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Helping Haiti

The devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti needs no introduction. Undoubtedly you’ve seen the news reports and heard the calls for humanitarian aid. The need is staggering — what can normal people like you and I do?

There are actually several very practical, urgent ways that anyone can help.

1) Pray. If you aren’t sure where to start, or need some help to stay focused, tune into the live IHOP-KC webstream by clicking here. Most of our intercessory prayer meetings right now are focusing on Haiti.  (Intercession meetings are at 12am, 4am, 6am, 10am, 4pm, and 8pm Central)

2) Give. Support those who are going to the front lines of the quake to minister to the victims. You can view and support the work of Crisis Response International (CRI) by clicking here. CRI is an organization which brings both practical aid and Holy Spirit-led ministry to disaster areas. You can also check out my roommate’s blog by clicking here. She is raising money now to deploy with the CRI relief team to Haiti very soon.

3) Act. Randy Bohlender has been pounding down all kinds of political doors to get Haitian orphans out of the danger zone, and his relentless efforts have opened several easy inroads for you to have a voice in their rescue. This post does everything but call your senator and congressperson for you — click over for information on how to let your representatives know you want to see those children taken to safety. This post does all but send an urgent email for you — click over for a link to contact the Haitian government, along with a ready-made form email, to petition them to ask/allow the U.S. to help them take care of their orphans. This post explains why we should even bother and care — the short version is that a) countless children are being abandoned to starvation, neglect, and squalor, and b) in their current helpless state, these orphans are ripe for the picking for predatorial human traffickers to take them away… and no one will even realize they’re gone. Read all of Randy’s posts. Take them to heart. And take action.

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Posted by on January 20, 2010 in justice

 

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Why I’m Not an Evangelical Feminist

The semantics of this may be mostly relevant to me, but I think the principles are definitely worth some airtime on this blog.

When studying the topic of women in ministry, you instantly run into two big camps of thought. Complementarians believe that, although men and women are equal in their personhood, they are inequal (but complementary) as it pertains to their proper roles in life. Egalitarians believe that men and women are equal in their personhood and are not limited to specific roles/functions. Within these two broad categories, I would technically fall into the second, most particularly as it pertains to ministry.

If you’ve tracked with this blog very long at all, you’ll see that I’ve been doing a study on this subject lately. I’m still at it — albeit slowly — and currently I am studying through a particular complementarian book to try and see both sides of the argument. Now this particular book almost never refers to egalitarians as “egalitarians”. It prefers the term evangelical feminists.

I don’t want to read more into that term than was intended by the authors, but I have to admit it makes me squirm.

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Tidbit: Misery Loves Company

Lately, I’ve been feeling the weight of a particular revelation. It’s not particularly long, but it’s worth a good selah or two. Since it’s my blog, I get to bring you lovely folks along with me on the ride (hence the title).

Recently, Mike Bickle spoke about how King David responded to mistreatment. (You can read about it here and/or download it here to listen to it). One of the big points he drove home was how it is unwise and unproductive to seek your own justice. We see this in the life of David when he refused to strike out in vengeance against Saul. David spared the man who was wrongfully seeking to kill him, saying “Let the LORD judge between you and me, and let the LORD avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you” (1Sam 24:12). Rather than seeking to clear our own name or fight our enemies ourselves, we need to hand the situation over to the Lord.

I could feel the weight of the message while I was listening. It was good. It was scriptural. I found it enjoyable and provoking. But in all honesty, I was listening from a slightly detached perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2009 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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WE Have sinned; WE need mercy

As I stare at the elections which will be upon us in less than 24 hours, I have a few things on my heart. Mainly, right now, I’m thinking about how we are posturing our hearts towards this.

Christians, when we’re praying for the church, we aren’t praying for them; we’re praying for us.

American Christians, when we’re praying for this nation, we aren’t praying for them; we’re praying for us.

Today I heard a phrase from a wonderful, solid believer who was repenting before God “on behalf of those in the church who value their finances over justice.” I completely understand what this person meant by this; if your pocketbook is doing the voting for you, that’s a serious problem. However, as I heard these words, I was immediately struck with the thought: this is all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Intercession

 

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One More Reason to Care About the Poor

Last night I got to drop in on the FSM class Q&A that goes along with the Saturday night EGS. Normally I am unavailable at that time, but this week I was actually able to go. Because I’m a teaching assistant for the Friday night class, I get to drop in on the Saturday session whenever I’m available. It’s a great time of learning; the students write down questions about the book of Revelation and the End Times to be answered by the class facilitators (who I will come to in a minute).

Anyway, I was in the class, and one student submitted a question that went something like this: “What about the poor and totally oppressed people in the earth who haven’t heard about Jesus? Will they be spared the judgments, or will they perish?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in Eschatology, Eternity, Theology

 

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Zechariah 9:9 – A King Worth Rejoicing For

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)

You’ll probably recognize this as the prophecy fulfilled in Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. The tepmtation that sits before us, the highly educated Greek-thinkers, is to look at this verse and file it away under “A” for apologetics. We might note that it’s cool that Jesus fulfilled the whole riding on a donkey thing, and then just keep going. I think that’s generally what I’ve done with it in the past. But this is a tremendously rich verse that has been tugging on my heart for several days now. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2008 in Bible, Christology, Zechariah

 

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Praying for Justice

Something I’ve been thinking about…

Abortion is unjust. Human trafficking is unjust. They both need to end. We should be praying fervently that they do end. But that doesn’t mean we have to start yelling and condemning things and binding things and moaning to God about what a sad state our country is in.

Now, of course it’s true that our country is trouble. Of course there are things that need to be broken off and brought to an end. Such prayer is very valid, especially if the intercessor is gripped with the burden of it. But if we spend our entire prayer lives binding this and breaking that and coming against the other thing, we’re going to end up becoming very tired, jaded people who don’t enjoy prayer very much. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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