Pastor John introduces a new series focused on Romans 8. First, he spends a couple minutes helping you make the most of Look at the Book. Then, he gives you seven reasons why Romans 8 is the greatest chapter in all the Bible.

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Submission and the Mutual Lust for Autonomy

Practical Theology for Women
October 6, 2014

The problem with interpreting Genesis 3:16 to teach that women more than men have a desire to control is not that women don’t often act independently of God, but that, first, that’s not what this verse is saying, and two, men struggle with such lust for autonomy as much if not more than women. But who gets rebuked for rebellion in most modern Christian dialogue? Who gets instructed to obey their authorities? Have you heard an argument for submission lately that doesn’t focus on wives to husbands, kids to parents, or church members to elders? In my little neck of the woods, discussions on submission get aimed at these groups. Period. Today, I want to talk about our mutual lust for autonomy and the widespread need in the Body of Christ for submission that transcends gender. Who, oh husband, parent, pastor, or judge, are YOU submitted to? Who can tell you NO?

Read the rest of this article by Wendy Alsup HERE.

Help! Conversations with a Fool Go Nowhere!

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“I’ve tried having mutual conversations with my spouse, but we never get anywhere. He’s always right. My opinions matter little to him. He tends to dismiss and minimize any of my concerns. Every attempt on my part to engage in a meeting of the minds is met with either hostility or laughter. I often leave conversations feeling guilty. Like I did something wrong to even bring up an issue. I often feel confused and stuck. What do I do?”

Let’s talk about that.

Is the Christian Modesty Message Causing Women to be Ashamed of Their Bodies?

To Love, Honor, and Vacuum
October 1, 2014

The Christian modesty message also says that boys are basically helpless to withstand this onslaught of seeing girls’ curves. All guys, including all older men, will lust if they see you. I’m not sure how that message is supposed to make women like men.

I am so glad Sheila isn’t afraid to start some conversations about these kinds of things. I think we are in desperate need of re-thinking stuff, because some of the rabbit trails we’ve gone down have ended in destruction for a lot of young (and old!) women. Read the rest of this FANTASTIC, thought-provoking article HERE. I think she does a great job of putting things in perspective without going off the deep end one way or the other.

When Your Child’s Personality Annoys You

The Beginning of Wisdom
October 2, 2014

But every bloom cultivated in an orderly garden grows as a wildflower somewhere. Children’s untamed and sometimes frustrating personality traits are no different. Before you work to uproot them, consider whether behind that annoying trait is a strength waiting to be trained up. So often, the quality that manifests as a child’s greatest weakness holds the potential to be his greatest strength.

Read the rest of this article by Jen Wilkin HERE.

He is tied to us. By placing His image in us, God assumes an extra measure of ownership and responsibility for our lives. We are His brand, His trademark. You may remember that the second commandment prohibits making graven images of God. Part of the reason behind this is that God has already given a graven image of Himself—in us.

But more than this, by placing His image on us, God has bound Himself to us as a parent. We are His children. And like any good parent, He must protect and nurture His children. The beauty and genius of this is that our good and His glory are inseparable. While our good is found by displaying His glory, His glory is found by bringing about our good.

Hannah Anderson
Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God's Image (Moody Publishers, 2014)