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The Violent Take Paradise by Force

My husband’s latest:

“In this episode, Tom uses the recent Ben Shapiro/Tucker Carlson exchange on the wisdom of stifling technological progress (read: bowing out of the arms race) as a springboard to revisit the dual concepts of power and paradise.”

http://thechifiles.com/2018/12/05/the-violent-take-paradise-by-force/ 

Why Christians Need to Be in Content Creation

“If all the world were Christian, it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But, as it is, a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now — not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground — would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (MacMillan, 1980), 28.

 

Genesis from The Beginning – Live-streaming with my Husband

My husband and I started live-streaming together a couple weeks ago. We are going through Genesis from the beginning and talking about it based on our areas of expertise. His is biology, science, and laymen level theology, mine being sociology, mythology, and human sexuality.

We both are also big on foreign languages so we have backgrounds in Greek (him) Hebrew (both) and Latin (both). We tend to talk about things that are not discussed in mainstream when looking at the text, so if you like that sort of thing you can check out the first episode here. I hope to be moving over to solely working with my husband on content creation outside of my books, so I definitely recommend checking it out so you can get acquainted with him and the two of us collaborating! 🙂

Livestream #2 – Publicly Christian

You can catch the replay of my latest livestream here!

Bridging Generational Gaps in Purity Culture

In this episode, Rebecca discusses understanding and bridging the generational gap in thinking about purity culture and courtship.

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If you would like to find more of Rebecca’s content like media appearances, more podcast episodes, and her book The Scarlet Virgins, you can go to www.scarletvirgins.com!

If you would like to support Rebecca in her journey and help her fund more books and other content, please consider becoming a patron over at https://www.patreon.com/RebeccaLemke

The Scarlet Virgins Book Review by Sisters of Katie Luther

I have not cried this hard in a long time.

Huge, huge thank you to Sisters of Katie Luther, I am so honored that they have reviewed my book, I had no idea until a friend sent it to me. Words fail to express my gratitude.

“She speaks not as some feminist torpedoing chastity as an unnecessary relic of a by-gone era, but rather as a pious Christian woman who asks for a return to biblical chastity.”

Read the Review Here

Good Christian Girls Follow The Rules…

Rebecca Lemke was a Good Christian Girl who wanted a Good Christian Husband and a Quiverfull of kids. The sort of blessed, picturesque life promised to people who followed The Rules.

The Rules were these:

Don’t wear anything that could cause your male friends to stumble. Scratch that, don’t wear anything but denim skirts and long-sleeve shirts, even when at the pool.

Don’t touch before you get married. No kissing, no hugging, no hand-holding. Break this rule, and you are damaged goods, chewed gum, spit-in water.

Don’t have a crush. If you have a crush on someone before you’re married, you cannot give your husband your whole heart. You’ll have an emotional STD that will infect your marriage! You should really just marry your first crush.

Don’t have problems. Good Christian Girls don’t have problems.

Don’t ask questions. Good Christian Girls don’t do that, either.

Don’t fight back. If a man hurts you, then you led him on and deserved it.

Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.

As long as you follow The Rules, everything will be great.

And everything was great. Until it wasn’t.

The small town homeschool group she attended imploded, leaving Rebecca isolated and alone.

Everything came to a head when one of her friends was violently raped by none other than her older brother.

Everyone around Rebecca said that the girl had deserved it.

But the girl had followed The Rules. The Rules that were supposed to keep them safe and give them a good life.

That was the moment she knew something was wrong, and she wasn’t going to stay silent any longer.

The Scarlet Virgins is a memoir of Rebecca’s journey through the ramifications of spiritual abuse and purity culture, wrestling with the temptation of apostasy, the descent of herself and others into the depths of addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, depression, self-harm, and suicide. She outlines the dangers of finding your identity in your purity or ability to follow the Law rather than in Christ and what he has done for you.

An Atheist and A Christian Coming Together: Episode 1

My friend Raymond and I have started a new podcast. It is also up on iTunes and Stitcher! I got a bit uppity on this one so there is a language warning. Here is the synopsis:

“An Atheist and a Christian come together to discuss social issues in the world. We want to show everyone that a solitary belief does not make a person and that we are more alike than we think. No-holds barred, we talk about EVERYTHING, and we discuss topics from our entirely different backgrounds.”

Here is the episode synopsis:

“Today on our very first episode, Rebecca and I talk about the good that men do, silly things that we see on social media, gun culture and lots more. Come on in and have a listen. Rebecca and I plan to run this every week, airing on a Sunday night. We plan to show others that two people of different walks of life can have more in common than we are different. Tune in, judge for yourself.”

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7 Self-Care Tips For Content Creators

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Content creation is rewarding, but it can be a draining profession to be in. This is especially true if you talk about vulnerable topics like mental health, addiction, abuse, etc. Some people will welcome your content with open arms and thank you for all that you do. Others will do their best to be the nastiest, most vile creation that has ever left a slimy trail all over your comment box.

If you talk about religion or politics on top of the other topics I mentioned, the latter might be what you deal with the most. It can be hard to subject yourself to seeing some of the worst sides of humanity on a regular basis. I find myself envious of my friends who do not have a Twitter or Facebook, let alone a blog! But I know that what I do is important to the people who need it the most. That said, I do have to make sure that I take care of my emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being in the process.

I firmly believe content creators need to practice self-care, and while this may look different for every person, here are some of the things I suggest.

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