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"I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to my enemy but have set me in a safe place" (Psalm 31:7-8, NLT). When I answered the telephone, I found myself listening to a weeping woman. Between sobs she explained that every three weeks or so her abusive husband strangles her into unconsciousness. Though a professing Christian, he suffocates her with pillows, locks her in closets, and leaves her in terror for her life. She has turned for help to several pastors who call the couple into their office for joint counseling. I explained that couples’ counseling is inadvisable in situations of abuse, and she acknowledged that things were always worse at home after a... Read more
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