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New Podcast: Runaway Radical

I just posted our sixth episode of the Chief Sinner podcast! This one is an interview we did this morning with Amy and Jonathan Hollingsworth about their stories of spiritual abuse and bullying they received at the hands of those in leadership positions during and after Jonathan’s missions trip to Africa. 180 more words


A Story About Ants

A few years ago, I had a major ant problem in my apartment. Thankfully, they were confined to a few specific areas but they caused me a lot of anxiety and stress. 480 more words

Fear is a weapon of control, but embracing it is so empowering.

And the things that we fear are a weapon to be held against us… – Ian Rush

Yesterday while putting away some things the song The Weapon off of Rush’s Signals album popped up on the old iPod, and it struck me how much the words ring true to things going on around me now in the news and in my life. 905 more words

Lyrically Speaking

Cultivating sexual abuse in religious communities

In the last weeks, a Royal Commission inquiry has been hearing details of appalling child sexual abuse in Ballarat by Catholic clergy members. The community there has been ravaged by an epidemic of suicides and serious ongoing debility among survivors leading some observers to beg the question, could there be a culture within the Catholic Church that fosters abuse? 2,923 more words

Sexual Abuse

trickle-down cults

[art by Elvin Aliyev]
[for new followers: I swear sometimes.]


I grew up in a cult.


That’s what I say when I have to start explaining my life to someone. 1,257 more words

Christian Fundamentalism

How I Became a Disillusioned Homeschooler: Elisheba's Story

Image by R.L. Stollar.

HA notes: The author’s name has been changed to ensure anonymity. “Elisheba” is a pseudonym. 

Content warning: descriptions of self-injury.

I used to be a good homeschooler. 1,863 more words


Tonight on the Write Stuff -- Between Two Gods with Trudy Harder Metzger

In romantic movies there’s the classic plot of a man or a woman caught between two people. Both are desirable but in different ways. The classical storyline is the girl who’s caught in the clutches of desire for the ‘bad boy’ and the ‘good man’. 217 more words

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