There Is Hope

January is Spiritual Abuse Awareness month. Since 2020, when I began writing the story of my experience, I’ve learned more about spiritual abuse and its impact on those who’ve survived. We continue to see the headlines, watch the documentaries, and hear the heartbreaking stories of people affected by manipulative leaders and organizations. Fortunately, more people…

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Step Into the Light, Giant Church Inc

Great is the art of the beginning, but greater is the art of ending. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Three years ago, I began telling my story of leaving Giant Church Incorporated. I could never have guessed what would come of that. I had the privilege of working with amazing people and organizations over the last few…

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Raise Your Gaze Giant Church Inc

Last month, Giant Church Inc proved what the voices of those who speak out against it already know. The people who we served with for years, who claimed we were their family of choice, who we gave our time and care to, who counseled or walked us through painful and private events, proved once again…

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Sex, Lies, and Giant Church Inc

In his book, I Told Me So, Gregg A. Ten Elshof writes, “We manage our attention in order not to see things. In our avoidance of the truth, we procrastinate, adjust our sentiments, rationalize, and switch perspectives. And when none of that works, we solicit the help of our fellow self-deceivers.” I’m thankful for those…

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Giant Church Inc Is Still Giant Church Inc

One of the most popular podcasts of 2021 was The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. For those of us who’ve been talking about spiritual abuse for several years, the podcast brought a kind of relief initially. “Finally,” I thought, “now people will understand the harm toxic church cultures cause.” I felt a similar relief…

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Another Giant Church Inc Short Story

This is the last of a trio of short stories I wrote about Giant Church Inc. Though these stories are fictional, there are thousands of true stories like them. If you’ve experienced anything like what I’ve written about in my Giant Church Inc series, I’d love to hear from you. If you haven’t, praise God.…

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The Masquerade of Giant Church Inc

The lights faded to black. The place was dark except for the mini floor lights lining the aisles. Ashley, Kim, and Anna stood in front of their seats and stared at the stage. The crowd was quiet for the most part. Anna looked over at the other two, “Where’s the band?” Finally, the spotlights hit…

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Google to Board Member

After my family and I left our church, we had no idea where to turn to help us process what happened. We didn’t know what to call what we experienced. We felt confused and alone. We wish we’d had support like what Tears of Eden offers. What is Tears of Eden anyway? And how did a…

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Running Down a Giant Church Inc Dream

Jesus commissioned the disciples to go and make disciples. The church should be one of the main places where we are discipled – where we go and see Christlikeness and see a desire for it, where we go to learn how to follow Jesus and are transformed from the inside out. Not behavior modification or…

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Hope Is Greater Than Giant Church Inc

I’m right in the middle of a busy season in school and I absolutely love it. The amount of reading and writing assigned each week leaves little time for anything else, but I’m discovering a good rhythm that allows me to spend time with family and friends and complete my assignments without too much stress.…

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