Unsystematic Theology

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 […]

Clean

Clean

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters I have felt dirty and unworthy of a clean slate with God ever since my experience, ever since that meeting with Mrs. H—, this feeling has plagued me for years…. The struggle that has lingered from my TM days is guilt. –Anna (on Recovering Alumni) Everybody’s felt that. […]

Reader Question: Should Christians Celebrate Birthdays?

Reader Question: Should Christians Celebrate Birthdays?

(or, Beagles, the Bible, and Birthdays) Ali writes: Have you written on “birthdays?” My parents taught us the bible teaches that birthday celebrations are wrong and selfish. I remember King Herod being an example. I also was the example for my younger sisters as on my 6th birthday I acted selfish and ungrateful and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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— […]

Duck? Duck? Goose.

Duck? Duck? Goose.

This is the first in what we hope will be a weekly series of articles at the lovely website Quivering Daughters. If you like this kind of thing or need some encouragement, especially from Spiritual Abuse, check them out! If you're coming here by way of QD, welcome, and why not subscribe?   *   *   […]

Literally Noir

Literally Noir

The streets of the city are always dark, especially when it’s raining. And they just put a fresh coat of grime down 67th street. It got all over my office window. Not that you can see anything out my office window anyway. And if you could, you wouldn’t want to. I’ve seen it all, and […]

The Misadventures of Person C, or, Why Couldn't God Just Forgive Us?

The Misadventures of Person C, or, Why Couldn’t God Just Forgive Us?

There’s a lot on my mind lately, but, though it’s not really a great pressing concern to me, I keep coming back to one particular issue.  Perhaps that means it will be illuminating to somebody, so here it is. From several places, I’ve heard what appears to be a common objection to the Gospel message: […]