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Christianity and Women Part 2

I recently wrote about some of the characters in the Bible that illustrate how highly Christianity views women , and in this post I want to look at some of the instructions that are given in regards to women today. As a wife a woman has a unique call and office to hold. How does God’s Word instruct the husband to deal with his wife? For starters, he is told to view her for what she is: a priceless treasure. “An excellent wife, who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” Proverbs 31:10 That same chapter tells the husband that he is to recognize and appreciate his wife’s character, not just her beauty: “Her husband also…praises her: ‘ Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:28-30 The New Testament gives further instruction for how the husband is to treat his bride. The Apostle Paul, who himself never married, wa

Epistle Christians

Epistle Christians      I believe that an alarming number of Christians today fit into a category that I call “Epistle Christians.” If you were to ask these people how much they know about the Bible, they would probably affirm that they are quite familiar with it. But if you were to push a little further, you might find that their knowledge of the Bible is confined to little more than just the epistles.      The epistles are the New Testament books of the Bible that were specifically written to churches. These books include the writings of Paul, Jude, Peter, and John (not including John’s Gospel) [1] . These epistles are certainly books that Christians should study, for on their pages are many instructions that directly apply to us today. But my fear is that many are settling for this as the extent of their Bible study.      Obviously I am not implying that Epistle Christians don’t know anything outside of the epistles. They probably know portio

Surviving Middle School, Killing Sunday School

      In 2009 UnKommon Media and Interlinc published a book by Pastor Rick Bundschuh (Kauai Christian Fellowship, Kauai, Hawaii) called Surviving Middle School (A Hilarious Guide That Will Help You Avoid Being A Dork). I received the book from Interlinc because, at the time, I was a member of their organization that sends CDs, books, and other media-related resources to people in student ministry.      I read the book in 2009, and I was so appalled by what I read that I cancelled my membership. The book got shuffled around and eventually lost in my junk drawer, and I just recently re-discovered it. When I did, I was reminded about the book’s content, and wanted to share a quick reason why I think books like this are killing some ministries.      While the book doesn’t say this, I assume that the purpose is for me to use it in student ministry. The author says that he is writing to middle schoolers (or junior high students), but the book is being sent to those

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

Last Wednesday I appeared on Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly to talk about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. Here is more information on this important day, as well as the interview: On September 26, 2006, the House of Representatives voted on House Concurrent Resolution #222. This vote gave Congressional support to what is now known as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day every October 15 th . For years people who suffered through pregnancy and child loss mourned in silence. Many people believed that this was only a private matter never to be discussed in public. Women who miscarried were expected to quickly get on with their lives, no different than getting over a cold. But in recent years this has changed, thanks in part to October 15 th . This effort has helped raise awareness of how common and painful child loss really is. All the science shows us that the life that is forming inside the mother is unique, a living person who is genetical