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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

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Sexual Assault Prevention

When Oceans Rise

Anger swells, and then recedes, replaced by guilt. Then, more anger. And then sadness. These feelings flow in waves, like the tide. It’s just so senseless. And unfair. All humans have the potential to shine light, but God grants some souls extra wattage. K’s light was extraordinary. And she was just a child on the brink of living...The world needed K. The world needed a million Ks...

“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

In Matthew 18, Jesus' disciples asked him this question: "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" The disciples expected Jesus to establish an order. Lay out who was the best, most devoted among them. With whom was Jesus... Continue Reading →

10 Lessons of Light for Dark Days: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Heart Full of Grace, & A Soul Generated By Love

This week has been particularly painful for many. The Senate's Supreme Court confirmation hearing coverage was all-consuming. Once again, without asking for our consent, persons who had others perpetrate acts of violence on them found themselves in the center of... Continue Reading →

Justice & the Balancing of “Law” & “Gospel”

Justice is blind, and her judgments are fair, impartial, and moral. The blindfolded Justice holds a balance in one hand and a sword in the other. On Justice's scales, she weighs evidence against truth; Justice's blindfold shows her impartiality; and... Continue Reading →

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?"

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."

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 . . .

‘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...

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 →

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 →

Restoration: Resetting the Scales

When we lose autonomy over ourselves, we become internally unbalanced. When others silence our voice, we cannot directly communicate, set boundaries, or restore internal order. So, instead of dealing with the real conflict, we war within ourselves. Luckily, we don't have to live in an unbalanced state. We can achieve restoration, and we can be at peace with ourselves. But first we must understand the forces tipping the scale...

Pearl of Great Price: Insuring Your Self-Worth

Saltwater pearls are considered rare and precious gems. They grow in mollusk shells along beds formed from extinct, eroded volcanos. One single pearl grows for years, facing threatening predators, crabs, and parasites. The few that survive emerge as beautiful smooth, translucent round layers reflecting light ... you are a pearl. A pearl of great price.

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