Chafer Bible Conference 2019

I had the privilege last week to be invited by Dr. Robbie Dean to be a keynote speaker at the Chafer Bible Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. The folks were very gracious, hospitable, and most important, eager to engage and follow God’s word.

Below are the session titles and links to the videos for each session.

Session #1: Telling His Stories: The Artistry of the Biblical Narrative

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuMdaNU-PHg

Session #2: Telling His Stories: The Artistry of His Narrative: Genesis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81i5NAWpeVU

Session #3: Telling His Stories: The Artistry of His Narrative: Jonah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EAsF3KVD7w

Session #4: Singing His Songs: The Artistry of Biblical Poetry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QQ86LjWWUo

Session #5: Singing His Songs: The Poetic Artistry of the Psalms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ciFY45d1RQ

Session #6: Singing His Songs: The Poetic Artistry of the Song of Songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFUNnwbijfM

 

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Review of Ruth Tucker’s, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse

Review of Ruth A. Tucker, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse (Zondervan, 2016) 206 pages.

Ruth Tucker of Jerusalem to Irian Jaya fame, has penned a personal, heart-wrenching account of years of domestic violence at the hands of her “charming, articulate, and intelligent” husband and once beloved pastor. Her ex-spouse (who is never named in the book) inflicted untold physical and emotional horror on her and their son for years. Sadly, Tucker’s experience is not unique in the church. Women and their children like her and her son (Carlton) should not have to suffer in silence and alone. The church needs to read this book to be motivated to come along side others like Tucker.

What Tucker suffered at the hands of her husband was terrible and inexcusable. Her ex’s use of the Bible to cower Tucker into submission was not only violence inflicted on his wife, Ruth, but also abuse of the worst kind on the biblical text itself. And this is where Tucker does not differentiate between what the Bible actually teaches and what her husband inflicted on her based on his warped hermeneutic. For Tucker they are one in the same. Since her husband demanded total and unquestioned submission and would physically and/or emotionally make her tow that line, any male who supports and practices loving biblical submission (i.e. complementarianism) in marriage is like her husband.

While there is certainly a danger that the doctrine of biblical submission in marriage has (and will be) used as a vicious club (23), Tucker misses the point that God never intended this doctrine to be wielded in such fashion. Sadly, she also confuses the perpetrator with the teaching when she writes, “Yet the doctrine of male headship demands that an independent single woman turn into another woman—a woman under subjection” (53). Tucker’s horrendous experience was at the hands of her ex who had violated the biblical text long before he had abused her.

“Redeeming Chronic Pain: When Surgery Fails” Chapter in new book arrived this week

Just received my copy of When Suffering Is Redemptive: Stories of How Anguish and Pain Accomplish God’s Mission edited by Larry Waters (Weaver Publishing). The paperback is available from the publisher for $11.25 or $11.14 from Amazon.

I contributed chapter three: “Redeeming Chronic Pain: When Surgery Fails.”

If you have a soft heart for suffering people, this is not an easy read. However, for those who are hurting, it may be an encouragement that others have and are suffering and God is with them in their pain and sorrow.

book cover