Pearls, not only have they authored a ton of books and have a ministry named No Greater Joy, but they also advocate disciplining children with a quarter inch thick piece of plumbing line for infractions as slight as being grumpy or daring to have normal childhood needs. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Adapt To Your Man Or Else?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - Multi-Colored GirlFirst the 'be like me!' and now the comes the hard slap in the face that is Debi's marriage advice. Does 'Glorious Marriage' really mean 'Abusive Slavery'? … [Read more...]