Next week I’ll be privileged to guest post again for Leslie Vernick at www.leslievernick.com, about how you actually do have rights and you shouldn’t surrender or yield them and it’s actually impossible to surrender many of them. That will be a brief outline of the talk about rights that I gave last weekend at the Called to Peace Ministries Conference “Developing a Church-Wide Response to Domestic Abuse.” (That talk, in turn, was based on two chapters in my book Untwisting Scriptures that were used to tie you up, gag you, and tangle your mind.)
But today I want to mention a couple of points, really a couple of Scriptures, that I didn’t have time to fully discuss in my talk. (Both of them are addressed in the book.) Continue reading “It’s unBiblical to surrender your rights”
At some point in my life—not that long ago, I’m afraid—I realized I said these two words a lot.
I can’t memorize like I used to. I can’t keep anything in my head for more than about ten seconds.
I can’t take on one more thing. Really, I would love to, but I just can’t.
I can’t do this by myself, people.
I just can’t break this sin pattern.
At some point—don’t remember what God used to turn on the light—I realized Continue reading “Note to self: Stop saying “I can’t””
This was a question that someone asked me who hadn’t been to church in a while, because for some, the church can sometimes seem hurtful.
As I’m wont with expressions that seem trendy, I said, “That expression seems trendy, and it isn’t in the Bible. So let’s just talk about what it means to love each other.”
Then today I was reading in Philippians. Continue reading “What does it mean to live in community?”
It’s Passion Week, and I’ve been thinking about lions.
In Philippians 2 I was reading about how our Lord Jesus humbled Himself to the death of the cross, so God highly exalted Him. Continue reading “The lion roared”
I’m studying Philippians . . .
I memorized it when I was in college. I’ve taught Bible studies on it. I studied it in-depth nine years ago.
And I pull the bread out of the fridge and sniff it, surreptitiously checking for little white spots.
Why did I start studying Philippians last month? Continue reading “Fresh Bread, Fresh Words”