Is it always wrong to run?

It’s a classic sermon challenge “What are you running away from?” It’s a good challenge. Often people are on the run. Shame, guilt and fear are the primary causes of running. We are afraid that our shame and guilt will be exposed, we are afraid of enemies, of mocking, of abuse. Continue reading

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When my enemies attack (Psalm 3)

Our 930 and 1115 Congregations are currently exploring 2 Samuel 14-24. These chapters tell the story of Absalom’s rebellion against David. Alongside the main teaching, we are encouraging people to reflect on some of the Psalms providing reflection, commentary and response on the events. Our preacher on Sunday picked up on Psalm 3 which David wrote about the time when he was on the run from Absalom. Continue reading

Preach carefully – looking after victims in church

I’ve been writing a few articles in response to a challenge raised on twitter about whether churches were safe places to refer abuse victims. Continue reading

Bullies/Abusers, Victims and Church

I saw a very sad comment on twitter the other day. The comment was that the person would never refer an abuse victim to a church to seek help. They didn’t say it to gloat or to condemn. Rather, they said that it made them sad/angry to say this. Continue reading

Power, sex, abuse and the local church

On Sunday I stated that the church should not be a place where people are made vulnerable because of harassment and abuse from others (often though not exclusively men) who use power to manipulate and control for their own personal gratification. Continue reading

The Bruised Reed means …(5) Restoration for those damaged by false teaching and spiritual abuse

We started by talking about recovery for the abused. Sadly, not only do we see victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse but we also see a lot of victims of spiritual abuse. This happens when religious leaders use their authority position to control and manipulate. Continue reading