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Greg Brothers is an Adventist pastor in Oregon.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Land of Battered Women

Click on the title, and read the article in Thursday's New York Times.

Now that you’ve read the article, imagine that you’re a pastor in Africa. Several women in your church have asked you for advice on how to deal with this problem. What kind of advice would you give – both short-term and long-term?

How might this advice differ from that given to a woman living in the United States? Why?

How would the advice you gave your African church members differ from that given by Paul in Ephesians 5:21-6:9? How would it be the same? Why?

How might you apply Paul’s advice to American families today – or is our situation so different that it is simply irrelevant?

In short, how to you follow Jesus in a family that is not ideal?

Pastor Greg

And remember: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – Leo Tolstoi, in Anna Karenina.


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