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Friday, August 1, 2008

Gender Wars and Skewed Survey Results: A Network Update

Dear Network Members and Friends,

I will be traveling to California in September to tape a show dealing with the issue of CHRISTIAN MYTHS ABOUT ABUSE. The show will be aired nationwide in October if not sooner. I covet your prayers for traveling mercies and that the Holy Spirit will be with my mouth while the cameras are rolling!

Things appear to be heating up in the arena of Domestic Abuse & Violence--especially where Christian response and gender roles are concerned. I know that many are aware that, in the Evangelical community, there is a full scale gender war in progress. I am not interested in enlisting. Never the less, from time to time, I am called upon to comment on these issues, and I wish to do so only under the influence and anointing of the Holy Spirit. I have deliberately held back from responding too hastily to the highly publicized comments made by Bruce Ware concerning gender roles at the Denton Bible Church. I have posted a few responses on the **Woman Submit blogspot and plan to add more.

I am also prayerfully researching studies which claim to prove that women are the primary aggressors in domestic violence and are inundating the courts with false claims of abuse in custody cases. I will reserve comment on this until after I post the results of my own research which should be posted on this blog sometime in August. **Please monitor the Dorcas Network site and blog for postings on these things (links in sidebar).

I realize so many who have been laboring long and hard in advocating for battered and abused Christian women are tempted to become frustrated with how difficult it is to make real progress in this area and possibly even with my "slowness" in responding to certain issues. I beg your mercy, indulgence, and above all PRAYERS. I would rather approach things prayerfully, carefully and slowly, and have my facts straight, than to respond hastily, in the flesh--not by the Spirit, and have my facts wrong. That would be a disservice to everyone.

Be encouraged. NOT BY MIGHT, NOT BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT SAITH THE LORD. Let us not grow weary in well doing and continue to be Light and Salt within our spheres of influence.

Love & Prayers
Jocelyn

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: AFTER MUCH PRAYER, WE DECIDED TO DISCONTINUE OUR CONSTANT CONTACT EMAIL SERVICE. IT IS NO MORE. WE SIMPLY DID NOT USE IT ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY THE MONTHLY EXPENSE, AND WERE NOT ABOUT TO BEGIN ASKING FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT (FROM ANYONE BUT GOD). SO IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE REGULAR UPDATES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADD YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES TO THE FEEDBURNER MAILING LISTS ATTACHED TO EACH SITE OR BLOG. MOST FUTURE COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE SENT THROUGH THESE CHANNELS RATHER THAN PRIVATE EMAIL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE DORCAS NETWORK.

One more thing: It has come to our attention that WOMAN SUBMIT! has disappeared from some of the databases used by local book stores. We are currently working to resolve this issue with our distributors. In the meantime, we know that the book is easily available at Books-a-Million and Borders Books. Some local stores can also still get the title, so it doesn't hurt to check with them. All of our online retailers (Amazon.com, BarnesandNobles.com, and many more) still have it, and of course it is still offered free for Download at
http://www.womansubmit.com/ .