Not long ago I received a request from a reader to help her understand the first verse of Romans 2 as it might apply to praying for God’s judgment against one’s wicked abuser.
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
She told me that because of this Scripture in particular, someone she knew had refrained from naming her abuser’s actions as wicked, and had thus continued for a long time to be in a dangerous relationship.
So here is a modified version of my reply. Continue reading “Pronoun Trouble in Romans 2 that can keep the oppressed in a place of bondage”
“Everything came to a head in my mid-twenties,” she was saying. “So that’s when I finally got out.” She balanced her child on her knee as she spoke. “I want to help others get out.”
I was having tea with a daughter of patriarchy. Continue reading ““Biblical” patriarchy: Here’s how you replaced God”
On my personal Facebook page I have the “On This Day” app so I can see everything posted on each day through the years. So during the month of February I’ve been following what happened in February of 2014, which in my little world was significant. Early that month, Bob Jones University had fired the team that was investigating their handling of sexual abuse allegations, Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment (GRACE), headed by Boz Tchividjian. Because I spoke out about the firing in various places on social media, including my own personal Facebook page, I gained quite a following Continue reading “On calling people out via social media—a response to Jarrid Wilson”
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””
One of the most memorable Peanuts comic strips to me in my childhood ran roughly like this:
Linus was complaining about how Lucy always harassed him.
Charlie Brown: Next time, get her to define her terms.
Lucy (later, to Linus): You’re fat! Continue reading “Sin? Holiness? Legalism? Hypocrisy? Defining terms”
“How can I pray for you?” I asked my friend.
She mentioned a few things. Then she hesitated. “I have so much trouble with sin,” she said. “I keep sinning. I feel suspicious of people, that they don’t like me. I’m so jealous—-I see other people doing well, and I feel full of jealousy. Just sin, all the time.”
I could have laughed and said, “Welcome to the club of humanity.” But I didn’t. Continue reading “Free from sin”
No, all sins are not equal.
Corollary: Some sins are worse than others. Our entire justice system is built on this concept.
But Christians have been conditioned to think that it’s false. Continue reading “Are all sins really equal?”
A beautiful lady at our church just celebrated five years of being drug free. In writing her heart to God, she composed the following, which I want to reprint as a tribute to the great work God is doing in lives around the world: Continue reading “Celebrating Redemption”