My heart remains heavy for those wounded by leaders whose arrogance use the Bible as a weapon to harm instead of to heal. I’ve been on the receiving end of that arrogance and it is not pleasant.
This open letter is to CT’s Board of Directors because we believe the public situation of reportedly questionable ethics and abusive behaviors by CT representatives Mark Galli and Ed Stetzer has escalated to where it can only be resolved at the board level.
Readers new to “abuse survivor blogs” may not be aware, but there is a huge reservoir of research and resource material from abuse survivors, advocates, and activists that corroborates the “Abuse of Faith” series. This page compiles background resources to all the situations and stories covered in the first article of the “Abuse of Faith”… Continue reading Houston Chronicle’s “Abuse of Faith” in the SBC – Article #1 of 3 – Resources for Additional Research
Biblical Counseling, Christian Counseling, Nouthetic Counseling, Heath Lambert, Albert Mohler, Dr. Eric Johnson, SBTS
There is nothing that happens in your life that God does not permit – – even abuse? We got in a heated discussion in the comments on the last post regarding the determinist belief that nothing happens in our lives that God does not permit. For people who have been abused, that is a tough… Continue reading Abuse Survivors Question the Idea That Nothing Happens in Your Life – Even Abuse – That God Does Not Permit
* * * Jesus wept. John 11:35 Yesterday, I got ten times mores hits on my blog than usual – all because of someone’s tweet – – someone who should know better – but who said something so shocking that people came to see the tweet for themselves (the… Continue reading What Do Victims of Natural Disasters Need? A Survivor Shares
* * * So, I’m minding my own business catching up on the latest Twitter news and it is filled with tweets about the devastating aftermath of the Twister in Oklahoma that as of this posting has 20 confirmed deaths and 145 people hospitalized. People are still being pulled from the… Continue reading John Piper’s Tweet During Devastating Twister Aftermath
A guest post by brad/futuristguy. Sometimes, catastrophic events sweep us into a stress-inducing storyline that we never intended or even imagined. And the outcomes may change our lives forever. That’s the core of the story in the 2012 movie, The Impossible. Just as a family is enjoying what’s supposed to be a relaxing vacation together… Continue reading When “The Impossible” Creates an Imperative: PBC’s Tsunami of Controversy
So many of us who have gone through spiritual abuse came from a church where a pastor or church leader acted like a bully in our spiritual or personal lives. Pastor Wade Burleson recently posted an article and it is so contrary to what I have experienced in churches. Here is a portion of the… Continue reading Pastors Who Behave Like They Are Your Boss
* * * Below is a compilation of resources (book recommendations, websites, groups, etc.) for helping those who have experienced various types of abuse (spiritual, emotional, verbal, sexual, domestic violence). Many times the Christian church has not been a safe place for victims to go for help. I try to do… Continue reading Helpful Resources
There is a slice of heaven on earth when we can relate to one another in the church, regardless of the form our family takes, as individuals equal in worth, significance and value. ~Wade Burleson The other day, I posted about a new movie coming out called UnMarried. I really appreciated the contributions in the comments.… Continue reading More Background Info on the Movie: UnMarried
I don’t usually do this, but this article is just beautiful and . . . radical. It comes from Wade Burleson who pastors Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma. You can hear his sermons each week at EChurch at the The Wartburg Watch blog. Thankful for Giving at Thanksgiving Emmanuel Enid receives offerings in… Continue reading The Offering Plate
Yes, this is the church and the people in divorce court.So many people are leaving the church. Why? Because they are experiencing emotional abuse, psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, and intellectual abuse. And neglect. More and more people are becoming post church people. David Hayward of nakedpastor.com For some reason, this week I’ve heard from a… Continue reading When You Don’t Want to "Go" to Church
In the last post, I mentioned Mike Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries. Mike and Debi Pearl are quite popular in the homeschool movement. Years ago, they published a book called “To Train up a Child”. They practically gave it away, the price was so low. It was actually a pretty smart marketing tool because… Continue reading Mike Pearl and Women in the Church
* * * I listened to Wade Burleson’s eChurch at Wartburg Watch yesterday and was blown away by his sermon based on two verses of the Bible that he wrestled with. Hebrews 11:11-12: By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful… Continue reading The Patriarchal Movement: Who Owns Your Faith?
Rose from my backyard. I have neglected the bush and somehow it produced this. Amazing. Can God create something amazingly beautiful out of a life of “neglect”? I think so! And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide… Continue reading Happy Tears