What this belief system actually does, though, is stunt the growth of believers who have no ability to withstand any adversity, because they think any kind of lack is a tragedy of biblical proportions.
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"That's sickening. We're not doing the job I thought we were doing."
Would instituting some long overdue reforms curb the hemorrhaging as well as help regain trust and respect before a skeptical, watching world?
This goes way beyond the Catholic church.
"We found an awesome spot [for the brewery]. Consequently, [it] happened to be right below Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz, which we adore and support their efforts for giving health care to women."
Hardly a day goes by when we're not reading of another case of what I call AIDS—Acquired Integrity Deficiency Syndrome.
My intention with this response to "Reckless Love" is not to establish or discredit either view, but rather to turn us to the unifying truths of Scripture.
"He looked at papers; he said, 'Son, you were dead. You're a miracle. I don't use that word lightly, but you're a miracle. You were dead.'"
A hit man entered the pastor's home, made him kneel and said, "You don't know who you are messing about with." The man then pulled the trigger on his gun, but it failed to fire, so he knocked the pastor unconscious and stole his wallet before fleeing.
It's not just a Catholic issue.
"The Lord had his hand on me."
What Willow Creek, and all Christian communities, need in our #MeToo/#ChurchToo moment is a sober reckoning with power—what power is, how it works in institutions and how to mitigate its subtle lure in churches led by magnetic men.
There are some clear differences between Old and New Testament prophets.
The Bible actually has quite a bit to say about false teachers. Here's what to look for.
On the anniversary of the Charlottesville rally, the church must address the racism that still hides within its walls.
"Still, I know these women and they are Godly and credible. I believe them and weep for them."
"In recent days and weeks, it has become clear to me that this church needs a fresh start. The staff, this staff that I dearly love, they also need a clean running lane to heal, to build, to dream."
But pornography doesn't have any connection to actual abuse, does it? Actually, it does.
Are you one of them?
"Our bishops don't agree with each other. I hear fear. I hear denial. We've come to this place where we reflect what's going on in our national politics now. It's a sad day."