A Church’s Response to Abuse Part II: The Safety Plan

In response to our post from my friend who was abused, Sara Marie Forrest de Jaimes, a Christian midwife who has extensive experience in helping domestic violence victims, has written this two part series about how churches can respond to abuse. In Part I of this series, Sara offers ideas for how to approach aContinue reading “A Church’s Response to Abuse Part II: The Safety Plan”

A Church’s Response to Abuse Part I: The Approach

In response to our post from my friend who was abused, Sara Marie Forrest de Jaimes, a Christian midwife who has extensive experience in helping domestic violence victims, has written this two part series about how churches can respond to abuse. As Christians, we have a responsibility to share God’s love with other Christians fromContinue reading “A Church’s Response to Abuse Part I: The Approach”

Trapped

Abuse comes in many forms. Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Unfortunately it is also pretty common among Christians, even ones who go to solid, Spirit filled churches. This post is pretty disturbing to me. It was written by a woman who wishes to remain anonymous. But I know her very well. I know that this isContinue reading “Trapped”

Why Am I Here?

This is a guest post written by Jean Kamps. “Why am I here? What is the purpose of me?” These are normal questions we expect a lot of teens to ask, and I certainly did. But I didn’t begin by asking them from a broad existential point of view. I started by questioning my gender. No,Continue reading “Why Am I Here?”

RWC Part V: Conclusion

(This post will make more sense if you’ve read the first, second, third and fourth parts of this series.) Sooo… Is the role of women a secondary issue in the church? Well. I have a very narrow definition of core issues. To me, it’s literally only the Gospel. And the Trinity. Everything else to meContinue reading “RWC Part V: Conclusion”

RWC Part IV: Bible translations

(This post will make more sense if you’ve read the first, second and third parts of this series.) The Bible is of vital importance to me, as to most Jesus lovers, I think. I have been trained as a Bible translator and we are heading towards working with a Bible translation organization in Mexico, whereContinue reading “RWC Part IV: Bible translations”

RWC Part III: Marriage Support

(This post will make more sense if you have read the first and second parts of this series.) I would like to repeat my statement that I have loved the churches I’ve attended, and I have deeply respected all my pastors. They have, without exception, been seekers of the face of God, and they have,Continue reading “RWC Part III: Marriage Support”

RWC Part II: Backup Singer

(This post will make more sense if you’ve read the first post in this series.) Let’s start by talking about women’s ability to minister in our churches. We’re not going to talk about anything controversial, like a woman ministering as a pastor or an elder. We’re going to talk about music ministry. I have beenContinue reading “RWC Part II: Backup Singer”

Role of Women in the Church Part I: The Question

Is the role of women in the church a secondary issue? I read an article recently that rejected the idea that the role of women is a secondary issue for the church. I was disappointed in the article itself (due to my expectations, not any flaw of the article itself) as it basically just saysContinue reading “Role of Women in the Church Part I: The Question”