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10 Ways to Spot Spiritual Abuse

This topic has been ricocheting in my heart and head many years. I’ve noticed a greater influx of reader email and Facebook conversations about this topic, so much so that I felt it would be wise to address it again. (I wrote this post five ago, and I’ve updated it to give you more resources.) […]

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06 – How to Spot Spiritual Abuse

http://media.blubrry.com/prayeveryday/p/traffic.libsyn.com/uncagedpodcast/Uncaged_Podcast_-_Episode_6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSSHere is the original viral post that this podcast is based on. Some things to remember as you assess the ministry you’re associated with or the church you attend in terms of spiritual abuse: Honor is […]

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If you’ve been spiritually abused…

This is a request from Barb Orlowski who is doing research on those who have experienced spiritual abuse. As many of you know, I’ve written about this here. And Barb chatted about her book, Spiritual Abuse Recovery here. … Greetings! You are invited to participate in a New Survey regarding those who have experienced spiritual […]

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Resource for the spiritually abused

Today I’m thankful to have Barbara M. Orlowski talking about her book Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness. For those of you who read the post about spiritual abuse and the accompanying post about what to do in its aftermath, this resource will be very helpful! Barbara addresses the gap […]

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An Open Letter to Pope Francis about the Sexual Abuse of Children

Dear Pope Francis, First, a thank you. Thank you for saying alarming, beautiful things, for elevating Jesus, for seeing Him on the face of the downtrodden, for loving our earth and demonstrating humility. You have been a breath of spring air, a reminder of the dignity of Jesus’ church. It’s in light of your heart […]

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I Stand for Sexual Abuse Victims

I ache when I hear or read about sexual assault. I simply cannot handle it. It’s even worse when I see the church perpetrating it or covering it up. When I learn about a powerful person perpetrating against the weak, I’m back in the schoolyard, wanting to duke it out with the bully. Problem is, […]

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I’m stepping out onto the field for sexual abuse victims

I watched the movie 42 last week, and I cried several times. God used the movie to speak to me profoundly, and in some ways I’m not even sure I can put words to paper about the change in me. You see, God has shown me something way down deep. I ache and writhe when […]

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The Scar of Sexual Abuse

The Scar of Sexual Abuse

I’m over at Rachel Held Evans’ blog today sharing my story in more detail. It’s not a tale of spiritual abuse, but of sexual abuse and the scar that followed me the rest of my life. Note: trigger alert. It begins: On a recent run, I watched as two young boys, maybe first graders, labored […]

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What to do if you’re in a spiritually abusive situation

A little bit ago I wrote about spiritually abusive ministries and how you could spot them. I had a lot of interaction there, particularly people telling me their stories. As I thought about it, I realized I raised an issue without giving some feedback about how to better the situation. As one who wants to […]

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Is hanging out in a coffeeshop, church?

One of my most trafficked blog posts is Spiritual Abuse: 10 Ways to Spot it. While I’m not an expert on spiritually abusive churches or ministries, I’ve had my share of negative experiences, some bordering on abuse. As I read through the comments, I saw a lot of hurting people, some of whom have left […]

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