Should Abused Women (or Men) Stay with Their Spouses?

Comments by a Southern Baptist seminary president about divorce, even in situations of abuse, has led to a rebellion by thousands of Southern Baptist women and men. Many were demanding the seminary president’s resignation, and he has since apologized for his...

Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique

The White House’s spinning of the Benghazi attack, the IRS’ targeting of the Tea Party, and the Department of Justice’s spying on the Associated Press all disclose varying degrees of the abuse of power. Responding to the disclosure that the Justice...

5 Ways Churches Can Curb Pastoral Abuse

Unfortunately, scandals involving the abuse of authority by leaders in churches seem to be occurring on a more frequent basis. Pastoral abuse of any form – whether it is emotional, psychological, social, physical, financial or sexual – occurs when pastors overstep...

Boundaries 101: How They Keep Your Church Healthy

The headlines are relentless. I wince every time I hear of a minister violating sexual or moral boundaries. I listen sadly as clergy describe unrealistic demands placed upon them by their congregation. Over the years, I have seen the great harm inflicted on...

We Teach Children That Incivility is Rewarded

Our country and much of the world has expressed shock and horror at the verbal and physical treatment meted out to a 68-year-old grandmother and bus monitor in Greece, New York. Karen Klein tried to maintain her composure while her tormentors continued their assault....