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Male and Female: Whose Church Is It, Anyway?

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The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth 10) Eve vs. Artemis .......
Full disclosure - I am Church of Christ born and bred. I went through the entire program. I was born to faithful, active parents. We were at church every time the doors were open. I went to private Church of Christ schools from 1st grade through college (Jackson Christian School, Columbia Academy, and Harding University). I have worked as a full time youth minster and worship leader in two different Churches of Christ over the past 8 1/2 years.

I can totally relate to Paul in Philippians 3 when he is listing off his resume. Oh you want to talk religious cred? How bout them apples? Paul says he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” Well, I guess that would make me… CoC of CoC. Paul’s point in saying all that was…

My Definitively Subjective Star Wars Movie Ranking

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It's an amazing time to be a nerd.

I've found myself thinking and saying that a lot over the last several years. I've always been a nerd - Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Monty Python, DC, Marvel, and everything in between.

I remember sitting in elementary school having Star Wars trivia contests with my friends. Who was Luke's childhood best friend? What was the name of the droid Uncle Owen almost bought instead of R2-D2? That sort of thing.

When I was home sick as a kid, I wore out our Star Wars trilogy VHS tapes.

And yes, Han shot first.

I have LOVED the onslaught of new Star Wars movies. They should have waited to release Solo until this holiday season, but whatever. I am definitely not one of those Star Wars "fans" who nitpick every little thing and boycott the movies. I will have opening night tickets to every single Star Wars movie and will see it multiple times in theater.

Is every Star Wars movie a masterpiece? No, not by a long shot. But…

Blinded

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"I can't see anything."

"You're suffering from hibernation sickness. You're eyesight will return soon."

"Where am I?"

"Jabba's palace."

"Who are you?"

"Someone who loves you very much."

Han and Leia share a kiss, and live happily ever after. It's not every day that the damsel rescues the knight in distress.

Anyway, Han spends the next several scenes in a state of near-blindness. I feel his pain. The same thing happens to me when I stumble to the bathroom at 2 am and flip the light switch. It's painful to go from several hours of darkness to instant light. How much more pain must Han have felt after such a long time frozen in carbonite?

I can across this passage this morning which I have read many times, yet I noticed something new this time. 1 John 2:10-11 says, "Whoever loves his brother abides in the light and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darknes…