While this article discusses my local area, it is applicable to all communities. I would like to use this article to brainstorm on how churches can serve their communities.
John Piper, Christian Parenting, Glorious, Hell, Anxiety At John Piper's Desiring God website, they feature Ask John series in which listeners send their questions to John Piper for response. The following question came from a dad named Michael who asked John Piper the following: A question from Michael: “Pastor John, how can I talk to my… Continue reading John Piper Responds to Dad’s Question Regarding His Child’s Extreme Anxiety about Hell
Phil Johnson, Grace Community Church, Sex Abuse, Domestic Violence, Twitter *** Blog reader, Christina, left an important comment on yesterday's post regarding an insensitive and callous tweet Pastor Phil Johnson sent out regarding domestic violence. His tweet created quite an uproar on Twitter. Because Christina's comment is addressed to Phil Johnson, I didn't want it to get lost… Continue reading An Abuse Survivor’s Response to Pastor Phil Johnson’s Insensitive Tweet on Domestic Violence
https://youtu.be/UIt3dx4an9c *** “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” ― David Augsburger The other day, a spiritual abuse survivor and friend I met last year in Moscow, Idaho, posted the following quote by Dr. Diane Langberg on her Facebook wall. Please read it… Continue reading The Gift of Standing in the Trenches with a Survivor
* * * Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4 I'm going to do something a little different here today, but I believe God laid this on my heart, so I… Continue reading Marriage, Children, Anniversaries, . . . and a Pedophile
* Spiritual Sounding Board - This is our place to gather and share in an open format. Feel free to join in the discussion. * *** As many of you know, I've gone back to school and am currently taking classes over the summer. In my sociology class, we are reading Amazing Grace, by Jonathan Kozol.… Continue reading SSB Sunday Gathering – July 27, 2014
* * * And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40 * * * Blog stats tell me only a small percentage of you will click on video… Continue reading Middle School Students Teach Us about Love and Compassion
* * * If you ever wanted to see love, empathy, compassion during a crisis, excellent listening skills, support, encouragement wrapped up in one package without ever having to take a class or read a book, I think I found it right here in this short video. This video encapsulates what… Continue reading How to Respond to a Someone in a Crisis: A Dad who Understands the Gift of Listening