Entries by dianel

Listening to God’s Voice to Silence Trauma

The burden of Habakkuk… “How long, O Lord, will I call for help, And you will not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!’. Yet You do not save. Why do you make me see iniquity… destruction and violence are before me… justice is never upheld” (1:2-4, NASB 1995) Does this resonate with you?

Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and the Body of Christ

“I have been concerned and grieved for years by the statement: “Our church required we sign an NDA. There would be no compensation if we ever spoke about what happened”. In other words humans who have been mistreated, abused or used in some fashion must keep silent or the church would, bluntly put, do harm to them and/or their reputation…”

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6 NASB).What an unusual thing to say. Who would think that a gnawing need for anything would be considered a blessed state?….”

The Spiritual Life of the Therapist: We Become What We Habitually Reflect

As image bearers we reflect, assimilate and are shaped by the forces that surround us. Therapists are profoundly impacted by the suffering and evil with which they sit. We become like that which we habitually reflect. This paper explores the potentially negative impact of therapeutic work and the call of the Scriptures in the life […]

Translators for God

Several years ago, I was in Brazil speaking at two conferences on sexual abuse. It was one of those experiences that is life altering. I will not look at the world, the church, myself or my faith in quite the same way ever again. I gleaned many things from my time there and was richly […]