The church has seemed to become more concerned about its own belly button than for its mission to God's world.
Why was I so grief-stricken? I had lost communion. I had lost communion in the name of God.
Why do survivors of domestic violence go back to their abusers? The same reasons pop up within the toxic workplace for why employees stay with an abusive organization.
When the pastor is feeding on the sheep, it can be difficult for a church member to separate their faith in Christ from their faith in the leader.
Many Christians are suspicious of systems theory because they think in a “western individualistic” way. However, the Bible was written largely to a much less individualistic culture and speaks much holistically to both individual and group think.
Pride and jealousy. It is extraordinary what these sins can do to a leader.
Those who suggest emotional or verbal abuse is not really abuse need to consider scripture and psychology.
When your pastor says, "If you don't trust me, you don't trust God," run.
Will the "evil" God returns to my abuser be in this life (through trials and tribulations), the end of his life, or simply in the final judgment? He says, in faithfulness, he will "put an end to them."
Saul was just like the other kings. He was wicked and abusive. And he had enablers who supported his abusive behavior.