Legalism

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

First published Christmas 2009; newly updated for Quivering Daughters. I think I finally figured out what Christmas trees are really about. A while ago I found a blog article on the subject of our friend Mr. Tannenbaum. Apparently (the author observed) some folks believe that Christmas trees are pagan symbols that the church has adopted […]

When Rest is Hard

When Rest is Hard

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters ast week, Carrie got a cold. It was the kind of cold where medicine doesn’t really do much; until it gets better, you just have to wait, take some time off, and rest. The problem is that Carrie prefers to be active, so she’s not used to having […]

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 […]

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. […]

Recommended Reading on Worship and Stuff

Recommended Reading on Worship and Stuff

Looking for something to read over the weekend? A good place to start is Quivering Daughters’ new series Journey to Grace. Read the stories; add your own. This is a simply inspired idea and I’m excited to see where it will take us. (Well, to grace of course, but grace takes so many unexpected shapes […]

Guest Post on The Cult Next Door

Guest Post on The Cult Next Door

Here’s one of those writing gigs I mentioned. A while ago, I was invited to contribute a guest post to a blog called The Cult Next Door that deals (appropriately enough) with issues of cults and spiritual abuse. The title comes from the fact that the author was for many years a member of a […]

Reader Question: Did Jesus Teach Legalism?

Reader Question: Did Jesus Teach Legalism?

Site reader and frequent commenter OneSurvivor (who by the way has quite a good blog on abuse-related issues) has rediscovered the best way to get me to write a post: Ask me a good question! No really, do; it gets me talking like nothing else. She recently sent in this comment: I have to ask. […]

Giving Up Self-Denial for Lent?

Giving Up Self-Denial for Lent?

Today on a blog that discusses issues of spiritual abuse– the blog in question is directed to survivors of a high-control group that puts a lot of emphasis on finding God through physical suffering, righteous living, and other forms of legalism– a very interesting question was raised in this post: If you purposely choose to […]

Heavens! A St. Peter Joke with Good Theology!

Heavens! A St. Peter Joke with Good Theology!

Good heavens! Rev. Bosco Peters of Liturgy.co.nz has gone and found it. It’s a St. Peter joke (you know, this guy dies and goes to the pearly gates and he meets St. Peter and St. Peter says….) that actually has good theology. Well, for a St. Peter joke. Have a gander: A man dies and […]