October 20, 2017

About Damaris Zehner

Humane Resources

No one likes whining.  I’ll try not to whine.  I realize that if you speak out against mistreatment on others’ behalf, it’s justice.  If you speak out on your own behalf, it’s whining.  But maybe I can see the bottom of the boot better from down here and describe it more accurately.  If that’s whining, […]

Religion and Culture

(Note: Richard Niebuhr wrote a classic book called Christ and Culture.  I highly recommend reading it to understand the variety of relationships possible between Christianity and culture.  I don’t attempt to summarize his ideas here, just my own thoughts from my travels and studies.) Recently Lisa Dye quoted Derek Prince as saying, “Never let your […]

Balance

Virtue and truth, if out of balance, cease to be virtue or truth. That’s a bit short for a post, so I’ll expand. Any virtue developed in isolation from other virtues becomes a vice. Truthfulness, untempered by kindness, becomes a critical spirit. Gentleness without courage is weak. Empathy without self-discipline is soppy. It is easy […]

Thoughts about Women in Ministry

A recent iMonk Classic mentioned the issue of women in ministry.  I thought I’d take it up. Armor?  Check. Shield, gas mask, safety glasses, earplugs?  Check. Here goes. First of all, I won’t say anything about Bible passages dealing with women’s roles in the church.  Everyone who cares about the issues knows them, and yet […]

Consider It All Joy

My family and I were missionaries in Kyrgyzstan for some years.  Our furloughs in America were busy and tiring.  We had to pack too frequently, try to keep the children sane, and say the same things a hundred times to people we’d mostly never see again.  The summer I’m thinking about was a particularly difficult […]

Are We There Yet?

By Damaris Zehner Last Sunday, the Bible readings included John 13:33-35 and Revelation 21:3-4. An odd conjunction struck me. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am […]