I recently discovered the blog Tolerant Jesus Meek & Mild [Internet Archive link]. The blogger obviously understands the dynamics of abuse and how the Bible is misinterpreted in ways that enable abusers and encumber the victims of abuse. He or she has been a student at Moody Bible Institute. The posts show a pretty good understanding of what is taught in evangelical fundamentalist Christian circles.
I came across the blog because Julie Cleaveland, who blogs at Be Outside the Camp, linked to it in her recent post A Letter to Anna Duggar [Internet Archive link]. I recommend reading Julie’s letter to Anna Duggar. I think most of my readers would get a lot out of it.
Here are several posts at Tolerant Jesus Meek & Mild.
What if Elijah was right in running?
If we cannot pray the Imprecatory Psalms, then our faith is in vain
I have added Tolerant Jesus Meek & Mild and Be Outside the Camp to our blogroll.
[September 16, 2022: Editors’ notes:
—For some comments made prior to September 16, 2022 that quoted from the post, the text in the comment that was quoted from the post might no longer be an exact match.
—For some comments made prior to September 16, 2022 that quoted from the post, the text in the comment that was quoted from the post might no longer be found in the post.
If you would like to compare the text in the comments made prior to September 16, 2022 that quoted from the post to the post as it is now (September 16, 2022), click here [Internet Archive link] for the most recent Internet Archive copy of the post.]
Other posts by Julie Cleveland
Comforting My Church With the Comfort They Gave — Julie kindly wrote this as a guest post at ACFJ, before she started her own blog.
1 thought on “Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild — a blog I recommend”
From the original post:
I have started reading through the Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild blog, starting with the oldest posts first. In the post Tolerant Jesus (and keeping in mind how abusive “churches” treat abusers and victims, and knowing I have a quirky sense of humour), I was particularly struck (pun unintended) by the following paragraph:
(Bold done by me.)
When I first read the sentence I have bolded, I laughed cynically….I suspect that, at some point someone HAS twisted the parable of the Good Samaritan as described in the (above) excerpted paragraph.
From the original post:
I read through Julie Cleaveland’s A Letter to Anna Duggar….one of the things I disagree with is her use of the word “condemn” in the following paragraph:
While the Holy Spirit convicts us (and He has convicted me many times, very big sigh), He does not condemn us. Other people might condemn us (and not meaning through the judicial system), and / or we might condemn ourselves (and I have condemned myself many times, also very big sigh).
(Perhaps one day there will be fewer reasons for the Holy Spirit to convict me….and perhaps there will be a day when I stop condemning myself.)