“Having legal possession over a child doesn’t mean they’re your property. It means they’re your responsibility."
Robin Michelle Rhodes
I am a full-time student at Calvin Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Arts in Bible and Theology and a Master of Arts in Worship. My husband, Quellis, and I hope to do world missions in another country.
I value the work of Safe Church Ministry, seeking to utilize proactive measures for abuse prevention in our churches. I am also very involved in liturgical dance ministry and I volunteer as a helper in a dance class for dancers with special needs.
What stuck in my head were the words, “No one in the family knew...”. I immediately said aloud to the other people in the room who were watching this with me: “That’s a lie, someone did know.”
I once spent 18 months working at an emergency children’s shelter. These children came with many stories and traumas. Yet I saw firsthand the transformative power of love and care...
I understand our penchant to protect and cover favorable people. Even in our churches this happens with well-loved leaders and personable congregants. Does this outweigh protecting the flock?
How has this culture of rape, disrespect, and devaluing others entered into our lives and into our congregations?
I was telling a church member that I would not be able to attend the retreat because I didn't have the $40.00. I then told one of the leaders I couldn't go this year. Without hesitation, she said...
Yet, there was a question burning in my heart, as my eyes searched Bella’s face hoping to glean more insight. It was a question I wanted to ask but never could: “How did you know to fight back?”
"The God I serve is a God of presence, not a God of protection."
We always seem to say that King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. However, I would say that what King David did was sexual assault.
I am not advocating for us to raise unruly, disrespectful children. Yet, there must be a bridge in which we can disciple our children to be Christ-like AND have a voice.
You are right, Reverend Shannon! We do need to create safe spaces for our children to share and to feel safe. We need to be continued advocates for both the boys and the girls.posted on: Someone Did Know
Yes, Monica, please feel free to share this as a devotional. So glad this blessed you! Thank you!posted on: God Said, “Live!”
Thank you, for this thoughtful comment, MJill H! Where you said, "When a person begins to believe in Jesus they are not usually all healed up and just lovely all at once." sums it up, perfectly...posted on: God Said, “Live!”
Thanks, Monica! Glad we can rejoice in that!posted on: Two Words to My Former Self
Nope, David doesn’t get it wrong in Psalm 23. And, he doesn’t get it wrong in other psalms, either, where he also talks of God’s protection. But, in many of those psalms, David’s hoping in God’s...
Beautiful comment, Bonnie! We are thankful for His presence!
“…evil is part of the reality in this world, even in the church.” That is so true, Michele.
And, the suggestion is not that we have to choose, between the two. We see evidence of both in...
Thanks for sharing this blog and this resource, Staci! I also find www.imdb.com helpful, too, under their View Content Advisory link.
Thank you, Bonnie!posted on: Unbalanced Power
This is such a good point, Reverend Shannon! Years ago, I was participating in a group presentation on the Gospel of Matthew and we were looking up artwork for our PowerPoint. We wanted to...posted on: Unbalanced Power