A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Wrestling With the Darkness — part 1 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

unknown

For the next few Sundays we want to feature a sermon series on the book of Ecclesiastes by Ps. Sam Powell.  The series is not directly about abuse, but because many of our readers are without a church we want to help by offering some non-abuse-related biblical material from time to time.  In addition to learning and growing in the knowledge of abuse and evil, it is good to balance our growth with other aspects of the Bible.

Here is the first sermon in the series:  Wrestling With the Darkness

***

Sam Powell blogs at My Only Comfort. He is the pastor of First Reformed Church, Yuba City California. Until recently he also taught Hebrew at a seminary. We’ve featured things by Ps Sam Powell before on this blog and we value him as a colleague in the battle to expose and prevent domestic abuse in Christian circles.

***

Posts in this sermon series

Part 1: Is this post.

Part 2: Nothing New Under the Sun — pt 2 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 3: Where is the Good Life? — pt 3 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 4: The Relentless Flow of Time — pt 4 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 5: Life in the Kingdom of Men — part 5 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 6: The Sacrifice of Fools — part 6 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 7: A Peaceful Life — part 7 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 8: A Good Name — part 8 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 9: Hope In Oppression — part 9 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 10: The Schemes of Mankind — part 10 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 11: Wisdom in Wicked Times — part 11 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 12: The Pride of Life — part 12 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 13: Dead Flies, Dull Axes — part 13 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 14: Before the Evil Days Come — part 14 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Part 15: The Conclusion of the Matter — final part of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

1 Comment

  1. Shattered not broken

    Thank you for this. I am so thankful for this blog and the people behind it. It’s such a refuge as I go through this storm. By the time I was ready to formally withdraw from the church I was a member of, I was out of words. Out of explanations of why I was departing. Out of the need or want to explain. After expressing the details to people who understood and supported me, I realized I wasn’t wrong. I wasn’t the one that believed wrong. It was just too much to go through again. So I simply said I was no longer a member and didn’t want to be contacted. But they didn’t leave me alone. They sent letters and showed up at my house and had members show up unannounced. Without my husband’s support, I again made it clear I didn’t want to be contacted. I just wanted that chapter of my life over. I’m still wondering if when how and what they will do next. I’ve been threatened with discipline even though I had already withdrawn. I told them they don’t own me. I just want them to leave me alone. I don’t feel i owe an explanation after everything I’ve gone through with them. The refusal to help when I asked for it. The blatant misogyny. The spiritual abuse. It’s been very difficult to sort out mu feelings. I don’t regret it at all. I’m mostly just disgusted at how they believe pertaining to a lot of things. I think they defame Christ in their views on marriage. I’m very thankful for this site. It has helped me so much.

Leave a comment. It's ok to use a made up name (e.g Anon37). For safety tips read 'New Users Info' (top menu). Tick the box if you want to be notified of new comments.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: