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On Being A Victim

April 20, 2014 | Author:

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I know that everyone in the world right now is freaking out about the Doug Philips scandal, and to be honest, the whole thing grosses me out so much that I don’t even want to read about it. And given that I don’t even want to read about it, I’m certainly not going to pull up my socks and start writing about it. But the whole situation has given me some food for thought, and that is on the question of how to raise our daughters so that they don’t fall prey to the manipulations of that kind of man – because those kind of men are found the world over, not merely in patriarchal conservative groups. Is your daughter ever likely to encounter more than three men in the course of her life? Then she will encounter this kind of man. So how do we teach our daughters to be submissive but also strong? To be gracious but also quick to say no?

I have three daughters, all of whom are are now closer to “young lady” than “little girl,” so this isn’t a hypothetical question for me! Here are some of the things that have been bouncing around in my head on this question, in no particular order – things that are very much at the front of my mind as I watch these lovely girls grow up.

Read the rest here.

Recommended Resources
Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks)
Sinfulness of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks)
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
The Sovereignty of God
Humility
If You Bite And Devour One Another

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Husbands Love Your Wives -Webinar

April 14, 2014 | Author:

Husbands-Love-Your-Wive---Landing-PageHusbands, This is for you! Would you like to sit under the instruction of the foremost voice on family life during the Puritan era?

Have you ever needed some detailed, practical counsel for your marriage? Have you ever wished someone would speak to the everyday matters that pop up in your marriage and family life? Have you ever heard sound teaching, but wished for more than broad theological principles? You needed someone to speak frankly. You wanted someone to show you exactly how the biblical principles applied in the real situations you are experiencing.

Christian leaders understand how important it is to win the consciences of people so that you are not pressuring them to act against what they believe is right, and the husband’s leadership in the home is no exception to this rule.

Gouge shows concern that husbands not misuse their authority. They must not be harsh. They must not become too demanding in hospitality and the labors that go with it. They should make sure they are not being too suspicious or controlling. Their use of authority should not discourage their wives, but encourage them.

Love speaks many languages, and Gouge calls the man to use them all, from a kind and cheerful facial expression to giving her special gifts. He strongly emphasizes the husband’s responsibility to provide for his wife’s financial needs. He urges men to show their wives tenderness and compassion when they are sick, especially when they face the travails of pregnancy and childbirth. At every turn, Gouge summons husbands to the high calling of loving their wives—as Christ did the church—with sacrificial, affectionate service.

For more information or to register for the webinar, click here.

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Feminists Go Bonkers Over Kirsten Dunst’s One, Simple Comment

April 12, 2014 | Author:

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The left seems to count on Hollywood stars to toe the ideological line, reacting harshly whenever a celebrity shows any sign of independent thought. Actress Kirsten Dunst was among the latest targets following a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

By embracing a view that was almost universally shared among Americans just a few generations ago, she faced cruel ad hominem attacks from numerous media outlets and feminist leaders.

She said feminine qualities that were once celebrated have “been a little undervalued” in our current society.

“We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created,” she continued. “And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor.”

Perhaps sensing the forthcoming deluge of negative comments, she apologized for what came next.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman.”

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective
It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way

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Rachel Held Evans has a rude awakening

April 11, 2014 | Author:

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This is one reason there was such confusion and misunderstanding in the World Vision flap. It was not, as RHE and many others mistakenly claimed, “financial pressure from evangelicals” which forced the change of decision. A confidential inside source has told me that what really happened was that a small liberal faction in one corner of leadership tried to leverage the current political climate to pull a coup within the organization. They gained a lot of support immediately from the liberal media, and liberals like RHE shouting with glee, but the majority of the leadership reacted quickly, regained control, and squashed the coup.

It was internal pressure, not external as much, that righted World Vision.

Christians need to understand, and will probably hear shortly, that World Vision is a massive international organization with offices in over 100 countries and over 50,000 employees. The decision to support homosexual relationships did not come for World Vision as a whole, but only World Vision U.S., the US branch. And only a small fraction of those in leadership in that one branch pulled this stunt. They were out of line, they were wrong, and they got corrected.

And now they have outed themselves to the world as not evangelicals, but the liberals they are. And the great thing about it is that they smoked out Rachel Held Evans along with them. Let them rendezvous and enjoy they’re little party in the wilderness.

Now all that remains is for evangelicals to seize this opportunity. Grasp it, use it, manufacture more like it, and send every crypto-liberal running.

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Recommended Resources
The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective
It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way

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More Moms Staying Home, Reversing Decadeslong Decline

April 10, 2014 | Author:

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After decades of decline, the share of mothers who stay home with their children has steadily risen over the last several years, a new report has found.

In 2012, 29% of all mothers with children under age 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999 when 23% of mothers were stay-at-home, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. The share of stay-at-home moms had been dropping since 1967, when about half of all moms stayed home.

Pew attributed the rise of stay-at-home mothers to a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors. The vast majority of married stay-at-home mothers, 85%, say they are doing so by choice in order to care for their families. That rate is much lower for single stay-at-home mothers, at 41%, and cohabitating mothers, at 64%.

The report also found a drop in women working because of the recession, a trend that has lingered as the economy recovers. Pew cited an increase in immigrant families, for whom it is more common to have a mother stay at home with her children, and an increase in the number of women who said they were disabled and unable to work.

A companion public opinion survey by Pew, from 2013, found that mothers are much more likely than fathers to have reduced work hours, take a significant amount of time off, quit a job or, by a small margin, turn down a promotion in order to care for a child or family member. Pew said 42% of mothers said they had reduced their work hours to care for a child or family member, versus 28% of fathers.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Demographic Winter & Demographic Bomb
Three Decades of Fertility
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?

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Share: This Is How Many Babies We’ve Killed

April 10, 2014 | Author:

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Matt Walsh: Thank God for the Gender Wage Gap

April 10, 2014 | Author:

It’s Equal Pay Day, everyone!

As per tradition, progressives mark the occasion by using fabricated numbers to drive a destructive narrative of division and faux-victimhood.

In other words, Equal Pay Day is just like any other day, except with more hashtags. (more…)

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Is Stay-At-Home Daughterhood Biblical?

April 8, 2014 | Author:

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It’s now a little over three years since I realised, much to my surprise, that the Lord was calling me to a productive life as a daughter at home.

It was a bandwagon I’d never planned on joining. I was headed for a legal career, but then, over a period of six months, my future melted away leaving me to ponder how little I had really wanted a career. I’d chosen law, not because I had any particular vision for taking dominion in that way, but because it seemed the most useful way to mark time until marriage.

Slowly I became convinced that being at home was a better option for me, one that meshed more closely with my identity as a homeschool graduate whose highest ambition was to be a wife and mother one day. There were a number of reasons. For just one, why should I dedicate so much effort to building a career I intended to drop like a hot scone when Mr Right appeared? (more…)

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Sloan, Lahl: Inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy

April 4, 2014 | Author:

piratepigThe Minnesota Senate and House are currently considering two separate bills to legalize commercial surrogacy in the state (S.F. 2627 and H.F. 291).

This is occurring despite that similar legislation was defeated just last year and a bill similar to what has been proposed in the Senate was vetoed in 2008. One would think that since Minnesota has twice rejected the proposal of legalizing baby-selling and creating a breeder class of women that the matter is settled. The surrogacy industry, however, is like a hydra that refuses to respect legislative precedent. As soon as a surrogacy bill is defeated, another one immediately appears to take its place. In action more characteristic of a dictatorship than a democracy, the proponents of contract pregnancy insist on enforcing their will no matter how many times their discredited proposal is rejected.

It’s time for the shenanigans and propaganda to stop and for the inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy to be told. First and foremost, surrogacy commodifies women and their bodies, turns children into products for sale, poses serious risks to women’s health and exploits marginalized women as a breeder class for the wealthy. Recognizing that surrogacy is a fundamental human rights issue, in 2011 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on violence against women that condemned surrogacy as a violation of women’s human rights.

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Recommended Resources
Brave New World
Eggsploitation: The Infertility Industry Has a Dirty Little Secret
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life
Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges

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Till Conscious Uncoupling Do Us Part

April 3, 2014 | Author:

The twitter universe was abuzz when actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced on her digital media website GOOP, that after 11 years of marriage, she and her husband, Coldplay front-man Chris Martin, were “consciously uncoupling.”

#consciousuncoupling  . . . Say what?  Everyone else calls it a separation, split, break-up, or divorce. But Paltrow, known as somewhat of a lifestyle guru, thinks those terms carry too much negative baggage. So what, exactly, is conscious uncoupling?  Here are 3 main ideas that I’ve extracted from all the GOOP-y conscious-uncoupling gobbley-gook:

Conscious Uncoupling’s View of Divorce

1.  Divorce is to be Expected

Paltrow’s longtime health and spiritual advisers,  Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, explain that conscious uncoupling  involves re-examining and changing our beliefs about marriage and divorce. They suggest that the high divorce rate is a calling “to learn a new way of being in relationships”–to reject the modern notion that marriage should be a life-long commitment. If you expect to be married several times in your life, then divorce is a normal, expected part of journey. You can consciously uncouple from one spouse and then consciously couple with someone else down the road.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way
Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity
Letters on Practical Subjects to a Daughter (Classic Reprint)
What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad: How a Man Prepares His Daughter for Life

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The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

March 31, 2014 | Author:

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When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you must be checking something off the list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destination. And no matter how many ways you divide your time and attention, no matter how many duties you try and multi-task, there’s never enough time in a day to ever catch up. (more…)

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Why Are You Planning To Do That?

March 31, 2014 | Author:

I am not surprised when sinners sin. I don’t expect people who are apart from Christ to act as if they were united in love to Him, people who are ignorant of spiritual realities to be wise, or people who are slaves to sin to freely pursue righteousness. (more…)

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Time: Ken Ham on the Movie Noah

March 29, 2014 | Author:

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Russell Crowe In a Scene from “Noah”

Leading creationist Ken Ham, who recently debated Bill Nye, says that the new blockbuster, starring Russell Crowe, is an insult to Christians: “Ultimately, there is barely a hint of biblical fidelity in this film. It is an unbiblical, pagan film from its start”

As a Creationist and also a believer in the historical account of Noah and the Flood, I agree with atheist Darren Aronofsky’s statement about his just-released film “Noah”: It is the “least biblical” of Bible-themed films. Any other agreement I have with the filmmaker’s take on the book of Genesis and its account of Noah ends right there. Further, I told a group of pastors earlier today that because I found “Noah” to be a boring 2½ hour movie, it may be the worst film I’ve ever seen.

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Mom, Will You Homeschool Me?

March 29, 2014 | Author:

About fourteen years ago, my athletic, top-of-his-class and popular son came to me and blew me away with an unexpected question. As it turned out, he was battling an emotional turmoil, and the only way he could see out was to be homeschooled.

Here’s what was going down. The kids his age (7th grade) were starting to dabble in marijuana, alcohol and promiscuity. He did not want to travel down that road of destruction, but if he stayed in school, he could only see three options: #1 – partake in the activities and betray everything he stood for; #2 – walk away and be labeled a loser; #3 – be a loner. None of them appealed to him.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was standing in the doorway at the top of my stairwell — grey carpet, white walls with all of our family pictures lined down the hallway. My hand gripping the door handle to the steps, I was in shock.

I was emotionally constipated for sure. My son’s big chocolate brown eyes staring up at me, not quite understanding why I was so frozen in terror. I wanted to have courage, but at that moment, I felt like I was drowning in a whirlpool of self-doubt and fear of the unknown. But he needed an answer – and FAST.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Curriculum Advice, Vol. 1: Practical Help For Intermediate Home Educators
Curriculum Advice, Vol. 2: Practical Help For Intermediate Home Educators
When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling
Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century

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Caroline Farrow: Even in Death, the Unborn Child is According No Respect

March 28, 2014 | Author:

A documentary on Monday by Channel 4‘s Dispatches revealed that ten NHS trusts have admitted to burning the remains of unborn babies as ‘clinical waste’ and that two other trusts have burned foetal remains in ‘waste-to-heat’ energy plants to heat hospitals. (more…)

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