As previously noted this week’s sermon emerged after reading Dr. Jerry Bridges’ book, Respectable Sins. He relates a distressing story on the effect of a critical spirit. It was shared with him through a mutual friend. This person had been raised in an upper-class Christian home with a hypercritical father. The middle child of the family, a daughter, bore the brunt of his criticism to the point of being convinced that she was incapable of doing anything correctly. The more that the father pointed out her poor posture, the more she slumped. ......