Here is a link to a short video of Mark Driscoll sharing some thoughts about (former) members of his leadership team. Embedding was disabled, so take a minute to follow the link. I don’t know what is going on at Mars Hills, so I won’t comment on it.
In our situation, there were similar circumstances of rewritten bylaws, fortifying control, accusations of disrespect, firings cloaked as resignations, squelching of questions, threats not to gossip, insinuation of guilt, shunning of those in question, and an abundance of disinformation and guarded information. Of course, in our situation, what smelled like a rat turned out to really be a rat.
I have not written much about spiritual abuse on this blog. My old blog still has steady daily traffic, much of it directed to the spiritual abuse articles. The posts that I wrote at that time are linked on my *Recommended* page at this blog. While I feel like I have personally moved on from there, I cannot help but be drawn back to the importance of the issue by the many personal emails I still get from people when they run across these articles. It isn’t that the articles contain answers, but that when people read them, they realize that others have gone through and put into words something they are currently experiencing.
I posted awhile back about a spiritual abuse survey that Barb Orlowski was conducting of both victims and pastors for her doctoral research. If any of you would like to participate in her survey, you can use the email from that post.
A Winnipeg paper recently wrote an article about her study.
I may be absent for a bit while I try to remove the tax millstone from my neck. Apparently I am not the only one. Hopefully I will break free soon.
In the meantime, if you want to, you can go to the comment section of the Unbelievable! post and explain to Gary why God is more real than a unicorn.