Thursday, October 28, 2021
A recent road trip across Baden-Württemberg, a state in Southwest Germany, took me to old monasteries and churches. Reminders of the history are everywhere, including in the religious fabric of Southwest Germany. Unlike other parts of the country, where Lutheranism came to dominate after the Reformation, adherents of the old religion still make up a plurality in Baden-Württemberg.
How should Christians respond to the thorny problem of spousal abuse in Christian marriages? Cindy Burrell, founder of Hurtbylove.com and author of "Reformulating the Christian Marriage Counseling Model Where Abuse Is Involved," unpacks the dynamics of abuse in relationships and how the Church can help extend the hope of the Gospel to victims and not enable further harm.
When considering what Jesus said and thinks, our attitude makes all the difference. Any time we find ourselves saying, “Jesus didn’t say you can’t …” is a good time to take inventory of our motives and make sure that we are really wanting what God wants and not merely trying to justify doing what we want.