Divorcing Josh Duggar’s Monster God

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In the recent Ashley Madison hack, Josh Duggar was outed as having a paid account for seeking adulterous affairs.After the leak, he admitted to cheating on his wife, and to porn addiction.This, of course, came on the heels of the recent horrific revelations that he molested his sisters as a teen.And, perhaps not surprisingly, reports are now surfacing that Anna Duggar, Josh's wife, will not consider divorcing him as an option. In fact, she may even be accepting some of the blame for h … [Read more...]

3 Characteristics of Authentic Forgiveness (Sans Denial)

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When navigating the topic of abuse and harm in the church, it's easy to trip up on the Christian principles of grace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Really, it can seem difficult to hold onto the importance of safety, justice, and healing for victims of abuse and harm while also holding tightly to the gospel, because the gospel seems to level the playing field (we're all sinners) and offer a universal promise (grace and forgiveness for even the chief of sinners). How then can we make a dis … [Read more...]

The Gospel Coalition Connection to SGM Victim Advocacy

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[<a href="//storify.com/zhoag/standing-behind-istandwithsgmvictims" target="_blank">View the story "The @TGC Connection to #IStandWithSGMVictims" on Storify</a>] … [Read more...]

Brad Sargent: My “Slate of Eight” Restitution Suggestions for SGM & CLC

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This is a guest post from an expert in the area of responding to abuse/unhealth within organizations/institutions, Brad Sargent. As the #IStandWithSGMVictims tag trended on Twitter yesterday in the wake of the Nate Morales conviction, Brad offered needed, concrete insights. He expands on those insights in this post.In the Morales trial, witness Grant Layman (former pastor of CLC) was questioned under oath and stated the following, according to the on-the-scene account of Brent … [Read more...]

Five Problems With Grace

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I know, I know. If there is anything sacred in the American church today, especially among younger, post-evangelical, and charismatic Christians, it would be the concept of grace.While the neo-Calvinists certainly talk about grace - doctrines of grace, irresistible grace, saving grace, common grace, etc. - they are often not so gracious, you know, to people who don't agree with them about homosexuality and hell (the latter being the place where those who don't fit their idea of grace end … [Read more...]

Riffing & Reviewing: Girl at the End of the World

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Christians get agitated when you use the word "cult." I found this out recently when I suggested that megachurches can produce a cultish environment, especially if they have a revered celebrity personality for a leader (hence, "cult of personality"). High-control, high-demand, high-secrecy patterns can emerge, leading to all manner of hurt and abuse. Of course, this does not only (or stereotypically) occur within megachurches, but the very suggestion of such produced strong pushback in the co … [Read more...]

Incarnational Boundaries

As the season of Advent rolls on, we inch closer and closer to the moment of release, when our waiting gives way to the celebration of Incarnation.Simply put, Incarnation means embodiment. It's the idea that in the Messiah divinity became forever intertwined with humanity, and the original purpose of the pinnacle of creation - humankind - was reified and super-fulfilled. That is, because of Jesus, our entire embodied reality was affirmed as holy and spiritual, even as we are invited to be … [Read more...]

Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

There's no such thing as a perfect leader.Every leader makes mistakes, every leader has done hurtful things, and every leader is on a trajectory of development. If we believe in leadership at all in the church - and I, for one, do - then we've got to be real about the fact that no one is going to do it exactly right. No, not even one.And if your perspective on leadership is based on the expectation of perfection, then you will likely be driven to cynicism and despair. Because you are … [Read more...]

#GagReflex

Oops, they did it again.The Gospel Coalition, that is. This time, it's a post from Thabiti Anyabwile going above and beyond in confirming my perspective on the politicization of the neo-reformed around gay marriage legislation, creating something of a new religious right. And doing that, really, in the most base, tactless, and harmful way possible. I was going to type "carless," which would also be true considering the potential negative impact this post could have on gay young people in … [Read more...]

Do No Harm: Paul in Context, pt. 2

In the first part of this theological response to neo-Reformed ways of understanding total depravity and original sin - and the potential harm in teaching these things to children - I looked at the importance of understanding Paul in context in Romans 5. Specifically, this hallmark passage for original sin theology contains a word, all, that must mean the same thing on both sides of the equation. If Adam's trespass resulted in condemnation and death for all humanity, then the obedience of Jesus … [Read more...]


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