If you’re a parent, there are two different kinds of internet protection you need to consider for your kids. When you bring the internet into your home, how do you make sure all of the computers in your house are protected from inappropriate websites? If they have a phone or tablet, how do you protect […]
They're everywhere. The wrong kind of churches.
They don't dress like we do. They're too worldly, too judgmental, too focused on traditions of men, or too - something.
I've been sitting for over an hour trying to explain how to respond to the six reasons for institutional standards. I finally have a perfect answer for each one of them.
I should have known better. Writing about standards isn’t easy. Reading about them isn’t fun. But when I see and hear of people who say they were hurt by others upholding standards, it’s something I have to explore. From many of the accounts that I hear, what seems to be a common thread is a failure to […]
So, what is holy? What is profane? We often hear that what’s holy is set apart, usually for a specific purpose. And we know that the word profane doesn’t necessarily mean things are evil or wicked; they’re just common or ordinary. In the Old Testament system of temple sacrifices, there was common bread, and there was holy bread (1 Samuel […]
Eisenhower was right. He once quoted an old Army adage that says “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” This week was a “plans are worthless” week. I planned to start out this article exploring those two different types of abuse we looked at a couple of weeks ago. The first type was a failure to separate the […]
What is spiritual abuse?
I said, "It's an unhelpful extra-biblical phrase."
Like liberal and legalist, the term spiritual abuse just didn't sit well with me. When a problem gets a label that isn't in the Scripture, it's hard to know whether we're solving - or even identifying - that problem Biblically. I had a pretty good discussion with some of you on Facebook on this topic.
So we rephrased the question. Is it possible to abuse a position of spiritual authority? If it is possible, then what constitutes abuse? And what happens when I do? Is it an offense against God only, or does that abuse also make me responsible for the hurt that others experience?
Tony Edge didn’t expect to die. On a Tuesday afternoon, he was studying on top of Stone Mountain, a popular tourist attraction outside Atlanta, Georgia. His wife Melissa received his text; he wished she could be there with him. But when Tony didn’t show up for a class meeting later that evening, she grew concerned and called the police. ...
Ed has the gift of exhortation. He can draw hard lines by applying Scriptural principles to his own experience. When others with different experience find their lines in different places, Ed quickly concludes that those others are either liberal or legalistic, depending on where their lines land. Mark has the gift of mercy. He can find […]