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Feb
27

Carol, I, as a Member of Christ’s Body, Apologize to You

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Carol, I, as a member of Christ’s body, apologize to you and the many women like you  who have experienced incredible pain, marginalization and loss from the church because we have not reached out to you in your pain with understanding and compassion. I am so sorry! May you find it in your heart to…
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Feb
22

Dealing With Habits

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One of my habits is to regularly write a post for this blog site. I am, after all, a mass of habits. I would like to think that my daily choices are the products of well-considered decision making, but as Charles Duhigg notes in his book, The Power of Habit, they are not. They are…
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Feb
20

Carol, I do see hope in the church!

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Yes, yes, yes, Carol. I DO see hope in the church! I too dream of the church becoming a place where people understand pain like yours and express care to people in your situation. Certainly a new focus—a new understanding of ministry is needed. What could that look like? In two previous blogs, (please see…
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Feb
13

I Rarely Go to Church Anymore…

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Carol’s own personal pain (see previous blog, Do You See Any Hope in the Church?) generated a penetrating question that required more than a trite response: Bev, do you ever see the church becoming a place where people understand pain like this and express care to people in my situation? Frankly, I rarely go to…
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Feb
06

Do You See Any Hope in the Church?

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I sat across the lunch table with a former key staff member of a well-known Christian ministry. We briefly exchanged stories and then Carol (not her real name) said, Bev, tell me the truth.  Do you see any hope in the church? Hope? I asked. Carol continued. After my husband, a committed church leader, walked…
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