Category Archives: Controversies

The Benedict Option

In short, we are going to have to be the church, without compromise, no matter what it costs. Continue reading

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The implications of “safe spaces” FROM kids with special needs

The court said the video’s depiction of happy Down syndrome children is “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.” Continue reading

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The mental and physical health crisis of kids in foster care

Foster care placement in and of itself may represent a risk factor for mental and physical health problems. Continue reading

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Five reasons limiting electronics is harder for kids with mental health conditions

I am suggesting that parents consider why their child’s reactions to being parented in their use of technology are so extreme and to consider how they might address the “why” that fuels their child’s apparent addiction to their electronic toys. Continue reading

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Is the sexual revolution driving our kids to suicide?

Teens who voluntarily engage in sexual activity or are victims of sexual violence are far more likely to experience suicidal thinking or behavior than their peers. Continue reading

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4 reasons why teens cut to COPE

Because acronyms help facts stick in our head, I’ve created one here: COPE. Teens – or kids or adults – cut for Control, as an Obsessive Behavior, as Punishment, or as an Emotional release. Continue reading

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4 thoughts on being a church leader with alcoholism

Bring your stories of redemption, we say. Your testimonies of sobriety are welcome here. But if you’re in the muck right now, we’d really rather you clean yourself up because we don’t really want to get dirty. Continue reading

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Review: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker

The book mixes the personal and the theological, serving as both a wife’s narrative of enduring domestic abuse by a pastor husband and a theology professor’s analysis of the biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary issues surrounding abuse in the church. Continue reading

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10 ways to be a safe church for sexual assault survivors

How can our churches be safe places for survivors like me, even those who will never disclose their stories? Continue reading

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Does the media use persons with mental illness as scapegoats for violence?

A new study suggests the media implicates mental illness as a cause of violence with increasing frequency and in doing so, is complicit in increasing the stigma experienced by persons with mental illness and their families.
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