I recently read World Magazine's Hidden Violence story, and I knew I needed to step forward and share my experience with Bethlehem Baptist in the Twin Cities (John Piper's former church). World's story covered a deeply rooted problem in the conservative church of...
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If you’re like most Christian women in confusing and painful marriages, you’ve tried everything.
You’ve read the books, the blogs, the sarcastic memes, and the devotionals.
You’ve paid for counseling, training, seminars, and conferences.
You’ve asked for advice from other couples, your parents, your pastors, friends, and the lady in the check-out line.
You’ve prayed and given up all the fun things to eat and bit your tongue, and read your Bible and journaled, cried, and begged.
But your marriage never changes. Or it just gets worse.
You’re withering. Your life looks like a wasteland. You feel like a shell of a woman.
So what’s the REAL ANSWER? What’s THE ONE THING YOU’RE MISSING?
It’s simple. It’s free. It’s right in front of you.
If it’s true that we learn from our mistakes, then I know a whole heck of a lot.
This episode, Part 2 of 2, is about the mistakes I made in church — the three main ways I lit myself on fire, with the encouragement of church leaders. All while trying to escape the inferno of an abusive marriage.
Confused? Horrified? Thirsty?
Then tune in. Cause it’s tea time, and I’m pouring.
What happens when a victim finally gets up the nerve to expose her abuser? She gets put on the rack and grilled. Here’s how her abuser pulls this off.
So here’s what to say on social media if you want to defend an idol who has just been accused of some type of abuse. (Warning: heavy dose of snark ahead.)
The pastor who wrote the sermon I analyzed two years ago is now being accused of sexual abuse 17 years ago. Go figure.
Hey, Sister! I'm Natalie. I used to be a conservative Christian woman following all the rules (my own and everyone else’s) and working hard to create a happy life for my family. My marriage was emotionally and spiritually destructive, and after two decades of utterly...
It’s like my husband spent our marriage throwing gasoline all over our home. Nobody could see it, but I could smell the fumes. They threatened to suffocate me. I knew that if I lit a match to illuminate the truth about the gasoline, I would burn our home down. I was warned, in so many words, never to light that match.
To move forward, survivors of emotional and spiritual abuse need answers to questions like: How do I deal with emotional triggers?