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How God Guides (by R. A. Torrey)

How God Guides (by R. A. Torrey)

​This article was written by R. A. Torrey, and it's been especially instructive to me. For more writings and Bible studies by Torrey, visit the R. A. Torrey Archive. For a hymn with lyrics by R. A. Torrey, check out Bless Thou Jehovah on my New Creation CD. — Eric *      *      * "Yet I am […]

Recommended Reading: Have a Nice Doomsday!

Recommended Reading: Have a Nice Doomsday!

(A Round-up of Several Good Posts on the Phony Rapture Prediction and What To Do About It) As you've probably heard, self-styled "prophet" Harold Camping and his organization Family Radio have spent massive time and money publicizing the notion that the Lord is coming back on May 21, 2011! (Woohoo!) Followed of course in quick […]

The Bondage of Betrothal

The Bondage of Betrothal

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters. One of the fundamental teachings of the Biblical Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements is the doctrine of “biblical courtship,” or “betrothal.” (My brother suggested the word “casuistries” instead of “teachings,” which is perfect except that I didn’t know it before, either.) This teaching has it that since a father […]

Antidotes to Spiritual Abuse

Antidotes to Spiritual Abuse

Newly updated and expanded for Quivering Daughters. First published here September 26, 2009. Guilt, shame, and condemnation. Unspoken rules you have to live up to. Authoritarian leaders you can’t ever question. An exclusive “us-vs.-them” mentality. Subtle or not-so-subtle pressure to fit in. Barely veiled manipulation and peer pressure tactics. Fear of doing the wrong thing. Public […]

Turn Your Eyes Upon...

Turn Your Eyes Upon…

Another in my weekly series for Quivering Daughters funny thing happens when you spend time with someone. When I was in college, I studied music with a composer named Edwin Childs. I had several classes and weekly lessons with him, absorbing as much knowledge as I possibly could. Music theory, harmony, counterpoint, hymnology, you name […]

Sheep Story

Sheep Story

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters The best thing ever written on spiritual abuse is a poem about sheep. I haven’t got many sheep in my neighborhood—the picture here is one we took in Ireland—but every word in this poem is so true it aches. Someone once asked me, when you hear stories of […]

Broken

Broken

Another in my weekly series for Quivering Daughters broken arm is painful. A broken glass is dangerous. A broken mirror is unlucky. A broken heart is depressing. A broken toy is sad. A broken promise is wrong. So it’s strange that some well-meaning devotional writers tell us that spiritual brokenness is something we should aspire […]

Godly Authority: A Flight to Topsyturvydom

Godly Authority: A Flight to Topsyturvydom

Another in my weekly series of articles for Quivering Daughters. oet and playwright W. S. Gilbert (you might know him from his operettas composed with Arthur Sullivan) wrote some comic poems about the far-away land of Topsyturvydom: Where vice is virtue—virtue, vice: Where nice is nasty—nasty, nice: Where right is wrong and wrong is right— […]

The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian

The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian

Another in my series of weekly posts for Quivering Daughters here’s this sermon I’ve heard a few dozen times. You’ve probably heard it too. It goes like this. Some Christians are really passionate and sold out for the Lord. They do great things. They live ri­ghteously. They don’t do anything that could be considered worldly. […]