Resolving to love people rather than judging them as we begin a new year.

January 1, 2013

“Just love ‘em”—Jo Hilder talks about being real with ourselves and others
Australian writer and cancer coach Jo Hilder says Christians are so often afraid to share their hurts, their problems, their failings, because they’re afraid of being judged. “Great Lies force people underground,” she writes. “. . . We force people to turn away from their pain and their truth, we make them split themselves in two, and sometimes into even more little pieces. And folks learn they can only ever show us one kind of face, tell us one kind of story. The perfect face. The story with the happy ending. But these happy, perfect stories and faces are not what Jesus came to heal.” Hilder wrote this article for the Burnside Writers Collective.

(Extra: You can read more about Jo Hilder and watch a short “Welcome” video on her personal blog here.)

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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