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      Guest Speaker 1.26.17 @ 8pm eastern   01/22/2017

      I am pleased to announce that we have are going to have a Q&A with an ex-evangelical on Thurs, January 26, 2017 @ 8pm.  The Q&A will last for approximately 1 hour.  I will be setting up a subforum for guest speakers as I hope to be able to get some other folks come talk to us. Our guest on Thurs will be Chris Stroop.  Here is his bio: Christopher Stroop grew up a rank-and-file member of the Christian Right in an Evangelical enclave community, Stroop's childhood social milieu consisting mostly of family and people associated with church and/or Christian school. From about the age of 16, Stroop found himself dealing with an increasingly acute crisis of faith that was not addressed properly by the people he talked to about it, and he was subjected to spiritual abuse. Stroop nevertheless went on to earn a BA in history and German from Ball State University (summa cum laude) in 2003, and then a Ph.D. in modern Russian History and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from Stanford in 2012. Subsequently, Stroop spent three academic years teaching in the School of Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow, where he kind of sort of almost got in trouble for "teaching Pussy Riot lyrics." Currently, Stroop teaches nineteenth-century European history and Russian Studies classes as a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida and, as a freelance writer and public speaker, speaks out against the abuses of conservative Christianity in general and the the white Evangelical subculture he comes from in particular. You can find many of his writings in this vein on Religion Dispatches. If you would like to support this work financially, please click here (for monthly support) or here (to leave a one-time gift). Stroop's more academic writings can mostly be found here, and you can follow him on Twitter - @C_Stroop.   We are going to use the Q&A forum format.  I will be setting up a special forum just for Chris.  I will open the forum about 15 minutes before the Q&A starts so you can start asking your questions.   We have a few rules.  Failure to follow these rules will get you temporarily placed in the Prayer Closet so we can preview your posts.  If you get put in the PC during the Q&A you will be released once it's over, but lets just follow the few simple rules so none of that is necessary. Rules for Q&A: 1. Be polite.  This is not an event meant for snark.  Chris is taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to us.  He is an expert in the things we discuss here, so let's give him respect, please. 2. One question per post.   Please don't bog him down with a bunch of questions in one post.  We are using the Q&A format so he can easily answer questions.  Putting a ton of questions in one post defeats the purpose.   You can continue discussion on the thread as he answers and ask another question in the same thread if you have one after he answers. 3. Please try to keep thread drift to a minimum during the Q&A.  After it's over, if you want to continue discussion on the topics  and they drift, that's fine. 4.  Be polite! These rules are subject to change as I and the helpmeets think over possible loopholes (cause there is always one person that has to push boundaries)
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What happened to 7xsunday?

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What happened to 7xsunday? I tried to go a lurking today and the site seems to be gone. Did they finally run out of money? :violin:

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Yea I think they were gone for good about two weeks ago. Urban Exodus has been gone for many months.

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Gabe Anast has marketable skills. There's no excuse that he, his wife, and their children should live in squalor while trying to maintain a heavily-moderated site as a means of making money. Good riddance to that thing.

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I wonder what happened. I also wonder if the Pearls will address this.

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I wonder what happened. I also wonder if the Pearls will address this.

No it's really unlikely the Pearls will address this. Gabe is studying scripture with Papa Pearls blessing. I suspect times are pretty tough on the reservation the Anast family, I think they had another baby this summer, more than likely another winter without heat.

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The Pearls are came under some heat for their beliefs. My guess is that the temporary attention made them even more paranoid. They do not want any reporters-or lawyers-discovering just how crazy their oldest daughter has become.

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The Pearls are came under some heat for their beliefs. My guess is that the temporary attention made them even more paranoid. They do not want any reporters-or lawyers-discovering just how crazy their oldest daughter has become.

How bad is it?

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The Anasts have just self-published Rebekah's reflections on learning, home-schooling & parenting, called The Da Vinci Road (birthrightmedia.com/). In addition, they & some sycophants have uploaded a number of videos to YouTube which appear at this link to a video of Rebekah singing:

. I believe this new literary endeavor of the Anasts' came up not too long ago in this forum.

Re: Michael & Debi Pearl's relationship with/recognition of the Anasts: It looks like Rebekah's bizarro blog -- Dreaming-Awake -- has also been purged from the web. On it she recorded various dreams (many of them apocalyptic in nature) she has had & encouraged other wackadoodles to send in their own dreams. I was hoping to find it or a cache because the Anasts published a disclaimer from Michael Pearl on the blog, which he sent to someone several years ago when they wrote to ask if he agreed with Dreaming-Awake. IIRC, the disclaimer essentially put it all on the Anasts, said Rebekah was under Gabe's authority, and that neither one of them or their website(s) had anything to do with NGJ Enterprises Ministries.

I think it's great if those giant wads of nuttery (7XSunday, UrbanExodus & Dreaming-awake) have disappeared from the web.

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The Anasts have just self-published Rebekah's reflections on learning, home-schooling & parenting, called The Da Vinci Road (birthrightmedia.com/). In addition, they & some sycophants have uploaded a number of videos to YouTube which appear at this link to a video of Rebekah singing:
. I believe this new literary endeavor of the Anasts' came up not too long ago in this forum.

She has a nice voice, but looks scared of the whole thing, and unhappy.

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This might be an odd thing to notice but she has very large eyes. Also, her voice is nice but as Wolfie wrote, she does seem terrified.

I would sugget that people new to the Anasts might want to check out the old forum. We covered a lot about 7x Sunday. If I had known they were shutting down the forum, I would have reposted some of the information from their site. You might think that I am exaggerating but some of the stuff was so crazy and clutish, it made me wonder if the Pearls or Anasts could go the Jim Jones route if threatened.

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This post has some background on Rebekah Anast's post-marriage life: debrasrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/03/rebekah-pearl-anast-part-three-life.html

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Found the prior discussion of The Da Vinci Road: http://www.freejinger.org/viewtopic.php ... io#p230868

Bumping to say, I love that you found the discussion by using "Dadio" as the search term! :lol:

Has anyone read or got a copy of the book? There are 5 positive reviews on Amazon and I think we need John Hugh's talents as a reviewer there.

I will miss lurking on 7X Sunday and cursing Denim and Lace from this side of the computer.

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This post has some background on Rebekah Anast's post-marriage life: debrasrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/03/rebekah-pearl-anast-part-three-life.html

That's my old site. :D I'm shutting it down because I'm no longer a hard core Catholic but I offered Curiosity the articles on Rebekah if she wants them for free jinger

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That's my old site. :D I'm shutting it down because I'm no longer a hard core Catholic but I offered Curiosity the articles on Rebekah if she wants them for free jinger

I think they would be a great addition to the FJ family synopses.

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An example of the crazy here:

Their 9/11 conspiracy beliefs are incredibly wacky, too.

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They seem to be online - just responded to a commenter on the conspiracy video:

MrsYoungie 35 minutes ago

I am sorry for you that your world is such a scary place.

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ruLISng 15 minutes ago

Glad that yours is a happy place... er, um... what kind of comment is this anyway?

Reply · in reply to MrsYoungie

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Wow, wasn't Mrs. Youngie a regular poster or mod on 7xSunday? I just realized that I must have been addicted to that forum, if I can remember the names of some of the posters.

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That's my old site. :D I'm shutting it down because I'm no longer a hard core Catholic but I offered Curiosity the articles on Rebekah if she wants them for free jinger

Debrand, I've always thought your screenname was DeBrand, a Dutch surname! Funny. Now I see I was probably wrong. :)

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Debrand, I've always thought your screenname was DeBrand, a Dutch surname! Funny. Now I see I was probably wrong. :)

LOL It is for Debras Random Thoughts, my old blog. My thinking has changed drastically since I wrote the blog. It is one of the reasons that I might seem too patient with obvious trolls. I keep remembering how much I changed and hope that I can help them.

DeBrand would be an interesting last name. However, most of my ancestors were Irish and when I researched my actual maiden name, I discovered it was Welsh. I've even got a t-shirt that says, "Irish Girls Rock"

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Wow, wasn't Mrs. Youngie a regular poster or mod on 7xSunday? I just realized that I must have been addicted to that forum, if I can remember the names of some of the posters.

Don't know about that but we have a Mrs. Youngie here at FJ - perhaps she'd like to take a bow for her YouTube comment?

:clap: :clap: :clap:

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I ALWAYS read it as DeBrand, as well!

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Don't know about that but we have a Mrs. Youngie here at FJ - perhaps she'd like to take a bow for her YouTube comment?

:clap: :clap: :clap:

:dance: Yeah, that was me. And no, I have never posted on 7xSunday. In fact I used to have a hard time even accessing their site.

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I often watch Shoshanna (Pearl) Easling's youtube channel, as I'm really into herbs etc.

These 2 sisters couldn't be more different!

Poor Rebekah, seems to be right into the crazy, while Shoshanna is very vibrant and happy.

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