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Practically Navigating the Contours to Help an Abuse Victim

Practically Navigating the Contours to Help an Abuse Victim

Patiently loving the abused while listening to their story to comprehend what happened to and in them is vital. Additionally, you will represent Jesus most effectively if you do not move faster than they can go. Of course, you want them to experience restorative freedom,… Continue Reading …

Why the Term Emotional Abuse Is Unhelpful and Misleading

Why the Term Emotional Abuse Is Unhelpful and Misleading

Emotional abuse is real and painful. If ongoing, it can have a detrimental effect on your body and soul. Understanding emotional trauma biblically is vital, which is why the term “emotional abuse” is misleading, unhelpful, and sub-biblical. The Bible has a better way of thinking… Continue Reading …

The Abuse of Abuse Is Complicating Legitimate Abuse

The Abuse of Abuse Is Complicating Legitimate Abuse

The word abuse has become a catchall phrase with too many Christians. It’s a construct that is full of all sorts of things, and it’s now in danger of losing its worth. When you dilute a subject to include virtually anything, the original meaning is… Continue Reading …

Eight Signs of Spiritual Abuse to See If It’s Happening to You

Eight Signs of Spiritual Abuse to See If It's Happening to You

Can you give some clear examples of signs of how a pastor or church leader is crossing the line from being a shepherd to a spiritual abuser? It would be helpful to know when to support a pastor when he is genuinely trying to defend… Continue Reading …

What Are Your Thoughts About Wolves and Weeds In the Church?

What Are Your Thoughts About Wolves and Weeds In the Church?

What are your thoughts about the warnings in the New Testament regarding wolves in sheep’s clothing, or about weeds among the wheat? How am I to think about them, as well as respond to them? What is the best approach when dealing with this subject?… Continue Reading …

Cynicism Is a Response of the Disappointed

An unprepared heart will not receive disappointment well. And when it comes, which it undoubtedly will, the temptation to become a cynic will be powerful. The cynic cocoons himself from hurt while distrusting the active goodness of God in his life. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

When Christianity Disappoints You: The Death Of My Brother

My brother loved God and served the church; until he was disappointed by his pastor. He walked away from Christianity because he did not expect disappointment and he did not know how to handle it. He was murdered two years later. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

The Necessity Of “Critiquing” Authority Structures

Often a subordinate in a relationship comes to our ministry, asking if it is okay to have a voice within their hierarchal structure. The follower is afraid to bring critique to what they are experiencing. You may want to read: The Power Of the Critical… Continue Reading …

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