This post is about social workers and the justice system taking children of protective mothers. While it focuses on Ireland, we can all learn from it because the Irish Republic is not the only country where the system is set up to favour abusers. The Alliance of Birth Mothers Campaigning for Justice (ABC) is an… Continue reading Don Hennessy on systemic abuse in Ireland
Father-daughter incest: is it prohibited in the Bible? This is not a stupid question.
Leviticus has several verses that forbid father-daughter incest. Despite this, the ESV Study Bible's note on Leviticus 18:6-18 reads as follows (bold emphasis mine): These laws prohibit sexual relations (approach....to uncover nakedness), and therefore marriage, between people who are too closely related by blood (mother, sister, granddaughter, aunt) or by marriage (stepmother, stepsister, stepdaughter, stepgranddaughter,… Continue reading Father-daughter incest: is it prohibited in the Bible? This is not a stupid question.
Have there been any “Biblical Patriarchy” homes that have been healthy?
Rebecca Davis asked a good question: Do you know anyone who grew up in a home that claimed to be a "Biblical patriarchal" home that was happy and healthy, with parents who loved and respected each other and in which the children grew up to be whole and well-functioning adults? Rebecca asked this question on… Continue reading Have there been any “Biblical Patriarchy” homes that have been healthy?
Australia’s Family Court is ordering children into unsafe situations
Australia is not the only place where children are being forced to have contact with abusers by the legal system. Caution: For some readers, some of the linked articles may be triggering. What is the so-called evangelical church doing about any of this? I answer that ^ question at the bottom of this post. I… Continue reading Australia’s Family Court is ordering children into unsafe situations
Family – is blood thicker than water?
"Blood is thicker than water" is often used to coerce victims of abuse to comply with the sinful beliefs and behaviour patterns within a family system. It is used to intimidate and extract loyalty from a member of the family whose conscience is more active and biblically guided than the rest of the family –… Continue reading Family – is blood thicker than water?
The tangled mess of mistaken notions about what the Bible teaches on divorce
The tangled mess of mistaken notions about the doctrine of divorce is truly a gigantic knot. It takes a lot of untying to get it correct. And most professing Christians, in my observation, are still carrying around at least one but probably several false notions about divorce doctrine. The false notions prop each other up… Continue reading The tangled mess of mistaken notions about what the Bible teaches on divorce
When kids have to spend time with an abusive parent, how can they apply ‘heap burning coals upon his head’?
A reader says: I am a post-divorce survivor of domestic violence. My family have grown and changed a lot along with me through this process....from being unwitting allies of my X, to now maintaining no contact and helping me escape from my abuser. My kids have to have regular visitation with their Dad by court… Continue reading When kids have to spend time with an abusive parent, how can they apply ‘heap burning coals upon his head’?