"Insidious Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

when abuse goes underground

[Like this cartoon? Get a print for just $19 HERE.]In my experience and observation, often when an organization, church, or leader gets accused of being abusive, rather than offering a genuine apology, a kind of non-apology is provided and the abuse becomes more insidious. We are very ingenious at continuing…

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"The Wrong Reasons to Go to Church" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

the wrong reasons to go to church

I read recently where someone still feels a tinge of guilt for not going to church years after leaving it. It takes a long time to kick old habits. The hardest part about kicking addictions is not the behavior itself, but our need for it. What is the need behind…

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how to beat people up without even touching them

I have been on a huge learning curve this last week. I’ve come to realize on a deeper level how significant a role shame plays in our culture, and especially our religious, spiritual and church culture. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1986 and began the…

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