"Abused by God's People" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Abused by God’s People

I like this cartoon because it depicts Jesus as a victim of his own people, and therefore an experienced advocate. One of the most insidious realities of abuse is that it is often inflicted by those we trust. The very ones we surrendered ourselves to are the very ones who…

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"Why I Warned About the Wolves" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

A Hard Lesson I Learned About Dealing With Wolves

GET A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON This is a confession and an apology. A few years ago, in my online community The Lasting Supper, we were experiencing some conflict. I was doing my best to resolve it, but regardless of my efforts and the efforts of the other facilitators, it…

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"Abuse Isn't Always Visible" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Abuse Isn’t Always Visible

Abuse isn’t always visible. Especially spiritual abuse. Here’s a question: Is being controlled the same as being abused? I cartoon and write a lot about spiritual abuse. Most of the members of my online community “The Lasting Supper: Help Yourself!” are survivors of spiritual abuse. They are helping themselves heal……

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"Sweeping Spiritual Abuse Under the Carpet" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Why Churches Can Get Away with Spiritual Abuse

OWN THIS PRINT In spite of the protests I get nearly every day that my focus on abuse in the church is unbalanced and unnecessary because it is so rare, I continue to address it because millions of people are recipients of spiritual abuse at the hands of their spiritual…

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"A Subtle Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Ten Subtle Ways You Could Be Abused

I know “abuse” is being discussed a lot these days. Spiritual abuse is becoming a more recognized reality even in psychology circles. Religious PTSD is a newly recognized and legitimate field of study and therapy. Some might say that I’m using the word “abuse” too liberally because they would claim…

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"Just the Messenger" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

How Some Church Leaders Get Away With Abuse

I read an interesting article on the brilliance of the rhetorical devices that Trump uses. The one that interested me the most is called “paralipsis”, where the speaker or writer brings up a subject by denying it or accrediting it to someone else. I’ve been listening to Trump and his…

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"Women Survivors & the Church" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Naghmeh Abedini, Women Survivors, and the Church

The other day, Christianity Today posted an outrageous interview with Saeed Abedini concerning his ministry, his marriage, and the allegations of abuse against him made by his wife, Naghmeh. My primary concern as her friend is for the safety and happiness of Naghmeh. But my other concern is the response…

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