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Monthly Archives: August, 2017

The woman at the well—was she unprincipled, wanton, lustful and promiscuous?

This imaginary monologue presents an alternative view of the life of the woman at the well before she met Jesus: The Woman at the Well: A Monologue.  It pictures the Samaritan woman’s encounter with the Jesus at the well with more compassion and empathy than you will hear in in most sermons and teachings on John …

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If You Refuse to See the Ugliness of Evil, You will be the Ally of Evil

Most people refuse to see evil, because evil is unpleasant. It is ugly. And dealing with it is not pretty either. But if we refuse to see evil, to confront it, to take action against it, we will not only become its ally, we will never see the glory of God’s righteous justice. Christ said …

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Another abuser-enabling, victim-enslaving book: Jim Newheiser’s  “Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage”

Pastor Jim Newheiser has simply rehashed the same old enslaving party lines about marriage that evangelicals have been regurgitating like a cow chewing its cud. If I had a way of putting a visual here of me shaking my head while muttering to myself, I would. Because that is what I am doing as I …

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Wisdom in Dealing With an Abuser — Realize Everything he Says or Does is Evil

Frequently abuse victims will send me correspondence from their abuser and ask what I think of what the abuser said. My answer is always the same because the words are always the same. “This is evil. Every word, every phrase, every nuance is loaded with accusation, minimization, deception, threat, self-pity, and more.” And this is …

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Mr. Charming and Miss Target

Mr. Charming and Miss Target are sitting together on the grass looking out at the starlit sky. Miss Target is a new Christian and Mr. Charming is an old hand at religion, so they’re not making out; instead they’re getting to know each other in a deep and intimate way through conversation. They’re holding hands, …

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Church Controversy with Domestic Abuse: an annotated bibliography

Australian Christian circles have been abuzz with the topic of domestic abuse in the church since the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) published about it in mid July 2017. The controversy in a nutshell: Church leaders profess to abhor abuse of any kind. But advocates and victims say the church is not only failing to sufficiently …

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