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The connection between #MeToo and the rejection of ‘salvation by faith alone’ (Sola Fide)

The rejection of Sola Fide is related to #MeToo because a faith-plus-works doctrine of salvation creates an abuser-friendly environment in the church. In the past few weeks there have been two streams of stories that have dominated Christian circles. The first is the debate concerning Sola Fide and the second is the #MeToo campaign in light of the …

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How Fear Perpetuates Itself in a Climate of Fear and Enables Evil. Example: bullying in ARBCA

A thousand shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you shall flee, till you are left like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain, like a signal on a hill. (Isa 30:17) One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who …

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Thursday Thought — Have you ever felt afraid of your partner?

Have you ever felt afraid of your partner?  If so, take those feelings seriously.  Notice whether you tell yourself things like: “I’m overreacting — he would never really hurt me.” “He gets extremely angry, but he won’t hit me.” “Yes, he has harmed me in the past, but he swears he won’t do it again.” …

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Wise as Serpents: Why Do We Keep Silent About Evil? (Part 15 of sermon series)

Once again as we turn to this dark subject of evil, particularly as it works to creep into the church behind a cloak of the name of Christ, we must remember the promises and victory of Christ over this evil. This is the Easter season when we remember our Lord’s triumph over evil at the …

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Wise as Serpents: What Does the Holy Spirit Look Like? (Part 8 of a sermon series by Jeff Crippen)

And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with …

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Leaving an Abusive Relationship Isn’t Easy (Part 2) — Stalking behavior by the abuser

How the abuser behaves when the victim is on the cusp of leaving Let’s consider the abuser’s sudden nice behavior when he has either been told by the victim that she is leaving, or he suspects that she may leave.  I would like to suggest that the abuser’s new acts of kindness have nothing to do …

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