What happens when modern day spiritual gurus meet up with our favorite Bible characters? What spiritual advice would today’s spiritual leaders offer? Welcome to a new satire series that exposes today’s most spiritually abusive world views. We’ll start with a nouthetic Bible counselor and the future King David. We’ll also see what Desiring God has to say about the female schemes of Ruth and Naomi. We spend so much time crying. How about a laugh for a change?
Feelings of worthlessness come from the stories others have told us about ourselves over the years. Here’s a different story.
There is a cancer growing unseen and silent in the Church. It has embedded itself so strongly in the fabric of the church that many Christians believe it is part of the church itself. That without it, the church would be destroyed from the inside out.
But the opposite is true. This cancer is telling a lie about God (blaspheming), destroying the children of God, and creating a huge barrier in the spread of the gospel.
Women of faith in emotionally abusive relationships often struggle with making the decision to stay or leave the relationship. Here are four things to consider about this life-changing decision.
Are you a woman of faith who is also either separated or divorced? The holiday season can be one of the most devastating times of the year. I recently asked my Facebook readers to tell me what they dreaded most about the holiday season. Here’s what they said.
Power-over is not healthy, and it leads to abuse. A healthy marriage is a partnership that includes mutuality in six areas.
You may have been taught that self-care is selfish, but is that really true? I believe self-care is essential to effectively caring for others. Here’s why.
When someone disapproves of us or something we did or said, it’s not comfortable, is it? It feels icky. We feel small, like this woman in the picture hiding in a box. To tolerate the disapproval of others doesn’t mean we don’t feel bad about it. Of course we feel bad about it. Nobody likes to be scolded, yelled at, told they are stupid or ridiculous or misinformed or ignorant. Negative feedback is always going to sting. Abusive feedback is always going to feel even worse.
The problem for some of us is that when someone disapproves of us, it not only hurts, but we feel that we need to change something about ourselves or about what we believe in order to gain their approval. Another problem is that instead of feeling a sting when someone disapproves, many of us feel an overwhelming and even debilitating sense of shame that paralyzes us in different ways.
This is the first article in a new series called Lessons from the Ladder. I get the title of this series from my original article called Ten Steps Out of Relationship Hell in which I write about the red hot ladder rungs we have to climb if we want to get out of the relationship pit we’ve been stuck in… Read More
False piety is the voice of the enemy (I Peter 5:8). The accuser (Rev. 12:10). The liar (John 8:44). It’s anti-Christ (John 2:18). It’s darkness disguised as an angel of light (II Cor. 11:14). It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15). Because it does its dirty work in disguise, it gets away with all kinds of mischief. It counts on us being too naive to recognize it or too unsure or “nice” to call it out for what it is. But that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.