Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What is Watch the Shepherd?

Dear friends,

I've got a new blog called Watch the Shepherd!  The tag line for it is, "Looking to the Good Shepherd Jesus for the example of how to care for others... Keeping a discerning eye on those who claim to be shepherds of God's people... Learning to recognize, heal from, and speak out against abuse -- spiritual, emotional, verbal, and physical -- in churches, organizations, and families."

I am not an expert.  I am an observer.  This is not a comprehensive site.  It is whatever I have to offer at the moment.  That is my disclaimer.

Right now, all of the posts on this blog are duplicated from two of my other blogs, and  I had been running two series on spiritual abuse on this blogs -- the first mainly about Sovereign Grace  Ministries, and the other about the home schooling and full quiver movements, particularly that patriarchal or patriocentristic edge.  I haven't had a chance to change the links to the articles, so if you click on something, you might end up on one of the other blogs, even if the same article is on this blog.  (And is that just about clear as mud now?)

I am hoping to add more posts as time allows, but I'm a busy mom of 10 and a grandma, too.  What I would really like to do is link to other sites that have broader research on abuse and religion.  If you have any that you would like for me to consider, please send them my way!  What I have so far is here: Links

Let us watch the Good Shepherd, who will never lead us astray...

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.

Virginia Knowles


  1. Hi Virginia,

    Glad you stopped by! I subscribed to your other blog, Virginia's Life Such as it Is, on google reader a few weeks ago. I think maybe I followed a link there from thatmom?

    I'm adding this blog to my reader as well. Sounds like we do have a bit in common, though I just read your history post and you were MUCH more involved in the movement than I ever was. My involvement was through their books, blogs, and magazines. I like to say I was on the "fringes" of patriarchy. But even so, it had quite a negative impact on my life.

  2. Hi Virginia. I've finally taken time to stroll through your writings instead of the usual hit and run. I love the double entendre of your blog name (you are clever), your very thoughtful process of unraveling a complicated thought, and the simplicity of your profound messages. I found your latest post on respect to be a spot on example of eloquence and truth. You didn't deliver it with a bludgeon; those words just sunk in simply because they were well-seasoned. I also realized something: I am not that much younger than you but there is a bit of an age difference. I realize that "elder" is not an office but a bent of the heart. In any Church gathering, elders are easily identifiable not only by their season of life, but by how they have weathered life. Have their storms and troughs produced wisdom and all the fruits? Have they become the source of wisdom and assurance in our gatherings? I consider you an elder in the best sense of the word.

    1. Janet, you've brought me to tears today. It's been a long road.