Ruth and the God of Vulnerability, Empathy & Redemption

We might have a vulnerability issue.

Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, suggests that many of us struggle with “allowing ourselves to be seen.” She says, “We’re the most in debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history.” She suggests that this is so because we don’t embrace vulnerability.

Here’s why that’s devastating. Redemption begins with vulnerability. If we consider the Bible–in its particulars and as a whole–we discover this truth.

This is particularly evident in the story of Ruth. Ruth is a story of famine, loss and impossible redemption. Yet that redemption begins with vulnerability.

So what is vulnerability and how do we practice it well?

Message from Sunday, August 16, 2015.

The video clip in the message is from Brené Brown’s TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability” at TEDx Houston (filmed in June 2010; available in full at

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