When ‘reporting’ becomes indistinguishable from shouting ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded theater.
Still trying to pump life into the aging bones of the traditional men of the church? That model is dying for good reason – men today want/need/crave a band of brothers with whom they can do life together.
What I’d like to do is to shine the spotlight on us as men. It’s not nearly enough for us to simply read about all these women who have been harassed and molested, and nod our silent support. Nowhere near enough. What’s needed is a grassroots movement of strong men demonstrating – unequivocally – that any harassment (innuendo, creepiness, objectification, suggestive comments, disrespect, explicit language) is unacceptable. This behavior is unacceptable for ourselves, and it’s unacceptable anywhere we have the awareness and the guts to say so.
I’ll go a step farther, and say that the church – your church, my church, The Church – needs its men to be not only grounded in good preaching and teaching, but also grounded in authentic spiritual community.
“Christianity,” I wrote in my third book (The unmaking of a Part-time Christian) “is best experienced as a team sport.” It’s also best experienced in the context of unconditional, open-spirited, mutually encouraging love.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not… Read More ›
NOTE: Sorry for the late post today. I’m also including the rough short video blog. I’m not pleased with the result, but I have promised myself not to let the video take too much time, so no do-overs! (Click here… Read More ›
NOTE: Today’s post first appeared earlier this week at the Upper Room Books web page as an “Author Blog.” I have been asked to write a 3-post series on “The importance of Christian Community. Here’s the link – Upper Room Books… Read More ›