Bill Gothard: A Change of Heart or Still Dishonest?

If Gothard is not totally honest and trustworthy, it casts doubt on the accuracy of his teachings. It also casts great doubt on his claims that he is innocent of the charges against him.

So what does his new website show? Read More …

Purity Culture Messed Me Up. This New Book Explains Why.

I grew up in Purity Culture.

And while, to some people, that probably sounds like a good thing, it wasn’t.

But what in the world could be wrong with promoting purity?

Plenty. Read More …

5 Myths About Christmas [Reblog]

My brother Nathan just posted the results of his research into the origins of Christmas. Whatever your beliefs about celebrating Christmas, I highly recommend that you check out his article! For years I have heard various arguments for and against Read More …

When a Head Covering Becomes a Lucky Charm

Recently, I was talking with God about headcovering, and He showed me that, for some people, the headcovering had become a lucky charm.

Worse yet, I myself had perpetuated the mentality that turns a headcovering into a lucky charm, and I had to repent. Read More …

Modesty: A Letter to Myself, 10 Years Later

Dear Joel, I read your article about modesty, entitled “What Should I Wear?” I want to commend you for your passion and desire to serve the Lord. However, I want to share with you some things that God has been Read More …

Of Zombies, Hearing God, Paul Emerson, and Anabaptist Eyeglasses

Last week, I wrote probably the most controversial thing I’ve ever written. I told the story of visiting a church, and realizing that the pastor was preaching a dead sermon. I said that he was a zombie—a walking dead man—and Read More …

Learning to Know Our Father, Part 5: Responding to God’s Love

In our study of God’s love so far, we’ve seen that God is love, and that He doesn’t want us to be afraid of Him. We’ve seen that we need to understand His nature, including His love, in order to Read More …