Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jesus on Lust Management

This morning I was reading through a chapter of Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. My reading this morning was from Chapter 4, "Women in the Life and Teachings of Jesus," by James A. Borland.

Jesus’ condemnation of the sin of lust was crucial in allowing Him and His followers to enjoy social contact as male and female, something nearly foreign to the Jewish mores of His age. Jesus said that “anyone who look sat a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Why not separate men and women to avoid temptation as the rabbis practiced? Because Jesus came to seek and to save, to teach and to reach (Luke 19:10). That included women as well as men. Jesus’ disciples were to have a righteousness that “surpasses that of the Pharisees” (Matthew 5:20).
Jesus “called upon his disciples to discipline their thoughts rather than to avoid women.” Lust does not have to be fed but can be controlled. Jesus demanded such control from His disciples, allowing males and females to associate together and to work in harmony with one another. Although such social contact between the sexes would be unthinkable to first-century rabbis, Jesus’ teaching about the sinfulness of lust helps to explain the relationship men and women sustain both in His earthly ministry and in the apostolic church. In the early church, women frequently labored together with men (Acts 16:14-15; Romans 16:3, 12; Philippians 4:3).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Save Submission for Marriage

A few days ago, a Facebook friend of mine shared an article with a title that caught my attention, “Women, Stop Submitting to Men.” I clicked on the link and found myself reading a piece by Russell Moore. Once again, I was impressed by his insight and no-nonsense style.

In his article, Moore discusses what he sees as a cultural problem — women are too submissive.

Indeed, a primary problem in our culture and in our churches isn’t that women aren’t submissive enough to men, but instead that they are far too submissive….[Y]es, wives are called to submit to their husbands (Eph. 5:22 ; 1 Pet. 3:1-6 ). But that’s just the point. In the Bible, it is not that women, generally, are to submit to men, generally. Instead, “wives” are to submit “to your own husbands” (1 Pet. 3:1 )...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Blessing and Change

It's been over four months since my last post.

This break from blogging wasn't desired or planned. Rather, it was unavoidable due to an onslaught of blessing and change in my life that began in August.

Just to give you a little taste, here are a few of the recent happenings.