“ I am concerned that we are placing yokes on other people that are not of Jesus Christ. I am concerned that we are slamming the door of the Kingdom in people’s faces and tying up heavy burdens and placing them on their backs. I am concerned we are straining gnats and swallowing camels. I am concerned that we are kicking out the very people Jesus welcomed in—the poor, the marginalized, the misfits, the heartbroken, the “rejects,” the “sinners,” the troublemakers, the merciful, the peacemakers. And I am concerned that the Church is indeed conforming to the world—every time it preaches violence as a way to achieve justice, every time it glorifies celebrity and success, every time it reduces womanhood to subordination and manhood to power, every time it justifies cruelty or unkindness in the name of proving a point. ”
Gaining ground against all forms of abuse — including abuse of power, sexual, spiritual and emotional abuse, domestic violence, as well as sex-trafficking and pornography — will be sporadic until women are routinely part of church leadership.
We can no longer accept church leadership that rebukes abused women for failing to submit to male authority and sends them back into harm’s way to try harder. I am reminded of one Protestant church that did not take this seriously until the wife of a church leader showed up at church with bruises and black eyes.”
“ Following God isn’t glamorous, but it is so beautiful. Your hands will get dirty and your heart will get wrecked, but love makes it worth it. ”
"God simplifies things"
I just let that sink in, and it’s really beautiful because He does (atleast, for me.)
Like when I’m really upset about something and just one thought of Him can just ease me and everything gets really still and just like that it’s all alright.
She is not “my girl.”
She belongs to herself. And I am blessed, for with all her freedom, she still comes back to me, moment-to-moment, day-by-day, and night-by-night.
How much more blessed can I be?”
“ We can’t fathom a Christian on the other side of the world believing that a wooden god can save them, but we have no problem believing that religion, money, possessions, food, game, sex, sports, status, and success can satisfy us. Do we actually think we have fewer idols to let go of in our repentance? ”
If you have time, I highly recommend that you watch “Short Term 12”.
It’s such a perfect film. Never have I seen a movie so real and so emotionally potent. The story of these kids will break your heart, but it will also make you laugh and smile with so much joy and hope.
Be warned, it does touch on some serious issues.
You will cry.
“ And I pray that you no longer seek happiness from the past, but rather you set your sails forward, to a land that is pure and wonderful. I pray that you no longer stare into the shallows of empty promises, but that you dive into the depth of an ocean of guarantees. May you feel the winds of hope, and smell the scent of joy, may your heart be alive again as it was meant to be. For you are with a better captain, you are with a true sailor, a true leader; You are sailing with Christ, and He is always sure to lead us home. ”
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“ The fact is, I need God to help me love God. And if I need His help to love Him, a perfect being, I definitely need His help to love other, fault-filled humans. ”