SHAMEnoun: .a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.DAMNverb: condemn.Why do others shame us? Why do we cast blame and shame on others? Where does shame come from? Shame affects every area of our life and relationships. In order to cure shame, we have to find its root source, which may be subtly (yet destructively) hidden in commonly accepted teachings and beliefs that wreak havoc on our self-image. Damn Shame speaks candidly about the lies we believe about ourselves — about others — and invites us to shift our understanding so we can begin to heal and live without the baggage of our past. Ask yourself: “What in my thinking about God’s view of me, do I need to change so I don’t live in shame? Does God really see me as someone who deserve damnation just for being born?” If you sense that the God of the Bible is a God who is both just and loving — who holds us to a holy standard and yet offers us the grace and mercy through His Son to reach that standard — then condemn the shame you feel. Damn it. And live free in His truth and love.
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Curtis H. Tucker didn’t grow up going to church, but rather surfing the breaks of Newport Beach, lettering in surfing in high school. He came to Christ at nineteen, and has found that the lack of Christian upbringing has served him well in his pursuit of God with openness and an ability to identify theological inconsistencies that sometimes come in the name of tradition. Curtis is an out-of-box, intensely inquisitive thinker; a diligent, determined student of the Bible; and a dedicated follower of Jesus. Uncovering obscured truth and teaching it to others is his life’s passion. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Western Seminary (Portland, Oregon) in 1997, and pastors a community church in Central Oregon where he lives with his two sons: Carson and Cooper.