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Ten things every person should be able to affirm in the face of the Duggar family tragedy

Ten things every person should be able to affirm in the face of the Duggar family tragedy

  I wanted to ignore this story. I really did. But it seems I'm the only one. For some reason, this story is resonating with people. Particularly Christians. Particularly conservative Christians. And the resulting public discourse has left me grieved, disturbed, and embarrassed. I don't know much about the details of the Josh Duggar case. I've picked up bits and pieces from here and there, much of it contradictory, and all of it third-hand, fourth-hand, fifth-hand, etc. So my goal is not to give some penetrating analysis of this particular case. I can't. Few, if any, can at this stage. The data is too limited. What I do want to do is establish some basic points that we should all be able to affirm, whether Christian or not, conservative or not, pro-Duggar or not. Here they are. 1) The ...

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The Church’s Response to Abuse

The Church’s Response to Abuse

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”       - Deitrich Bonhoeffer  She comes to her pastor trembling, testing his reaction to her tip-of-the-iceberg disclosure of the cruelty that persists behind the closed doors of her home. Not sure she will even be believed, she has forced herself into this vulnerable position because she is desperate. Inwardly, she fears that even telling anyone about her husband's abuse must be a sin. What will her pastor say? How should he respond? The church is the first place to which a woman should be able to run for protection!  “A support group such as her church family can help her fulfil her role to “do good” to her abusive husband by coming alongside her with encouragement ...

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God’s Heart for Community

God’s Heart for Community

From the very beginning of time, God purposefully designed and destined us for interrelationships.     In Genesis 1:26, we have the first glimpse of God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) determining to create mankind when he said ‘Let us make man in our own own image’  And God did not just create man to display his power, he created Adam to have a direct relationship with him.   As primary as our individual relationship with God is, God also created us for other relationships.   Still in creation, God said that it is not good for man to be alone.   In Genesis 2:18, God said that It is not good for man to be alone.   I will make a helper suitable to him.   For man he created a female helpmeet.   He then instructed Adam and Eve to reproduce and form new family units.   God defined and ...

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The Jesus who was and is

The Jesus who was and is

Resurrection! Life! He is risen! These are the joyous exclamations of the season. The realities we celebrate during the holy week are truly glorious. Stunning. Even staggering. So staggering, in fact, that we can easily sail straight past such stupendous outcrops without taking the mental energy to notice their sheer magnitude and grandeur. If you'll allow me, I'd like to point out a few of these landmarks we know so well we sometimes forget to see. First, Jesus was. Let that reality sink in for a moment. It hasn't even been two thousand years since Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem and slept and ate and breathed in our world. This isn't even debatable. No ancient history specialist could reasonably refute it. I know of none who even tries. If you want to know why, I outlined some of t ...

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Books about Marital Abuse

Books about Marital Abuse

These are some of the books by Christian authors that are available for use in self-education about marital abuse - both domestic violence and emotional/mental/verbal abuse. I have read only a small percentage of this list, therefore I naturally do not endorse every word, but I do believe the authors to be experienced in helping both the abused and the abuser. There is something to be learned from every person with whom we cross paths.  Feel free to add more books that you have found in the comment section below. Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse  by Steven R.Tracy The Emotionally Destructive Marriage   by Leslie Vernick Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft (founder of Emerge, the first abuse programme for men) Emotional Assau ...

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