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Follow after the things that make for peace (Romans 14:19) “Hierarchy is a breeding ground for domestic abuse!” declared the instructor. I almost fell off my chair in shock! How could he be so dogmatic? In an effort to better educate myself, I was attending a state certified program on batterer intervention. Although we do a great deal to work toward abuse prevention and the healing of victims, we have addressed little of our attention or effort toward the ones responsible for the abuse in the first place. I was there to learn what I could. While many consider the transformation of an offender almost hopeless, surely those of us in the body of Christ must know that “with God all things are possible.” There are a few faith-based intervention programs, and the r... Read more
If you spend time with 20 and 30 year olds, you realize one of the most important topics on their minds, understandably, is dating and marriage. Young men and women are eager to discover gender differences, awakening powerfully in them; to understand and interact with the opposite sex in ways that please God and nurture their own maturity. It is a very exciting time in life, and their questions are healthy and God-given. Yet a powerful industry has developed to address gender in ways that are at odds with the biblical account. According to Jackson Katz (author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help), secular culture depicts male action heroes as muscular, forceful and dominant, while females are imaged as frail beauties, dependent on dominant males.... Read more