Monday, June 25, 2012

"Rid of My Disgrace": A Review

With one in four women and one in six men having been sexually assaulted, it is time for the church to have an answer and to have the ability to minister to those in their midst who are hurting. To help, Justin and Lindsay Holcomb have co-written a helpful book put out by Re-Lit called Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault. As the title suggest, the book seeks to be a source of information and ministry to those who are hurting and suffering from sexual assault.

The truth is, most pastors and church leaders are not trained or able to handle the reality of sexual assault victims. To make it worse, most are ignorant of how many in their own congregation are victims of sexual sin. As our culture becomes more sexually confused and depraved, it will become more necessary for the church to be armed with a response.

What I love about this book is that the ministry that the Holcombs offer the hope of the gospel. The authors walk the reader through the process of dealing of sexual victimization point us to the cross and resurrection. As a minister, I am given an example by which to model my own ministry, even beyond the challenge of sexual sin, after the gospel.

The hope the church must offer the sexual victim (and might we add even the sexual sinner) is the gospel. Beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, we must proclaim a message that offers hope to the hopeless and freedom to those burdened with the despair of sexual sin. The Holcomb's write with keen insight from years of experience. This is a resource that the church needs and one that every minister should have assess too.

At some point in every under-shepherds ministry, he will have to deal with this issue.  Even at my rural congregation, I could chronicle several examples of sexual sinners and sexual victims and the power of the gospel for both. Read this book!

For more:
Blogizomai - "Real Marriage" by Mark & Grace Driscoll
Blogizomai - Pedophilia Redefined: Academics Begin Their Push
Blogizomai - The Great Recession or the Recession That Made Us Great?: Pornography and the Frugality of Lust
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Premarital Sex and the Promises It Fails to Deliver
Blogizomai - Don't Be Naive, They're Having Sex: A Word to Parents, Students, and Pastors
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