Bill Gothard, Christianity and Politics, Disturbing Trends, Doug Phillips & Vision Forum, Full-Quiver, Homeschool Movement, Patriarchal-Complementarian Movement, Reconstructionist-Dominion Movement

Rep. Matt Shea: When Politics is Fueled by Religion that Harms

Rep. Matt Shea, Biblical Basis for War, Politics, Religion, Dominionism *** I intentionally do not delve into politics much on this blog because politics is divisive and conversation can deteriorate quickly. However, today I want to mention one candidate whose religion is interfering with his politics in a way that could harm. I found about… Continue reading Rep. Matt Shea: When Politics is Fueled by Religion that Harms

Disturbing Trends, Franklin Graham, It's All About the Image, SMH (Shake My Head)

Franklin Graham’s Nonprofit Charities, Samaritan Purse and Operation Christmas Child, Cancel Advertisement Account with Relevant Magazine after Quoting Graham’s Own Words

  *** Franklin Graham's non-profit organizations, Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child, will no longer use Relevant magazine for advertising. What was Relevant's crime?  They printed Franklin Graham's own words! On September 19, 2018, Relevant magazine reported a quote from Franklin Graham which were originally said during a CBN news interview. Here are Relevant's two paragraphs.… Continue reading Franklin Graham’s Nonprofit Charities, Samaritan Purse and Operation Christmas Child, Cancel Advertisement Account with Relevant Magazine after Quoting Graham’s Own Words

ABUSE & VIOLENCE IN THE CHURCH, C.J. Mahaney, Clergy Misconduct, Clergy Sex Abuse, Disturbing Trends, Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence and Churches, Doug Wilson, Dr. Albert Mohler, Failure to Report Crimes, John MacArthur, John Piper, Justin Taylor, Mandatory Reporting, Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll, Owen Strachan, Phil Johnson, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches, Spiritual Abuse, The Gospel Coalition, Tullian Tchividjian, Voddie Baucham

Will Those in the Real Gospel-Centered Churches Please Stand?

Gospel-Centered Movement, TGC, YRR, Calvinists, Jared Wilson *** Over at The Gospel Coalition website, Jared Wilson has published the Top 125 Influences of the Gospel-Centered Movement. Now, I admit at first, I had assumed that he was talking about all influential Christians. As I read more of his intro, I saw that he was really… Continue reading Will Those in the Real Gospel-Centered Churches Please Stand?

ABUSE & VIOLENCE IN THE CHURCH, Biblical Counseling, Disturbing Trends, Dr. Albert Mohler, Legalism, Mental Health and the Church, Southern Baptist Convention

Heath Lambert, Albert Mohler, and SBTS Draw Line in Sand on Christian Counseling and Dr. Eric Johnson

Biblical Counseling, Christian Counseling, Nouthetic Counseling, Heath Lambert, Albert Mohler, Dr. Eric Johnson, SBTS There has been an ugly conflict in social media these last few days regarding the apparent firing of Dr. Eric Johnson from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). This petition - Petition Against the Wrongful Firing of Dr. Eric Johnson  - has been circulating… Continue reading Heath Lambert, Albert Mohler, and SBTS Draw Line in Sand on Christian Counseling and Dr. Eric Johnson

ABUSE & VIOLENCE IN THE CHURCH, Disturbing Trends, Doctrine as Idol, Spiritual Abuse

Hurricanes: How Christian Leaders Use and Abuse During Tragedies

Hurricanes, natural disasters, Kirk Cameron, Jim Bakker, Kat Kerr, spiritual abuse *** Have you noticed whenever there is a natural disaster, certain Christian leaders take advantage of the tragedy and promote their "stuff?" Huffington Post posted an example in an article about Jim Bakker and his guest, Rick Joyner: Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker claims Hurricane Harvey was God’s “judgment”… Continue reading Hurricanes: How Christian Leaders Use and Abuse During Tragedies

C.J. Mahaney, Christian Marriage, Council for Bibl. Manhood & Womanhood, Disturbing Trends, Dr. Albert Mohler, Extra-Biblical Nonsense, Gender Roles, Grace Community Church, John MacArthur, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Marriage, Owen Strachan, Patriarchal-Complementarian Movement, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Sovereign Grace Ministries Lawsuit, Troubling Tweets, Women and the Church

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 2016 Conference #CBMW16 Live Tweets and Complementarianism Cool-Aid

Complementarian CBMW Owen Strachan, John MacArthur, John Piper, Grant Castleberry, Albert Mohler, Gavin Peacock   The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is holding their conference, "The Beauty of Complementarity" in Complementarity Capital of the World, Louisville. The nice thing about live tweeting is that I don't have to research, it's coming hot off the… Continue reading Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 2016 Conference #CBMW16 Live Tweets and Complementarianism Cool-Aid

Christian Marriage, Disturbing Trends, Domestic Violence and Churches, Marriage, Marriages Damaged-Destroyed by Sp. Ab., Saeed Abedini, Spiritual Abuse, Women and the Church

Vetting, Accountability, Licensing, and Promoting for Pastor Saeed Abedini: Exploring What Went Wrong and How

The Qualifications Case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, and the Roles of Pastor Bob Caldwell, Franklin Graham, Jay Sekulow, and the American Evangelistic Association   The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.  Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,… Continue reading Vetting, Accountability, Licensing, and Promoting for Pastor Saeed Abedini: Exploring What Went Wrong and How

Disturbing Trends, Marriage, Modesty and Purity Teachings, Parenting, Women and the Church

Let’s Make Jesus Famous: Hype about Her Hymen

Patriarchy, Purity Pledge, Hymen, "Let's Make Jesus Famous" Virginity, Abstinence   So much ado about a little flap of skin. For realz, people? The idea of this just disgusts me.  Read the bottom of the Instagram picture: I like what this author wrote in, The Sexist Patriarchy of a Certificate of Purity: If you grew up… Continue reading Let’s Make Jesus Famous: Hype about Her Hymen

Crazy Things Church Leaders Say & Do, Disturbing Trends, Divorce, It's All About the Image, Narcissistic Pastors, Tullian Tchividjian

Concerns about Tullian Tchividjian’s Ministry Comeback as Director of Ministry Development at Willow Creek Church

** Tullian Tchividjian has a new pastor, Kevin Labby at Willow Creek Church, and a new job there as Director of Ministry Development only weeks after stripped of minister credentials   Tullian Tchividjian has a new job at Willow Creek Church. While some are applauding this new development, many are not. Here is his new job listing… Continue reading Concerns about Tullian Tchividjian’s Ministry Comeback as Director of Ministry Development at Willow Creek Church

Crazy Things Church Leaders Say & Do, Disturbing Trends, Shunning, Spiritual Abuse, Spiritual Bullies

Pastor David McGee Publicly Names and Excommunicates Four Church Members via His Facebook Page

*** Pastor David McGee of The Bridge Church publicly excommunicated or disfellowshipped four members via his Facebook page. *** *** On Thursday, Pastor David McGee of The Bridge Fellowship in Kernersville, North Carolina, posted a comment on his Facebook account publicly naming and "disfollowshipping" four church members. I repeat - this was done PUBLICLY on… Continue reading Pastor David McGee Publicly Names and Excommunicates Four Church Members via His Facebook Page

Disturbing Trends, Mark Driscoll, This . . . at Church?

Mark Driscoll, Dan Kellogg and Gold Creek Community Church’s Rap

Gold Creek Community Church, Pastor Dan Kellogg, Mark Driscoll and church rap and twerk video *** Twerking *** Why would a pastor invite someone he didn't even know personally - someone with a bad public reputation as an abuser - to come and speak to his church? It's all becoming crystal clear about Gold Creek… Continue reading Mark Driscoll, Dan Kellogg and Gold Creek Community Church’s Rap

Disturbing Trends, Domestic Violence and Churches, Failure to Report Crimes, Leaving the Church, No-Talk Rule, Russell Moore, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches

Questionning the Morality and Ethics of Samuel James and His Recent Article

 ***  Samuel James, ERLC, watchdog blogs, abuse, and the church *** Merriam-Webster defines the following: Morality beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior the degree to which something is right and good : the moral goodness or badness of something Ethics rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good… Continue reading Questionning the Morality and Ethics of Samuel James and His Recent Article

9Marks, Chuck O'Neal, Church Bandwagon, Church Governance or Policy Issues, Dictators, Disturbing Trends, Extra-Biblical Nonsense, Julie Anne's Personal Stories, Mark Dever, Misuse of Scripture, Spiritual Bullies

Mark Dever’s New Book and Pastors Who Use Language to Control Their Members to Not Connect with Others Outside of Church-Approved Groups

Mark Dever, 9Marks, and other pastors using language to control and coerce members to not engage in outside activities without church endorsement Mark Dever's parachurch organization, 9Marks, is advertising a new book written by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop. The book entitled, The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive (9Marks), is due to be released… Continue reading Mark Dever’s New Book and Pastors Who Use Language to Control Their Members to Not Connect with Others Outside of Church-Approved Groups

Disturbing Trends, Emotional Responses, Evangelism

Christians and Halloween: What’s a Christian to do?

*** There are various ways Christians respond to Halloween. What is a balanced response? ***   I have a hunch that Halloween can bring up some legalistic triggers for people, so I wanted to make sure to give an opportunity to discuss it. Kathi shared this on the SSB Facebook page:       Guilt… Continue reading Christians and Halloween: What’s a Christian to do?

Disturbing Trends, Personal Stories, Spiritual Abuse, Word of Faith Movement

A Personal Story: Spiritual Abuse through Word of Faith Teachings during Tragic Infant Loss

 *** Loura Lawrence shares her personal story of infant loss and spiritual abuse through Word of Faith occult-like teachings ***   October is the month designated for pregnancy and infant loss awareness, so this story is timely. Last week, I received a personal story of infant loss and spiritual abuse. Imagine combining the tragic loss of a… Continue reading A Personal Story: Spiritual Abuse through Word of Faith Teachings during Tragic Infant Loss

Disturbing Trends, Modesty and Purity Teachings, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches

Soul Tied: Harmful Spiritual Conclusions about Sex Abuse, Purity Culture, and Sex Abuse Victims

*** Christian leaders put their spiritual spin on sexual abuse and premarital sex and devalue young women in the process. *** The church has sometimes done a poor job on handling sex abuse and premarital sex and I was reminded once again this week. But let me back up and give other examples of how… Continue reading Soul Tied: Harmful Spiritual Conclusions about Sex Abuse, Purity Culture, and Sex Abuse Victims

Calvinism, Christian Love, Church Bandwagon, Disturbing Trends, Doctrine as Idol, J.D. Hall, Spiritual Bullies, Troubling Tweets

Who is @Rhology? What are #pulpiteers? How Do They Function?

*** Alan Maricle aka @Rhology defends and imitates J.D. Hall's (aka @pulpitandpen) bad behavior on Twitter. *** Admin note:  I'm going to take the easy route here and jump into a situation to discuss it without giving a lot of background. However, if you want to know the background of this story, please visit Wartburg Watch… Continue reading Who is @Rhology? What are #pulpiteers? How Do They Function?

Bill Gothard, Courtship, Disturbing Trends, Doug Wilson, John Piper, Owen Strachan, Parenting, Stay-At-Home Daughters Movement

Desiring God and Daddies Dating…Their Daughters’ Boyfriends? Is John Piper Promoting Patriarchy?

Are Desiring God & John Piper shifting to "Biblical Patriarchy" over complementarianism, following Gregg Harris', Bill Gothard's, Scott Brown's, Doug Phillips' and Doug Wilson's courtship model?     by Cindy Kunsman The champions of patriarchy worked hard last week, busy on the front lines by saving the world through their insight and wisdom. On June 11,… Continue reading Desiring God and Daddies Dating…Their Daughters’ Boyfriends? Is John Piper Promoting Patriarchy?

Disturbing Trends, Failure to Report Crimes, Leaving the Church, Mandatory Reporting, Meaning of Spiritual Sounding Board, Media Interviews with Julie Anne, Narcissistic Pastors, Safe Churches, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches, Spiritual Abuse, SPIRITUAL SOUNDING BOARD

Spiritual Abuse: Interview with Doug Bursch

*** *** Yesterday I did an interview with Doug Bursch from Seattle's KGNW radio station.  Doug describes himself in his bio as "a speaker, writer, pastor, teacher and evangelist."  We spoke about spiritual abuse, healthy and unhealthy churches.  I've done quite a few interviews since the lawsuit, but this one is my new favorite.  If… Continue reading Spiritual Abuse: Interview with Doug Bursch