Godly Authority: A Flight to Topsyturvydom

Godly Authority: A Flight to Topsyturvydom by Eric M. Pazdziora 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—Where white is […]

The Over-Controlled Adult Child

The Over-Controlled Adult Child When I was little, I had a child’s pocketbook story that illustrated, in soft pastels, the fruits of the Spirit. I could recite them in thirds like a clumsy waltz: “Love, joy, peace. Long-suffering, kindness, goodness. Faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Mom, what is long-suffering?” I kept these fruits close and studied them, […]

Why I am Still a Christian

Why I am Still a Christian couple of similar comments were left recently that I wanted to address in a post: “Without trying to be antagonistic, I am curious why so many have continued in the christian religion after their experiences with it. I was raised as a strong Protestant, and had spent years studying […]

The Over-Controlled Adult Child

The Over-Controlled Adult Child When I was little, I had a child’s pocketbook story that illustrated, in soft pastels, the fruits of the Spirit. I could recite them in thirds like a clumsy waltz: “Love, joy, peace. Long-suffering, kindness, goodness. Faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Mom, what is long-suffering?” I kept these fruits close and studied them, […]

The Bondage of Betrothal

April 28, 2011 The Bondage of Betrothal by Eric M. Pazdziora 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 […]

What is Abuse?

What is Abuse? Abuse is a hot, yet tender, topic. Nearly everyone would agree that abuse is horrible, unjustifiable, and devastating. Invariably, within a discussion of abuse, someone will bring up the question of definitions and ask, but what is abuse? Are we just throwing the word around, willy-nilly, and making false accusations? Are we […]

The Bondage of Betrothal

The Bondage of Betrothal by Eric M. Pazdziora 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 […]

The Bondage of Betrothal

The Bondage of Betrothal by Eric M. Pazdziora 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 […]

What is Abuse?

What is Abuse? Abuse is a hot, yet tender, topic. Nearly everyone would agree that abuse is horrible, unjustifiable, and devastating. Invariably, within a discussion of abuse, someone will bring up the question of definitions and ask, but what is abuse? Are we just throwing the word around, willy-nilly, and making false accusations? Are we […]

Spiritual Abuse

Spiritual Abuse **This post was formerly titled “Spiritual Abuse in the Family.” I have updated and reposted it here. ** Many resources exist for those who have experienced horrendous spiritual abuse within churches or other religious organizations. I am so grateful for those who have followed their calling to minister to the brokenhearted within Christendom–the […]