How Healing Starts to Happen

How Healing Starts to Happen “not once,” i whisper. “not once did you or mum come into my room, sit on my bed and say sorry. not once did you ask me how i was doing; why i was hurting myself, and what you could do to help.” Click here to continue reading How Healing […]

Spiritual Abuse and Christmas Trees

Spiritual Abuse and Christmas Trees By Eric M. Pazdziora I think I finally figured out what Christmas trees are really about. A while ago I found a blog article on the subject of our friend Mr. Tannenbaum. Apparently (the author observed) some folks believe that Christmas trees are pagan symbols that the church has adopted […]

Letter From a Friend

Letter From a Friend by Elizabeth Wyse Cook My dear friend, I know you have been through some rough times recently. Your family does not understand why you have done what you have done. Most of your friends are probably avoiding you. But deep inside, you know you did the right thing by leaving. You […]

The Myth of “Normal”

The Myth of “Normal” When I was young, I envied those who told breath-catching testimonials of how they came to Christ. I  listened, enraptured, to stories featured on our local religious radio station and dreamed of how thrilled God must be with these dramatically-acquired souls. Many met Him in death-defying places; others spoke of time […]

You Have a Story

You Have a Story My strategy to survive was to appease the soldiers and to make friends with them. I thought, if only we could make friends with these soldiers, then we would survive.  But porters can die at any time. For example, if a soldier got angry and just shot me with his gun, […]

The Cultic Family, Part III

The Cultic Family, Part III In my last two articles (part one here) I addressed characteristics within a cultic family environment and some of the physiological effects they have on adult children. In this conclusion, I’d like to address some important features in light of our Christian faith. It can be argued that some traits […]

The Cultic Family, Part III

The Cultic Family, Part III In my last two articles (part one here) I addressed characteristics within a cultic family environment and some of the physiological effects they have on adult children. In this conclusion, I’d like to address some important features in light of our Christian faith. It can be argued that some traits […]

Broken

Broken By Eric M. Pazdziora broken arm is painful. A broken glass is dangerous. A broken mirror is unlucky. A broken heart is depressing. A broken toy is sad. A broken promise is wrong. So it’s strange that some well-meaning devotional writers tell us that spiritual brokenness is something we should aspire to, an attitude […]

Who is Your God?

Who is Your God? by Hillary McFarland “I’m okay with Jesus. It’s God I’m not too sure about.” or many daughters of patriarchy, God is an imposing figure. Why wouldn’t He be? His name is the one attached to doctrines of men. He is the why behind many destructive religious lifestyle choices. From the earliest […]

The Sanctuary of Life

The Sanctuary of Life I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10 Life. A simple word pulsing with complexity. As you reflect, what images come to mind? Answers emerge from the day-portraits of our years—fun, stressful, challenging, hard, i-wish-i-were-dead, boring, exciting, an adventure, depressing—but I […]