A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

We can learn a lot about wise reconciliation by comparing and contrasting our own situations to that of Joseph

1. When Joseph tested his brothers so stringently, he came from a position of robust health, self-confidence and social approval. The abuse Joseph suffered, whilst grave, was not so extreme, soul-destroying or prolonged that he was permanently damaged. Joseph’s trauma was relatively light compared to the trauma of long-term domestic abuse, repeated rape, child abuse, …

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Some news from Barb and an update of a previous post

I have updated my post Joseph’s treatment of his brothers — reflections and applications. Click that link to read the updated version. I altered the post after receiving constructive criticism from one of my readers. 
The address (the URL) of the post is unchanged. I am taking a partial break for the next couple of weeks. …

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Blindness Series Digest

Here is a list of the posts in my series on blindness. 1. Are abusers blind? Are abusers deceived? What does the Bible say? 2. Blindness from Original Sin 3. Blindness exacerbated by individual choice 4. Blindness exacerbated by group choice and group-leader choice 5. Blindness as a result of being deceived by others 6. Blindness as a judgment from …

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Don Hennessy on his book “Steps To Freedom” – interviewed by Irish radio

  Don Hennessy speaks with wisdom and compassion. Much good info here. One thing I learned that I hadn’t heard before was Don giving more details about the Cork Relationship Counseling Centre’s experience of running groups for male perpetrators. After running those groups for a while, they realised that the groups were doing more harm …

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Joseph’s treatment of his brothers — reflections and applications

Update: I have altered this post after receiving constructive criticism from Sister. 
I no longer agree with everything I wrote in the first version but am keeping the first version in the public domain as a PDF (link). It can also be found at the Web Archive — Barbara Roberts, April 16th, 2021 *** Joseph’s …

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Joseph’s brothers were afraid of Joseph even though he had forgiven them

After their father died, the ten older brothers were afraid of Joseph’s anger. This post explores why. It also discusses the value of comprehensive horizontal confession: confessing in detail to the person we have hurt exactly how we sinned against them. (Gen 50:14-15) After Joseph buried his father, he returned to Egypt with his brothers …

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