Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God

Bob Bevington
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Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God | September 1st, 2013

Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God

VOWS color big 300When I got divorced 17 years ago, I was the victimizer. In John Greco’s divorce, he was the victim. There’s a big difference. Nevertheless, I was asked to endorse his new book. Here’s what I wrote:

Sadly, divorced Christians are often treated as damaged goods and second-class believers. I’ve felt that sting because, like John Greco, I too am a member of the Scarlet D Club. But there is good news—yes, even for the divorced—and in Broken Vows John shows us the gospel-based path to true forgiveness, personal healing, and life after divorce. When betrayal, rejection, and regret threatened to make John Greco a life-long victim he eventually learned to look beyond the offender to the sovereign God who never stops loving. If you’ve been divorced—or know a Christian who has—you need to get this book!

The book comes out today. Here’s the press release:

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (8/15/13) —“There was never supposed to be a post-marriage period of my life,” says John Greco. He had just accepted his dream position as a church pastor when his wife announced she was divorcing him. In a few short weeks, his marriage ended and his career plans unraveled. He was hurt, angry, and felt abandoned by God.

Marriage is supposed to be for life, but divorce still happens. How can a Christian reconcile the reality of divorce with the biblical view of marriage? How can the wronged spouse forgive? And how can God still be good when bad things happen?

In Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God, Greco doesn’t offer pat answers. In the initial aftermath, he says one must simply grieve. “There is a period after a devastating loss when a soul is unable to take in words of healing,” he says. “These are the moments, not to look for answers or try to find any sort of good in the situation, but to pour yourself out to Jesus.”

Broken Vows combines Greco’s personal story with a biblical view of suffering. He provides pastoral help for those who have experienced divorce and gives all Christians a way to think biblically about this difficult subject.

See more endorsements at: http://cruciformpress.com/our-books/broken-vows/#endorsements or visit the book page.

Free download: First 18 pages of the book, including all of Chapter 1.

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The Secret to Obeying the Great Commandment

Bob Bevington

The Secret to Obeying the Great Commandment

Great CommandmentOn the Tuesday before he went to the cross, Jesus had a conversation with a Jewish lawyer who asked, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?

It was a trick question, but Jesus answered it anyway. And his answer was profound:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

That was Jesus’ answer. What do you think of it?

All your heart? All your soul? All your mind? That’s not only all of me. That’s who I am!

I can think of only two kinds of people who’d claim they don’t break this commandment. Liars and fools. The truth is we break it every day. No, it breaks us.

So why would Jesus lay this on us?

Remember what day it was. [Read more...]

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Guest Blogger: Missionary Dan LeMoine

Bob Bevington
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Guest Blogger: Missionary Dan LeMoine | November 29th, 2012

Guest Blogger: Missionary Dan LeMoine

Team LaMoine in the DR

Dan & Danae LeMoine are on mission in the Dominican Republic. You just gotta love the way they state their goal: “To love each other and others with the devastating love of Christ.” They live and serve in the small mountain town of Jarabacoa. The link to their very cool blog is below.

My Story of Brokenness and Grace, by Dan LeMoine

When asked to pen a post about Brokenness & Grace, I said to myself: I’ve broken my share of bones…I got this!

I spent the next several weeks immersed in brokenness. The heavy-hearted, pit-in-your-stomach type brokenness that I often try avoiding. I think that is the brokenness Bob and Joe are talking about when they say, “Brokenness forms the cracks through which grace flows and joy pours out.” 

My conversations with God seemed to gravitate toward stories about guys like Jacob, and even the God-man himself. They were broken as a result of being intimate with God. Jacob wrestled with God to where his hip was dislocated. Jesus embraced being broken because of his intimacy with the Father.

But as I mused over how to express my Brokenness & Grace, [Read more...]

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