Before the Rachael Denhollander news stories, before the Turpin family tragedy broke, I received a letter from a young woman, Lyndall Cave, sending me a Desiring God article called “Do You Love Yourself Enough?” (link).
[One book I’m reading] talks a lot about loving yourself. Every time I read that phrase, I flinch, because my theology in the past has been based on the idea that I’m sinful and thus there’s nothing about myself to love. This article from Desiring God [“Do You Love Yourself Enough?”] sums up the viewpoint perfectly.
Continue reading “Should you love yourself? A response to Desiring God”
But what about God’s grace? What about the work of Jesus on the cross, that purifies us, and our new natures now that we’re in Christ? I’m conflicted at the moment. Where does self-love fit with the Gospel? Am I sinful? Am I a worthless worm? Is there really nothing good in me? What about “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”?
In a recent interview (which you can watch here), Rachael Denhollander, who spoke in court against the sexual-abuser-disguised-as-a-doctor Larry Nassar, talked about the horrific ignoring, enabling, and victim-blaming that has been perpetrated in USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University (which she detailed in her victim-impact statement). Here are her words in that interview: Continue reading “Rachael Denhollander, SGM, and Bob Jones University”
Rachael Denhollander, the first of the infamous Larry Nassar’s victims to speak publicly, is a Christian. A real Christian. That’s very obvious from her powerful victim impact statement that was posted yesterday. The full transcript of that statement can be read here, but this is the part I want to emphasize: Continue reading “Rachael Denhollander lost her church over her advocacy for abuse survivors”
Last week I wrote a blog post at top speed, for me, the fastest I’d ever gotten a post up. It was David and Louise Turpin: the picture-perfect homeschooling family.
If I’d had a warning ahead of time that this post would receive over twenty times as many views as my previous most popular post ever (which was my Michael Pearl post, in case you’re interested), I probably would have Continue reading “Turpin tragedy: Is homeschooling the problem?”
When I post something about criminal abusers and their criminal enablers in our Christian institutions, I’m often reminded by many voices that our society works on a principle of “innocent until proven guilty.” The argument goes that until a person has been found guilty in court, the rest of us should believe he’s innocent. Continue reading “Ryan Fullerton of Immanuel Baptist Church addresses that “innocent until proven guilty” question”
These are prayers to the God who is made known to us through Jesus Christ.
When you’re beginning to connect with God for the first time in a long time, just say it straight. He already knows anyway, so lay it out there, describing your situation Continue reading “Prayers for those who haven’t prayed in a long time”
a guest post by Tim Davis
Moses Guiltersleeve was dead. There was no doubt about that.
How then did his deep, condemning voice still speak from the stone-carved doorknocker?
“Ebenezer Skewed, Ebenezer Skewed! In death I am your partner!”
Eben bowed his head in shame. Of course Moses was right, Eben was as good as dead—that he knew full well. He had certainly been reminded often enough. Continue reading “A Christian Carol (or, Living in the Spirit Present)”
Yesterday when I fell down the black hole of Twitter, I ended up gasping for air with a Desiring God blog post. Husbands, Get Her Ready for Jesus (link) astonished me with its unbiblical focus on husband-as-sanctifier. Continue reading “Husbands, you don’t need to get her ready for Jesus—a response to Desiring God”
It’s the season of Advent, and I’m enjoying wonderful songs about the birth of our Savior; this season it’s ones like Lauren Daigle’s “The Light of the World” and Francesca Battistelli’s “You’re Here.” These songs increase my deep joy and gratitude for our Lord Jesus Christ’s willingness to descend to earth and accomplish our great salvation for us, freeing us from sin and death and calling us to Himself. I sometimes stand stunned with gratitude at the outpouring of His grace.
But this gratitude is not my motivator to serve Him. Continue reading “A better motivator for Christian service than gratitude”
Or running away into the mountains . . . or going over a wall in a basket . . . or hiding on a roof . . . Continue reading “You want to “suffer well”? — a poster”