It’s Time to Say Goodbye to MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers)

It’s Time to Say Goodbye to MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers)


On this week’s episode Coleen and Angela will be discussing MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) with Stephanie Schumacher. Stephanie has written a wonderful article about MOPS. Check out Stephanie’s article Why Your Church (and You, Believer) Should Stop Associating with MOPS International Check out our more extensive resource sheet for this episode here.

A Note From Coleen:

Theology Gals exists to encourage women in the study of God’s Word, sound theology and discernment. When we became aware of the problems with MOPS International, we knew this was an important topic that needed to be addressed. I have spent a lot of my time the last month researching MOPS, including reading Mandy Arioto’s (President and CEO of MOPS) books and speaking with ladies that are currently and were previously involved in MOPS, some in leadership positions.

We are aware that women have various experiences with MOPS as each program can be run differently. We are also aware that some of these programs are diligent in sharing the gospel clearly each week, which we are grateful for. We have been informed of a possible gospel presentation in the MOPS Christmas and/or Easter videos. Our concerns are still the same. The true gospel is not clear in Mandy’s books and it is not central to the MOPS program.

While we state our case strongly, we are not saying anything new. I think most, if not all of  our concerns, have been communicated by others to both Mandy Arioto and the MOPS board. You can find the same concerns in “1 star” reviews regarding Mandy’s books on both Amazon and ChristianBook. Sarah Wilkins brought up many of the same concerns in 2016 in her Open Letter to MOPS. As I mention at the end of the episode “when the faith is on the line, the tone is necessarily strong” quoting this article.

I have spoken with women that have brought their concerns to MOPS and some that even spoke with Mandy directly. I’m aware of some of the responses and accusations that may come our way. We are speaking out because we love God and our neighbor, because we love The Church, .

I know that one of MOPS responses to concerns has to do with the number of women that “get saved” at MOPS each year. I have heard stories of some of the testimonies of these women and I’m convinced that some counted in those numbers have no idea what the gospel is. This means they still need the gospel. I have no doubt that some women have come to saving faith in Christ through MOPS programs, I’ve spoken with a few myself. However, we believe that it is necessary for doctrinally sound, gospel preaching churches, to separate from MOPS. We discuss the reasons in detail in the episode.

~Coleen Sharp

Theology Gals host

All correspondence should be sent to theologygals@gmail.com

Episode Resources:

Extended Resource sheet for this episode

Discernment: Growing Up In Christ Theology Gals Episode

What is the Gospel? Michael Horton (video)

Open Letter of Concern Over MOPS International Sarah Wilkins

MOPS and Its Move Away from Biblical Christianity Sarah Wilkins

Mysticism: We Don’t Need You Theology Gals Episode

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Theology Gals Episode

Christless Christianity Michael Horton (video)

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton (book)

Tone Deaf Ref by Carl Trueman

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You Who? Why Rachel Jankovic is Wrong on Identity with Kerry Baldwin


Theology Gals | Episode 113

On this episode Kerry Baldwin joins the gals to discuss Rachel Jankovic’s new book, You Who? They discuss themes from the book regarding philosophy, identity, theology, and the implications.

Episode Resources:

You Who? Why Rachel Jankovic is Wrong on Identity by Kerry Baldwin

Resources from Theology Gals episode on Rachel Jankovic’s errors concerning identity and obedience

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Lordship Controversy | Episode 112

Lordship Controversy | Episode 112


Coleen and Angela tackle the Lordship controversy on this week’s episode. The controversy was a debate between dispensationalists and yet some in the Reformed will claim to hold to Lordship Salvation. The gals explain how both sides are inconsistent with confessional Reformed theology.

Episode Resources:

The Lordship Controversy – Michael Horton

Lordship Salvation – Reformed Brotherhood (you can also hear this episode here)

Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation edited by Michael Horton 

Can I Have Assurance by R. Scott Clark

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Celebrity Pastors with Darby Stouffer (R. C. Sproul’s Granddaughter)

Celebrity Pastors with Darby Stouffer (R. C. Sproul’s Granddaughter)


Theology Gals | Episode 111

Coleen and Angela talk with Darby Stouffer, granddaughter of R. C. Sproul. They discuss the good and the bad about celebrity pastors and how we can have a balanced approach. Darby  tells some stories about her grandfather, R.C. Sproul. She also talks about her business, Darby’s dresses, and offers some tips for other moms that work from home.

Darby’s Dresses 15% off discount code: THEOLOGY15

Episode Resources:

Darby’s Dresses (Facebook Group)

Darby’s Dresses Boutique (Facebook Group)

Darby’s Dresses (website)

 

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Wisdom with Money | Episode 110

Wisdom with Money | Episode 110


This week Coleen and Angela address being wise with our money. Below you’ll find an outline of the topics discussed.

  1. Budgeting
  • Budgeting software options
  • Work on your budget together as a couple
  • Budget for everything
  1. Getting out of debt
    • Pay off highest interest debts first
    • Pay more than the minimum
    • If you aren’t carrying a balance on your credit card DON’T START!
  1. Saving
  • Emergency Funds
  • Saving for bigger purchases
    • Christmas
    • Vacations
    • Home improvements
    • Cars
  • Saving for retirement (which will tie in with investing)
  1. Investing
    • Types of investments
      1. Debt (bonds)
      2. Real Estate
      3. Equity (stocks)
      4. Derivative investments (options, hedges, other very complex instruments)
    • Why Invest
      1. Inflation
      2. Lifetime avg return on the market
    • Basics
      1. Start early
      2. Max it out, get every match dollar
      3. Diversify (talk about risk)
        1. Individual stocks >40
        2. Mutual funds
        3. Diversify across asset type as well
      4. Shift strategy with age
  1. Not so great financial decisions
  • MLMs
  • Credit cards
  • Buying too much house
  • Viewing a car as an investment
  • Not saving for retirement
  • Whole life insurance
  1. Giving
  1. Teaching children to be wise.
  • Young children
  • Teenagers

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Overcorrection: Purity Culture, Leggings, Feminism, Patriarchy

Overcorrection: Purity Culture, Leggings, Feminism, Patriarchy


On this week’s episode, Coleen, Angela and Ashley discuss the tendency to overcorrect in response to certain errors. In response to purity culture, some say, “I’ll wear whatever I want.” Is that the Biblical response? They also discuss overcorrection to feminism and patriarchy.
Episode Resources:
Modesty | Theology Gals Episode
Purity Culture with Rebecca Lemke | Theology Gals Episode
Eternal Subordination of the Son with Rachel Miller | Theology Gals Episode
Patriarchy with Rachel Miller | Theology Gals Episode
Patriarchy Part 2 | Theology Gals Episode
Feminism | Theology Gals Episode
Of course leggings are sexually arousing. Duh by Suzzane Venker

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