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Mar
20

The HOW will vary

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I remember well the phone call. “I am Pastor _____ and I have a question for you. One of the women in our church talked with me recently and she insists we have a ministry just for women. And I don’t get it. Can’t women just join in with the rest of us as we…
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Mar
13

Impact on a Decadent Culture

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Titus lived in a decadent culture, Crete. Paul’s description of the people who lived in this society may sound familiar to us. There are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers . . . .  They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach and that…
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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
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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