Category Archives: abuse

Hallmarks of Spiritual Abuse and Sally’s Story (© 2018, Sally Richardson)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction: Today’s post is a contribution from a reader in the UK who shares her story of spiritual abuse in several churches. She also presents a list of the hallmarks of such churches, which aligns with the … Continue reading

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“Responding to Spiritual Abuse at Authoritarian Churches” by Dale Rudiger

Below is another excellent article in a series by Dale Rudiger who blogs at The Ex-Catholic Journal. It is an important read, I believe, not just for ex-Catholics, but for anyone in churches who, by way of false doctrines, desire to … Continue reading

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Dealing With (Political and Other) Narcissists With Insights from David Johnston’s “Second Mile Principle”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In some of my recent posts I have been offering my perspective on the state of “lethal rage,” you might put it, that I have observed in the behaviors and vitriol from some the extremist ends of … Continue reading

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Is It The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival, Part 6: “Losin’ All Your Highs and Lows”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila A segment of the lyrics to the old Eagles’ tune, “Desperado,” that I listened to again, recently, speaks to the topic of this series. These words: “You’re losin’ all your highs and lows; ain’t it funny how … Continue reading

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Let HIM Love You…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila   How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing  (Jesus,  quoted in Matthew 23:37 NIV).     Loving Him I was … Continue reading

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Recognizing and Resisting Global (Asymmetric) Psychopathy: Red Flags and Four Strategies

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila PREVIOUSLY ON THE BLOG… In two prior posts here and here I commented on spiritual asymmetric warfare and the original psychopath (read: Satan) behind the global ones running amok on terra firma. I highlighted our weapons as believers “in the … Continue reading

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“The Only Divorce in the Bible,” by Cindy Burrell

Today’s post, an article by friend, author, and fellow blogger Cindy Burrell, reveals an in-context, well-researched exposition of God’s Word on the topic of divorce rarely if ever taught in today’s Christian churches. I believe it reveals God’s true heart … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones….Part 2

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The words of the reckless pierce like swords,     but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 NIV. I thought the pictures, below, might suffice for a thousand more words (as in the idiom, “a picture is … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones–But Words Will Crush My Spirit

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My sister Claire wrote up the following anecdote about an event she witnessed in a recent intercessory prayer session at her church. It was Sunday evening and time for the prayer warriors to gather and pray. You … Continue reading

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On Combatting the “Red Flags” of Global Psychopathy

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila If one has had occasion to study the ways and means of psychopaths, one cannot help but see so much of the current global mayhem through this lens.

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