For those who might not have caught it, over on Incongruous Circumspection there was a very detailed account (in their own words) of a husband and wife pastoral/cult leader team whose position and power had, to put it mildly, gone to their heads. Here's a link to Part 1. Be sure to check out the whole series. Eye-opening. Lots of other good stuff there, too.
Libby Anne has a fairly new blog dealing with her own journey to freedom from P/QF. Many of you already know of her blog, but for those of you who don't, check it out. Very articulate writer and she'll challenge you to think.
Particularly in the south, hokey church marquees are part of the culture. I can drive 15 minutes in any direction and see a whole litany of cheese - and I live waaaay out in the woods. Lucky for us, there's a blog which is gathering photos of the cheese-fests. Check out Crummy Church Signs. My personal favorite there - "Staying in bed, shouting "Oh God!", does not constitute going to church."
A thank you to Sara for sending me a link to the following video...
I know, dude. I know. Poor guy.
The Botkins Sisters are gearing up to write another book. How in the world would they know anything about this topic? To my knowledge, neither has dated or "courted", so all they'll be doing is parroting the ideas of others - but their followers will lap it up and treat it as holy writ.
A thank you to JR for sending a link to the following...
I loathe when people ultra-spiritualize what should be a practice of common sense.
And here we have another naive, fundamentalist teenager with no real experience (but a lot of indoctrination) giving free advice. You'll get exactly what you pay for.
Quite possibly the worst song I've ever heard...
I found it over at Jesus Needs New PR. Lord knows I've been called to play on records full of "home-made" songs, so for me to say it's bad, well...It ranks right up there with a demo I once received for a tune called "His First Name Is 'God', but His Last Name's Not 'Damn'". Watching this, after a while, all I could think was, "His arms have got to be getting tired."
I first saw the following video about 20 years ago - and it was probably the hardest I've ever laughed. Pretty much every Christian music artist in the country had a copy of this on their bus way back when. Some of you may find this offensive and sophomoric (and granted, it may be sophomoric - but it's funny, so lighten up). For those who don't know who this guy is...he's a well documented fraud, once having had plastic surgery on his face because he'd "spent so much time laying upon prayer requests that the ink in the paper seeped into his skin and forced him to have the surgery". Enjoy, or, if you're easily offended, avoid...