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Jason Meyer doesn’t understand domestic abuse very well. Chris Moles trained him.

Pastor Jason Meyer is happy for people to talk about domestic abuse in mutualizing language and to airbrush the fact that perpetrators are the sole cause of abuse. He is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church Minnesota (John Piper’s former church). Despite the fact that he and his elders have been trained by Chris …

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Instone-Brewer’s Views on Divorce Compared to Mine: Part 2, Differences.

Click here for Part 1 of this two-part series To most outsiders, the person who leaves the marriage looks like the deserter. If a victim of domestic abuse leaves their abusive partner or in some other way declares the marriage over, and (as is so often the case) the abuser effectively manipulates the perceptions and opinions of the …

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Neutrality is not neutral

[August 11, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.] With domestic abuse, it’s not okay for pastors to take a neutral stance vis a vis perpetrator and victim. The church ought to fully support victims while holding perpetrators accountable. …

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Helping an Abuse Victim without being Duped by the Abuser

If a friend or member of your congregation tells you of the abusive relationship she is enduring, one of the most validating things you can do is to believe her.  The validation of being believed empowers the victim and may help her to understand even more clearly the abusive relationship she is in — especially if the …

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Trying to explain, and trying and trying and trying

Lyrics [Internet Archive link] [August 6, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.] Audrey Assad’s “I Shall Not Want” is to Ellie as “Eye of the Tiger” is to Rocky Balboa. Every line of that song has come …

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Total Depravity Of . . . The Saints?

the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:25 ESV) When victims of domestic abuse disclose to a pastor that their mate is abusive, some pastors respond like this: “Total depravity …

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