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Who’s Afraid of Her Own Authority? from hermeneutics at Christianity Today
“Even outside of ordination or ministry, I sometimes find it difficult to demonstrate my authority. A few months ago in an online discussion, an author cited something factually incorrect, but I had anxiety about whether to publicly point out the error. As my husband listened to me wrestle out loud for 10 minutes—would correcting the error sound too pushy?—he shook his head and said, ‘No man I know would ever worry about correcting a fact for this long.’”
The Release of Brock Turner and “Boys Will Be Boys” from CBE International
“A perpetrator and a victim do not have equal needs and they do not deserve equal consideration. We should not “play devil’s advocate,” attempt to avoid taking sides when a crime is committed, or call for forgiveness from traumatized victims when we think enough time has passed. We as the church do not get to make that call.
What is more, we should explicitly avoid the typical pattern of leniency in response to male violence that says, ‘boys will be boys.’ At the 2016 T4G conference, Al Mohler welcomed CJ Mahaney, accused of covering up sexual abuse at Sovereign Grace Ministries, to the stage as a speaker. Mohler then went on to make a casual joke about the controversy that might follow googling Mahaney.
The attitude of these men tells us that the “boys will be boys” club is alive and well. Mohler alluded to the scandal with an almost playful tone, as if the accusations against Mahaney were silly and baseless. In doing so, he undermined the victims and reinforced a system that eschews accountability from privileged males.”
Is It Okay Deliberately Not To Have Children? from Tim Challies
“Here’s a question I’ve heard a number of times in a number of different contexts: Is it okay deliberately not to have children? Is it okay for a married couple to deliberately determine that they will not at least attempt to have biological children? My immediate response has always been no, it is not okay. But I have never put a lot of thought into why or whether this response is correct. Thankfully, I got an assist from Christopher Ash in his book Married for God. He teaches, as Christians have always done, that one of the foremost purposes of marriage is procreation, then provides his answer to the common question.”