mental health & wellness, Scripture, theological

Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

"Deceived, tied up, and held at knife-point -- all by his own father? Because God said so? Talk about traumatic!" an older lady exclaimed. I was sitting in a lectionary Bible study this morning, discussing the story of the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) as many lectionary users may have done today. And let's just… Continue reading Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

church, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, theological

In The Name Of The Holy Spirit?

In John 14, when Jesus describes the Holy Spirit to his disciples, the Spirit is described as an advocate, helper, comforter, or counselor (depending on which translation you use). That's the truth, the alpha and omega of the Holy Spirit's character, and where I'll begin and end this blog post. But here's another, harder truth:… Continue reading In The Name Of The Holy Spirit?

arts & creativity, church, ministry

Recovering from Spiritual Abuse: “We’re Listening”

Alternative title for this post: "That Awkward Moment When You Ask A Minister If You Can Please Use A Bad Word In Church"  CREATIVE EXPRESSION: "We're Listening" A few days ago, I got to share a bit of writing at an event called "8 Minutes Max," an open forum at Church of the Incarnation which… Continue reading Recovering from Spiritual Abuse: “We’re Listening”

church, ministry

Recovering from Spiritual Abuse: “I’m Listening”

Last week, while "Speaking Out About Spiritual Abuse," I suggested that not listening lies at the root of spiritual abuse. So, fittingly, I think listening lies at the root of spiritual abuse recovery.  It starts with telling one person -- a counselor, minister, mentor, or trusted friend. Eventually, some people benefit from wider audiences, perhaps sharing… Continue reading Recovering from Spiritual Abuse: “I’m Listening”

church, ministry

Speaking Out About Spiritual Abuse

According to Spiritual Abuse Recovery Resources, spiritual abuse "occurs when someone in a position of spiritual authority misuses that authority, placing themselves over God’s people to control, coerce, or manipulate them for seemingly godly purposes which are really their own purposes." What does that actually look like? Author and speaker Mary DeMuth gives "10 ways… Continue reading Speaking Out About Spiritual Abuse