The rise and fall of spiritual abuse

With the popularity of the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast, people are talking more and more about spiritual abuse.  Which seems like a cue to hit publish on a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

I began a deep dive into researching the topic of spiritual abuse in the spring of 2020 – when Steve Timmis was removed from heading up Acts29.  What was weird to me was that the accusations laid out by some folks in Timmis’ church sounded…fairly standard?  I mean, clearly not great, but I was disturbed by how non-shocking I found them.  That seemed like a good indicator I needed to do a little exploration into my own brain and the nature of abuse of power.

Women, God gave us Easter.

I’ve heard apologists point to Mary at the empty tomb as evidence of the truthfulness of the Gospels. A woman’s testimony was inadmissible as a witness, so, if you were making up this story, you wouldn’t want to write that a woman was the one to see Jesus first.

But long before anyone was writing this story down, God was threading it together. And He chose Mary to be the one that day. Think about that for a second.

March 23. Anniversaries and such.

Today is my one-year anniversary.

It’s very rare to know the date of the day you got sick, but I know.  Because over the past year I’ve seen over 20+ doctors and had to recount this strange story more time than I can count.  At some point, early on, I opened up a note in my phone and began to track dates and symptoms so that I could update the Drs I was speaking with.

So here you go:

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Singles: redeem love.

Happy V-day, my loves!

I love today. I have always loved Valentines’ Day. Much thanks to my mom, dad, BFF Andrea for always making me feel so loved on this day. Because of them, I have always believed V day is for singles, as much as couples.

But I’ll tell you what, single people – more than we need to redeem Valentines’ day – we need to redeem love.