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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

From the Headlines: Sexual Assault Survivors Clap Back & Invoke Change

"As Christians who speak to the necessity of accountability, transparency, and the pursuit of truth and right, should we not be the first to submit ourselves to the same processes we call for secular institutions to follow? And if the sexual assault of children is not important enough to motivate us to pursue these biblical truths, what will be?"

Lamp for Our Feet…Light for Our Path

Feeling tired, stuck, lost, overwhelmed? Is Satan trifling and trying to steal your joy? Here's some light to get you through the day. ūüôā

The Cost of Christian Obedience

"Jesus Christ does not need your protection; he needs your obedience. Obedience means that you pursue justice and you stand up for the oppressed and you stand up for the victimized, and you tell the truth about the evil of sexual assault and the evil of covering it up . . . [I]f we’re not speaking out when it costs, then [the gospel] doesn’t matter to us enough."

#WonderWoman

Here are some positive affirmations for your day. Work hard. Rest. Rewind. Repeat. <3 #wonderwoman  

Prince of Peace, Sword of the Spirit, Twinkling Christmas Lights, & Worthy Disciples

As Christians around the world set up their decorations, take part in holiday celebrations, and giftwrap presents, we should all pause and reflect on what it means to be a worthy disciple of Jesus Christ. Read more...

25 Ways to Reduce the Bystander Effect & Help Victims of Sexual Violence

Pluralistic ignorance causes the bystander effect, and it creates bystander apathy. Click to watch the video explaining this phenomenon and to read 25 ways to reduce the bystander effect and help victims of sexual violence . . .

The Spectrum of Sexual Violence & the Language We Use to Label It

This spectrum of sexual violence shows why language matters, and it shows our cultures set the foundation that allows sexual predators to construct abusive schemes. Read more . . .

‘Silence Breakers,’ Season for Change, & #ChurchToo

Sexual violence survivors from within the church join in a harmonizing chorus, reminding us abuse is in the #ChurchToo . Read their experiences here...

Fool Me Twice, Part 2 (Defaming the Abused & Silencing Democracy)

When we willfully look at reality through opaque glass, we purposefully distort the truth, defame the abused, and silence democracy. What does it take to silence democracy? Not much. The recipe includes a little disregard for truth, a few omissions... Continue Reading →

Fool Me Twice, Part 1 (Derailing Democracy)

Echo chambers, "fake news," & "alternative facts" are defaming, and defrauding in epic numbers, ultimately derailing democracy--and, Americans, we are to blame. (Part 1 of a two-part article. Read Part 2 here.) Y'all, seriously. Sigh . . . Are you... Continue Reading →

No Passes for You, Third Party Participants

To the third party participants who made themselves participants to abuse, you get no pass. We unapologetically draw a bold line in the sand. Read more...

My Name & Fault Lines (reclaiming what was mine, discarding the blame that wasn’t)

They laid out nametags. Said, ‚ÄúPick one‚ÄĚ: Vengeance. Greed. Liar...none fit...

Sexually Assaulted? Yeah, #MeToo

We share something in common with Alyssa Milano ,¬†Kesha,¬†Lady Gaga,¬†Gwyneth Paltrow,¬†Gabrielle Union,¬†Barry Crimmins,¬†Anna Paquin,¬†Javier Munoz,¬†Debra Messing,¬†Rosario Dawson,¬†Patricia Arquette,¬†Rosanna Arquette, Evan Rachel Wood, Ashley Judd . No, not our early 1990s love for New Kids on the Block (well, maybe all... Continue Reading →

Quality Produce: The Good & Bitter Fruits of Life

Have you ever bought a beautiful red apple from the grocery store, thinking, from its appearance, it was going to be juicy and sweet? Then, gotten home, washed it, and bit into it dry bitterness instead of succulent sweet juices? Yeah, not all fruits are good...

Shattered: Fracturing Cultures of Acceptance, Not the Females in Them

As I write this post, more women are coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story is gaining traction. We say it's about time! No more cultures of acceptance. No more silently compliant and... Continue Reading →

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