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Why is that Person your Friend?

23 October 2014, 06:00

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A commenter recently asked an obvious question of another: “Why do you think that person is your friend?” That rang a bell in me. There are times, when reading the stories people send me, that I ask something similar in my heart. Why do you think that person is your friend? Why would you keep […]

Toxic People: Narcissists in Ministry

7 March 2013, 06:00

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The most read Hope Blog posts in the last four years have been the the series addressing toxic people and how to deal with those in your life who are unrepentant human destruction machines. These posts have received tens of thousands of hits over the last few years as those searching have come across the […]

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 6: When You Cannot Leave

12 July 2012, 06:00

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The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 6: When You Cannot Leave We continue our Thursday series blogging through “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.” The first post in the series is here. If people in abusive systems are tired and wounded, why don’t they just leave? This chapter adds items 5, 6, and 7 […]

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 3: Abused Christians

21 June 2012, 06:00

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The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 3: Abused Christians We continue our Thursday series blogging through “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.” The first post in the series is here. This chapter is about how people who have experienced spiritual abuse have a lot in common with those who have had other abusive experiences. […]

Keeping Up Appearances.

21 November 2011, 06:00

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I am a survivor of Gothardism. I fully believe ATI is a twisted system of unrealistic rules and regulations. Even more, it gives abusive parents the tools and justification they need to rationalize their behavior. Let me start at the beginning. I went to public school from preschool through first grade. After that, my family […]